AIA Framework for Design Excellence: Principles to Achieve Zero Carbon, Resilience, Equity, and Health in the Built Environment

Propel your project success with the AIA Framework for Design Excellence — the defining 10 principles of design excellence. No matter your role as an architect, engineer, consultant, or owner, this presentation will examine how Framework principles apply across project lifecycle and advance progress toward a zero-carbon, healthy, just, resilient, and equitable built environment.

As a real-world case study showcasing successful integration of Framework principles and pledge targets and goals, we’ll share the comprehensive renovation of AIA’s Washington, DC Headquarters into the AIA Global Campus for Architecture & Design.

Set to open in 2025, the campus will include AIA’s office space, exhibition space, a courtyard open to the public, the AIA Store, and The Octagon. This is the first significant renovation since the building was dedicated in 1973. The design team is led by San Francisco-based architecture firm EHDD, with Hood Design Studio, Hartman-Cox Architects, and Point Energy Innovations as consultants, and Turner Construction overseeing construction management.

Designed in accordance with the AIA Framework for Design Excellence and the AIA 2030 Commitment, and AIA A&D Materials Pledge, the renovation seeks to restore and upgrade the 50-year-old building and its original, antiquated systems to maximize cost-effective energy efficiency and serve as a model for building performance, resilience, and stewardship while offering inspired, collaborative work environments for staff, members, peer organizations, and coworking and event space for the public.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe AIA’s Framework for Design Excellence and outcomes
  • Identify Framework principles and use in design process
  • Evaluate Framework use in design of AIA’s Headquarters renewal and alignment with AIA’s 2030 Commitment and A&D Materials Pledge
  • Identify AIA resources for your projects
02:15 PM - 03:15 PM
23 May 2024
Federal A


Lisa M. Ferretto
Senior Director, Climate Action & Design Excellence, The American Institute of Architects
Kathleen Lane
Managing Director, Climate Action & Design Excellence, The American Institute of Architects