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Sustainable Building Design Through the Lens of Adaptive Reuse - AIA + SEAOSC Joint Event

  • March 29, 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Buro Happold 800 Wilshire Blvd, 16FL Los Angeles, CA 90017


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Scientific evidence and the demands of nature call for immense reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions this decade. In addition to material innovation, industry design must also adapt to preserve and maintain existing resources in order to meet societal goals.

In this AIA+SEAOSC joint event, we will explore strategies for reducing the carbon footprint of buildings through adaptive reuse. Speakers will cover the responsibility of design professionals, assessing embodied carbon, design for adaptability and deconstruction, and current industry hurdles.Case studies and examples of successful adaptive reuse projects will be provided to share practical advice for implementing sustainable practices. Come network with fellow architects, builders, and industry professionals and stay at the forefront of industry transition as we move to decarbonize and mitigate the impacts of climate change.


Luke Lombardi is a bridge-person for sustainability in the built environment. Luke’s background as a structural engineer is central to his understanding of materials and construction practices. Luke has become an emerging leader in embodied carbon through actively participating in the SE 2050 program as the Program Mechanics lead and co-leading the local Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) Hub in Los Angeles since its inception in 2020. As a member of the Buro Happold sustainability team, he conducts life cycle assessment studies and consults to mitigate embodied carbon emissions. He hopes to maximize the potential of both new and existing buildings through innovative design strategies and principles of circularity to specification review and mindful material procurement.

Downtown Los Angeles has been a draw for Peter Rindelaub since his move to the city in 2007. The renaissance of historic buildings here has offered an excellent platform for combining his design interests with his construction expertise. At Omgivning, Peter has led a number of project teams on high profile adaptive re-use and renovation projects. Peter is a leader for sustainable design endeavors at Omgivning and advocates for the adaptive re-use of existing buildings as a contribution to positive, sustainable solutions for our cities.

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