Architecture Matters has teamed up with the Committee on the Environment to present You've Got 5 Minutes, Kid: Sustainable


  • Jake Steiner - “Wellness”
    It is widely known that buildings have the potential to cause great swings in the performance of occupants. With over 25 studies completed, capped by a landmark Harvard Study, the jury is in. There is a spectacular relationship between indoor air quality and human cognitive function, unleashing an entirely new set of economic considerations when investing, owning, and operating commercial property.
  • Sonya Shah, AIA - “Jubilee”
    With a lack of affordable housing over the last 60 years, Jubilee Park has experienced a shrink in population. Moving forward, local groups have taken the initiative to alleviate the stress of utilities, through the development of affordable senior housing such as Gurley Place (LEED Gold) and LEED Silver-certified homes, which emphasize low water use, durability, and air quality.
  • Blake Ficke - “2030”
    The Dallas 2030 District is a private-public initiative to create a ground-breaking, high-performance building district in downtown Dallas. The goal of the Dallas 2030 district is to cost-effectively and collaboratively reduce the environmental impact of building construction and operation.
  • Beth Brant, AIA - “Persist”
    Some people have been troubled by the recent outcomes within the political climate. Nevertheless, we are not going to let rhetoric nor naysayers stand in the way. Instead, let’s look ahead to the new and developing aspects within the green building industry. We will also look to those pushing the envelope with codes and programs such as the Living Building Challenge, Passive House, and the 2018 IECC.
  • Ian Hoffman, AIA - “Greenwashing”
    Greenwashing is when a company, government, or other group promotes green-based environmental initiatives or images to create a benefit by appearing to be a green company, but actually operates in a way that is damaging to the environment, or in an opposite manner to the goal of the announced initiatives.
  • Marianna Verlage - “Apple”
    One sixth of all Americans attend a K-12 school every day, and many of these buildings are uninspiring, out-of date, and in need of repair. Every student deserves to learn in a healthy, sustainable, and productive space. The Green Apple Day of Service is an annual event that provides organizations with the opportunity to improve children's learning environments.
  • Sam Watkins, AIA - “Connect”
    In a deeply divided society, how can architects help create common ground and build stronger communities?
  • Alexis Flores, AIA - “Five”
    As designers, it is our responsibility to spread the word about sustainability, but what resources are geared toward the general public? This presentation will review 5 social media resources that designers can reference when talking to clients, family, and friends, so maybe, just maybe, a dialogue can begin about sustainability when there was none before.


Parking at the DCFA:
We are located between Harwood and St. Paul on the Woodall Rodgers westbound service road. Parking reserved for DCFA is available in the surface level lot behind the credit union accessible from Harwood Street. Paid parking within walking distance is next door at Star Parking, between the reserved spaces and Klyde Warren Park.

Dart Train: A short walk from Victory Station and St. Paul Station. Visit for more information.

MAC Trolley: Take M-Line Trolley. Visit for more information.