Materials Matter is a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing  and selecting healthy, sustainable materials. Sessions will delve into the impact of materials on the environment and human health, the tools and data  available for assessing and prioritizing materials, and strategies for integrating informed decision-making into projects and practice. Speakers will reveal the perspectives of project team members and other partners connected with materials and share the learnings and approaches of successful projects. This series offers guidance on navigating the complex landscape of disclosures and transparency in order to assess and reduce the environmental and health impacts of products. To kick off the series, we have a long-time sustainability proponent to share why this series is important:

2018 AIA President Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP O+M

As a nationally recognized subject expert, sustainability is the lens through which Carl views all dimensions of architecture. Carl emphasizes the importance of designing spaces with the understanding that people thrive in nature and need daylight, movement, fresh air, clean water, but are also social beings that seek engagement and fulfillment. Applying his extensive experience, he brings to projects leadership and pioneering ideas that bind together historical and environmental preservation. He's excited to see the ethic of stewardship extend from historic preservation to sustainability on diverse building types - from iconic buildings to vernacular and modern-era structures.  “The greenest building is one that’s already built.”

From 2013 to 2015, Elefante served as regional director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council; he is also a sustainability expert who has worked closely with the AIA Committee on the Environment, the Historic Resources Committee, and the Sustainability Scan Advisory Group. He served as president of AIA Maryland in 2012 and AIA Potomac Valley in 2009. A principal at Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C., Elefante received his B.Arch. from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

AFFILIATIONS

2017 AIA President Elect / 2018 President
College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects
Association for Preservation Technology International
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Society for College and University Planning

Service to the Profession

Service to the Community

Advocacy for the Profession

Architectural Practice