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Power + Place | Practicing Equity and Advocacy in Rapid Decarbonization

Join us for Bryan Lee Jr.'s Power + Place, the opening keynote of AIA Seattle's 2022 (Virtual) Climate Leadership Summit.

Join us online, April 25-26, 2022 for AIA Seattle’s 2022 (Virtual) Climate Leadership Summit: Practicing Equity and Advocacy in Rapid Decarbonization. The Summit will kick-off with keynote Bryan Lee Jr.’s presentation Power + Place.

Our values are validated through the spaces and places we design and subsequently build. Power + Place explores the privilege and power structures that have defined injustice in the built environment from America’s inception. We will look at the history of the design justice movement and how the theory of practice continually advocates for the dismantling of power ecosystems that use architecture and design to create injustice throughout the built environment. This will be further applied through the lens of environmental justice.

Like all institutions, Design imposes its power through policies, procedures, and practice and is subject to its own inherited biases. The lasting permanence of our professional decisions requires us to pay particular attention to the injustices that result from our work and to seek Design Justice wherever possible. Architecture has the power to speak to the language of the people it serves, we as designers, are at our best when we are willing to serve the people without power.

If you would like to purchase a Summit pass for discounted access to all two days of programming (8 AIA LU HSW), CLICK HERE.

MONDAY April 25

Power + Place | Bryan Lee Jr.

9:00 – 11:00 AM PT | Opening Keynote

Moderator: Erin Ishizaki AIA, AICP | Partner, Mithun

Bryan Lee Jr., Founder/Director, Colloqate Design | Architect and Design Justice Advocate, Founder/Director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit design practice. A founding organizer of the Design As Protest Collective and Dark Matter University. Led two award-winning architecture + design programs for high school students through the Arts Council of New Orleans (local) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (national), respectively. National NOMA South VP. Many awards and fellowships.  2018 Fast Company Most Creative People in Business and Youngest firm to win the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices award in 2019.  2021 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.



Includes continuing education credit (2 AIA LU HSW). All sessions and speakers subject to change. 

$20 $23 AIA Member
$20 $23 Government + Partners

$10 $11 Associate Member
$30 $34 Non-Member
FREE Student

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Early Bird Deadline: Monday, April 18, 2022. After this time, the price increases 15%. Registration Deadline: Friday, April 22, 5:00pm PT. All sessions and speakers subject to change.

All registration and credit questions can be directed to Andrea Aguilera. 

Reduced rate options are available (priority given to AIA members). Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request form via email by Monday, April 18, 5:00pm PT. 


  • Examine the link between social justice and environmental sustainability in fostering health, safety, and equity in communities.
  • Discover the architect’s role in environmental justice and unlock implementation sticking points in accelerating a decarbonized built environment.
  • Foster advocacy capacity and explore opportunities to influence building decarbonization through a systemic and collaborative approach.
  • Explore privilege and power structures that have defined injustice in the built environment and work to seek design justice in response.


Longboard Products | ARUP | Cascadia Windows & Doors | FSi Engineers | Greenhome Solutions | Holmes Structures | McKinstryP2S Inc. | Vitro Architectural GlassBNBuilders | BRC Acoustics & Audiovisual Design | DCI Engineers | Degenkolb Engineers | Hargis Engineers | PAE | Parker, Smith & Feek | Puget Sound EnergySäzän | TFWB Engineers


Cassandra Delaune | Interim Executive Director, Seattle 2030 District
Chris Hellstern, AIA, LFA, LEED AP BD+C, CDT Living Building Challenge Services Director, The Miller Hull Partnership
Tanya Kataria, Assoc. AIA, WELL AP, LEED Green Assoc | Weber Thompson
Claire McConnell, BEMP | Associate, Mithun
Deepa Sivarajan | Washington Clean Buildings Policy Manager, Climate Solutions
Jessie Templeton, AIA, LFA | Embodied Carbon Specialist, Associate, GGLO

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact Andrea Aguilera, Programs Coordinator at AIA Seattle

Program Questions?
Contact Zoe Guckenheimer, Programs Manager at AIA Seattle

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact Kristen Lound, Associate Director of Growth & Operations at AIA Seattle


April 25, 2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am
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