AIA IR to Host Excellence: Designing a Sustainable Future Summit


The AIA International Region, in partnership with tDow, are organizing a one-day thought-leadership event at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday, September 6, 2019.  The title of the event is ‘Excellence: Designing a Sustainable Future'. Speakers include 3XN founder Kim Herforth Nielsen who will discuss his firm's work on the IOC HQ which has achieved LEED v4 Platinum certification with the highest score ever given, making it one of the most sustainable buildings to date.  Henning Larsen from Copenhangen will present their 2018 IR Award winning Nordea Bank HQ.  The 2019 IR Design Award jurors will also discuss their work during the day, as well as presentations by the DOW..

Attendance at the event is free, but by invitation only.  IR members who are interested are welcome to attend.  Please contact or WhatsApp +44 7815043921 in order to secure your place.

A provisional program is as follows:


The one-day event will also include a building tour of the 3XN designed Olympic Headquarters led by 3XN and IOC; and will include a welcome luncheon in the Olympic House facilities and a celebratory dinner following. Please email to reserve your spot today.

This event is organized as part of the carbon partnership program between Dow and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where the two organizations leverage the inspirational platform of sport and the power of science to change how business operates as usual. Dow works with businesses and organizations to identify opportunities to use Dow solutions to lower their carbon footprint and contribute the resultant carbon reductions to balance the IOC’s operational carbon footprint while helping to create a low-carbon future. In the built environment, the program brings together leading façade and construction companies, engineers, architects and property developers to design and build differently so that together, we positively impact the environment. Participants in the program gain knowledge in carbon accounting and tracking, a way to quantify their efforts towards helping address the climate change challenge, and a competitive differentiation through working with Dow, the Official Chemistry Company of the Olympic Movement. The American Institute of Architects, International Region (AIA-IR) is helping Dow and the IOC to reach this goal by increasing knowledge of low carbon solutions among AIA-IR members and offering exemplary projects the opportunity to contribute their carbon savings to the Dow-IOC carbon partnership. Learn more.

Lester Korzilius; FAIA, RIBA                          AIA IR Event co-organizer
Dr. Christine Bruckner;
FAIA, HKIUD, LEED AP, BEAM Pro              AIA IR Event co-organizer