I Am AIA:
Alexandra Ramsden, LEED®AP BD+C, WELL®APExpand
Alexandra leads projects across all Rushing’s disciplines and directs the Sustainability, Energy, and Commissioning Studios. Drawing from her multi-disciplinary background of both science and architecture, Alexandra approaches projects holistically and harnesses the expertise and ideas of all the team members at the table. Her passion lies in working with building owners to realize their visions in a wide range of project types, from multifamily high rises to fire stations to core and shell office buildings. With more than 20 years of experience in guiding project teams toward cost-smart, project appropriate sustainability solutions, Alexandra has been pivotal in integrating sustainability into projects, design processes, the culture and operations at Rushing.
What is the value of AIA to you?
AIA provides a gathering space (both virtual and physical) for the best of the best in building design which helps us track architecture trends, evolutions in sustainable design approaches and who is doing what kind of projects.
What project are you working on now?
A wide range of thrilling projects but those which are stretching our brains to new, exciting places are the 4 Living Building projects we’re working on right now.
• 2517 Eastlake (6 story, 185 unit, multifamily residential) – pursuing the Living Building Pilot Program (LBPP) and the Living Building Challenge Energy Petal (Net-Positive Energy)
• 570 Mercer (8 story, office building) – pursuing the Living Building Pilot Program (LBPP) and the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal
• Magnolia Safeway (8 story residential over grocery) – pursuing the Living Building Pilot Program (LBPP) and the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal
• King County Central Maintenance Facility for KC Parks Dept – pursuing the Living Building Challenge Energy Petal (Net-Positive Energy)
How do you explain what you do for a living?
I work with project teams to achieve their design goals across MEP, energy, sustainability, lighting design and commissioning … and equally important, I go into work every day to do all I can to teach and elevate our internal team to achieve their professional goals as well.
What inspired you today?
Watching the magic of cross collaboration between our energy and sustainability teams; the sharing of ideas, back and forth, which resulted in a final presentation product which is far superior than it would have been if either group were functioning in isolation. It brought tears to my eyes … no joke.