Materials Matter - Season 2

Materials Matter is a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials.

With a focus on further localizing the topics and speakers, the summer 2017 sessions will delve into strategies for integrating informed materials decision-making and transparency into projects; the tools and data useful for assessing and prioritizing materials; and issues of social and environmental advocacy, along with the impacts that manufacturers, firms and clients have on human and environmental health. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities. Participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.

Series Dates
All sessions: Fridays, 8:00 am – 12:45 pm at Seattle City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room

June 2, 2017 – Healthy Planet: Materials + the Environment
Rescheduled date TBD June 23, 2017 – Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health
July 14, 2017 – Tools of the Trade: Assessment + Implementation
August 11, 2017 – Just Do It: Strategies for Projects
August 25, 2017 – Beyond Transparency: Legality, Advocacy + Practice

Materials Matter is co-presented by Puget Sound Chapter CSI.

Early Bird Deadline: May 19, 2017, after this time the price will rise by 15%
Registration Closed: May 26, 2017 at 5:00 PM


$560 – AIA Members + Government Employees + Partners
$330 – Assoc. Members
$1040 – Non-Members
$100 – Students + Scholarships

Pricing includes 20 CEHs/HSWs, light breakfast, beverages for all sessions.

Scholarships available. Please e-mail Cassie Blair for details.


Melissa Balestri ZGF Architects | Jess Blanch Capitol Hill Housing | Nicole DeNamur Pacifica Law Group & University of Washington | Jeff Frost Brightworks Sustainability |  Pete Girard ToxNot | Chris Hellstern Miller Hull Partnership | Elizabeth A.D. Powers O’Brien & Company | Barbara X. Rodriguez University of Washington | Nat Scholz NOAA | Samantha Siedlecki JISAO at University of Washington | Kathrina Simonen University of Washington & Carbon Leadership Forum | Laura Soma GLY Construction | Beth Stroshane Applied Building Information

Check back as more speakers are confirmed! All speakers subject to change.


Special thanks to the Materials Matter Advisory Group

Chris Hellstern Miller Hull Partnership | Ed Clark ZGF Architects | Carl Dominguez  schact | aslani architects | Melissa Balestri ZGF Architects | Jake Boyer PROSOCO

2016 series session recaps

Healthy Planet – Materials and the Environment
Healthy People – Materials Science and Human Health
Tools of the Trade – Assessment and Implementation
Just Do It – Strategies for Projects
Beyond Transparency – Materials Disclosure and Practice

Program Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Program Manager Cassie Blair.

Registration and Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Volunteer Hospitality Missy Garvin.

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Seattle Managing Director Kimber Leblicq.

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