Sustainability: Creating a sustainable future in the architecture industry

Sponsored by: LEAF

Focused on:

  • Sustainable Design
  • Green Architecture
  • Eco Design
  • Eco Friendly Architecture
  • Earth Friendly Architecture
  • Environmental Architecture

Date: 3 October


Time: 10AM London/5AM New York

Sustainability: a holistic approach to environmental, economic and social management

Sustainable architecture aspires to encourage architects, designers, community planners and real estate developers to create buildings and communities that will neither deplete natural resources nor negatively impact the Earth's functioning. This process involves implementing a combination of energy-efficient technology, renewable materials, and innovative design to reduce waste, promote sustainable products to therefore minimise the environmental impact of a new development.

This one hour discussion will explore:
• The latest innovations around sustainable architecture
• New insights on best practice to minimise climate change
• Overcoming cost related issues with Green architecture and design
• How to successfully meet the needs of today’s generation without compromising the needs of the next

The webinar is the last one in the series ahead of the 2019 edition of the annual Leading European Architects Forum taking place in Berlin, Germany, on the 23rd and 24th October 2019.
The Forum consistently attracts original and influential thinkers in the industry, creating a programme that debates and challenges the issues facing the architectural community and our built environment at large. This year traditionally we will bring together senior decision makers from leading international architectural practices, contractors, developers, engineers, designers and suppliers to discuss future build projects, challenges they face, key design features and tech innovations changing the way they work.

Presented by

Anis Abou-Zaki, Partner Environmental Design and Sustainability, Foster + Partners,

Anis joined Foster + Partners in 2011. He leads a team of environmental engineers and designers working along the architects to deliver integrated sustainable design buildings and masterplans.

He is an expert in passive and responsive design, environmental and microclimate analysis, wind environment, renewable energy and low to-zero-carbon technologies. He is a LEED AP and GSAS-CGP with extensive knowledge and application of sustainability accreditation tools and Health and Wellbeing systems.

Cristina Gamboa, CEO, World Green Building Council,

CEO, World Green Building Council

Cristina Gamboa, CEO of the World Green Building Council is a passionate advocate for green buildings and cities as one of the most effective solutions to climate change and as a means to deliver on social justice and other environmental goals, such as stopping biodiversity loss.

Prior to joining WorldGBC, she was CEO of Colombia Green Building Council and also has expertise in the fields of economic research, journalism and international affairs. Thanks to her active, committed and participatory leadership, and thorough knowledge of sustainable development, the Colombia GBC met significant milestones that enabled sustainability in construction to become mainstream in her home country.

Her degrees include a BA in Economics from University of Los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) and a MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, Washington DC, U.S.A.).
Recent keynote conferences include SE4All Forum in Lisbon 2018, Greenbuild Chicago 2018, and IADB Policy Forum for Ministers and Authorities of Housing and Urban Development in LAC Buenos Aires 2017.
Cristina is based in London, UK.

Monika Moser, Managing Director, Wilson Associates,

Monika is Regional Managing Director with Wilson Associates, a global interior design firm specializing in the hospitality industry. Currently managing Wilson Associate’;s offices in Paris (Atelier Tristan Auer), London and New York, Monika is overseeing major luxury projects in France, Italy, Germany, United Kingdom, Israel, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Thailand, China and USA.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela with a German citizenship, Monika has lived in several countries in South America and Europe and is fluent in five languages. Monika is a hotelier at heart. She was raised in the hospitality industry, as her father has been a hotelier for over 50 years. With more than 20 years of her own experience in hotel operations in Europe, she’;s an authority in luxury hospitality. She has previously held management positions in various luxury hotels in Paris, and oversaw the opening of the Hotel Four Seasons George V, the Hilton Arc de Triomphe and the Shangri-la Hotel Paris. She also held management positions with the Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere Paris , two additional Hilton Hotels in Paris and the Alain Ducasse hotel group Chateaux et Hotels de France.

In 2010 she obtained the MBA in Hospitality Management IMHI at ESSEC University in France and in 1999, the Certificate in Hospitality Management at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

In addition to her work with Wilson Associates, Monika was active on the board of the Alumni Association of IMHI during 8 years, is currently the French Chapter President of the Cornell Hotel Society, and Secretary of the Board of the American University Club in France.

Asif Din, Architect, Sustainability Director, Perkins+Will,

Asif is an Architect with over 18 years' experience in delivering sustainable design projects. Notably BedZED and Jubilee Wharf in Penryn, Cornwall. He has worked in the UK and abroad in China and the Middle East.

He has designed components as well as buildings that make sustainable buildings work this has included heat pump systems, solar facades and zero fan power heat recovery systems. He will be focussing on sustainable strategy for Perkins and Will sustainable offering to clients.

Asif has always been interested in efficiency in Architecture and is reflected in his education firstly at Nottingham University with Robert and Brenda Vale and then at Oxford Brooks for his RIBA part II with Sue Roaf. He has just submitted a PhD in Life Cycle design of buildings at London Metropolitan University.

Paolo Di Trapani, Founder, President and CEO of CoeLux®

Paolo is a physicist, passionate about outdoor life and light.

He is founder, president and CEO of CoeLux®, the company that has invented and commercialized artificial skylights indistinguishable from real ones. By his work, Paolo's aim is to challenge the status quo of how people live Indore spaces. This by means of a technological artefact able to connect people to the sky even more effectively than a real window.

Prior to this experience, Paolo has developed "Di Luce in Luce", a wide-audience science-and-art theatrical exhibition: in the aim of connecting people to art (poetry, fine art, photography, etc.), the performance tackles the indoor physical reconstruction of spectacular optical atmospheric phenomena and stages what artist might have experienced in nature, before making in their masterpieces.

Co-author/inventor of >300 scientific publications/patent applications, PI of >40 research projects, Paolo is professor of optics at Insubria University in Como (IT), where he performs experimental and theoretical research in the field of laser physics and ultrafast linear, nonlinear and quantum optics.

Key Learning Objectives

  • The latest innovations around sustainable architecture
  • New insights on best practice to minimise climate change
  • Overcoming cost related issues with Green architecture and design
  • How to successfully meet the needs of today’s generation without compromising the needs of the next


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