UW School of Marine and Environmental Affairs Recap
The University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs acted as a local academic partner for the council’s time in the area. Graduate Student Brittany Hodemaker wrote a recap of the 3 day trip for the school’s blog which can be read here.
Mark Johnson, Civitas (Council Co-Chair)
Claire Weisz, WXY Studio (Council Co-Chair)
Steven Baumgartner, SmithGroup
Pamela Conrad, CMG Landscape Architecture
S. Bry Sarté, Sherwood Design Engineers
Gary Sorge, Stantec
Kishore Varanasi, CBT Architects
Erik Verboon, Walter P Moore
Barbara Wilks, W Architecture + Landscape Architecture
About the Council
Van Alen Institute’s Climate Council is a platform for exchange for leading architects, landscape architects, engineers, planners, researchers, philanthropic partners, and other professionals. The Climate Council’s purpose is to investigate critical climate-related issues, inspire change-making design projects that can improve the environment and promote healthy communities, produce mindset changes regarding climate issues, and guide Van Alen’s innovative public programming, research, and design competitions.
Van Alen believes that a resilient environment is key to human well-being and the protection of critical natural systems. Therefore, the Climate Council will look beyond cities to our continent’s rapidly changing landscapes and ecosystems. Through carefully curated trips, participants will explore the effects of climate change and related environmental crises first-hand. With this exposure, they will be able to respond more effectively and proactively through their work and personal advocacy.
The Climate Council builds on Van Alen’s successful International Council model in that it fosters a collaborative and congenial setting for exploration and reflection away from the traditional practice.
The Council is led by Claire Weisz, Climate Council Co-Chair, Principal-in-Charge, WXY Studio and Mark Johnson, Climate Council Co-Chair, President, Civitas. Other members include architects, landscape architects, engineers, environmentally minded companies, researchers, designers, and philanthropic partners.