More and more, sustainability is a tenet of the best that modern architecture has to offer. And that focus will only intensify as the climate crisis progresses and the world looks to architecture to do its part to help in the near future and beyond.

In this Studio Session, ARCHITECT Editor-in-Chief Paul Makovsky talks to sustainability experts about the concepts and technologies already in play and in the works that will help the world thrive. Hear from Travis Albrecht, principal and design director at Gensler Austin; Scott Whitehead, senior project architect at CannonDesign; Vince Martinez, president of Architecture 2030; and Brent Trenga, director of sustainability for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America, about the projects and concepts that are showing what sustainable architecture looks like in the present and how that could evolve in the near future. We also discuss what architects and manufacturers can do to combat climate change over the coming decades in light of the important IPCC's Sixth Assessment report.

Travis Albrecht is principal and design director at Gensler Austin. His experience spans a vast array of project types, from commercial office buildings and mixed use to education and master planning, and include a number of projects in Austin, such as 500 West 2nd (also known as the Google Tower), Block 164 Office Tower, The Domain Northside, The Fairmont Austin, the Moody Center (which is the University of Texas at Austin basketball arena and events center), and UPCycle.

Scott Whitehead is a senior project architect at CannonDesign whose experience includes working on large healthcare, science and technology, and sports facility projects throughout the United States and internationally. He was the senior project architect who led the project team through the documentation and construction of the Jones Hill House Football Training Facility located at the University of Maryland at College Park Campus.

Vince Martinez is the president of Architecture 2030 and has been working to solve the climate crisis by catalyzing global building decarbonization efforts through the development and activation of networks focused on private sector commitments, education, training, and public policies. He is an honorary member of the AIA and was the 2018 chair of the AIA Energy Leadership Group, was a member of the AIA Sustainability Leadership Group, and is the 2022 chair of the AIA Committee on Climate Action and Design Excellence.

Brent Trenga is director of sustainability for Kingspan Insulated Panels North America. His background as an architect, construction manager, developer, and project owner gives him a unique perspective on all facets of the construction industry. Trenga leads Kingspan North America’s material health and transparency program and its Planet Passionate program.


This Studio Session is underwritten by Kingspan.

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