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6/3/21, 6:30pm - 8pm
1.5 LU / 1.5 HSW

*This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

How do you build an architectural career in sustainability while navigating the world of green certifications? How can architects work toward creating an off-the-grid lifestyle?

The AIANY Women in Architecture Committee is delighted to host Stacy Smedley, Executive Director of Building Transparency and Director of Sustainability at SKANSKA USA. Smedley will describe her career path, starting at a firm as a designer and volunteering at environmental organizations to holding a leadership role in sustainability at a global practice. She will speak about the process and challenges toward creating EC3, an open-access tool that estimates all the greenhouse-gas emissions associated with buildings. Smedley will be joined by Betty Rexrode, Principal at Rexrode Chirigos Architects, who will present ‘Living on Net Zero,’ her carbon-neutral residence on Oak Island. Rexrode will highlight the role of the architect in creating and promoting a sustainable, off-the-grid lifestyle, describing the process behind unlearning and relearning construction methods.

This conversation will explore net zero design at the small scale and through industry-wide interventions, with two speakers who advocate for the environment by incorporating building technology at vastly different scales. Their conversation will compare, contrast, and highlight principles, tools, and methods that designers, architects, and planners can use to create a carbon-neutral, more healthy built environment.

Betty Rexrode, AIA,
Principal, Rexrode Chirigos Architects
Stacy Smedley,
Executive Director, Building Transparency; Director of Sustainability, Skanska USA

About the Speakers:

Betty Rexrode, AIA, is an award-winning architect known for her design of commercial galleries, art related spaces, and environmental projects. A 1989 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Rexrode worked in Rome, Pittsburgh, and Austin before moving to New York in 1995.

As an Associate at Gluckman Mayner Architects for 11 years, she was responsible for art-related projects including numerous New York galleries, the Second Stage Theatre (a collaboration with Rem Koolhaas), and the Austin Museum of Art.

Rexrode founded Rexrode Chirigos Architects in 2006, which continues her focus of art-related projects, including the completion of 24 NYC galleries to date, numerous artists studios, and related commercial and residential projects. In addition to this work, Rexrode has spent the last 14 years working on their own off-the-grid retreat and net-zero lifestyle, as well as pursuing urban initiatives in New York City.

Rexrode is a relentless environmentalist, a sailor and cyclist, and a gardener and forager. She raises Phelon oysters and is an active member of Cornell SPAT & Billion Oyster Project, a board member of the Great South Bay Island Association, and is involved in Transportation Alternatives and AIA/ WIA. She is also a mother of two, ages 17and 18.

Rexrode has taught at Princeton University and is a frequent guest critic at Pratt Institute and Carnegie Mellon University. She is a registered architect in New York and New Jersey and is LEED and NCARB certified.

Stacy Smedley has always placed sustainability at the heart of her efforts, from working on the Bertschi School Living Building Science Wing, the fourth Living Building Challenge-certified project in the world, to establishing The Seed Collaborative organization, committed to developing sustainably restorative, inspirational learning spaces.

Today, as Director of Sustainability at Skanska, Smedley continues to lead sustainable initiatives and is considered a subject matter expert in LEED, Living Building Challenge, and carbon emissions associated with buildings and construction.

As Executive Director of Building Transparency, she continues to educate the building community at large on the importance of limiting the embodied carbon emissions associated with our built environment.

Similarly, she drives low-carbon procurement with the Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator (EC3) to measure, compare and reduce the embodied carbon of buildings. Smedley has served in various advisory and leadership roles, including: Co-Chair of the Washington Businesses for Climate Action; Advisory Board Member for the University of Washington Carbon Leadership Forum; Construction Taskforce Chair for the Embodied Carbon Network; Advisory Group Member for AIA Materials Working Group; Emerging Professional Regional Chair for USGBC; Membership Chair for the Cascadia Green Building Council. She is a 2020 Grist 50 Fixer.

Organized by
AIANY Women in Architecture Committee and Committee on the Environment
6/3/21, 6:30pm - 8pm
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