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Designing Carbon-Free Buildings

A design leadership discussion in the What Will It Take Series


06/08 - 06/08/2021







The Building Innovation Hub and Clark Construction Group are proud to present the series, “What Will it Take? The Path to 2050 and Carbon-Free Buildings.” This four-part, web-based discussion series convenes industry thought leaders to examine how we collectively move toward a cleaner, more equitable energy future through the lenses of building design, facility operations, real estate development, and construction.

In the first event of the “What It Takes” series, speakers addressed the role of building design in reducing building energy use and improving overall building performance.

Event Summary

Please read our event summary takeaways blog post or read our event summary three-pager.

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Time and Date

The event was held on Tuesday, June 8 at 3:00 PM Eastern Time.


Moderator Fernando Arias, Director of Sustainability at Clark Construction Group, will ask industry experts about the challenges of designing high-performing buildings. Confirmed speakers include:

Headshot Fernando Arias

Fernando Arias, Director of Sustainability, Clark Construction Group



Arathi Gowda, Associate Director, Team Leader Performative Design Group, SOM

Arathi Gowda, Associate Director, Team Leader Performative Design Group, SOM


Headshot Melissa Wackerle

Melissa Wackerle, Senior Director, Sustainable Practice & Knowledge, The American Institute of Architects (AIA)


Headshot Anica Landreneau

Anica Landreneau, Senior Principal, Global Director of Sustainable Design at HOK


Headshot Tommy Zackrzewski

Tommy Zakrzewski, Ph. D., Vice President, Director of Building Engineering Physics, HKS


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