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34CE - Exploring Architecture’s New Edges

07 May 2015 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

This session is also being offered Friday, May 8, 2015 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

Course Outline

Rapid technological advances and meaningful cultural shifts have brought architects into a new era of sustainable design. In this session Peter Busby the 2014 RAIC Gold Medal winner broadens the boundaries of the sustainability discussion to explore “Architecture’s New Edges,” a more inclusive understanding of high-performance design. Through case studies drawn from his new publication, Busby: Architecture’s New Edges, Peter leads an exploration of architecture’s new boundaries. These “edges” are the new facets of sustainable design that go beyond traditional conservation measures to highlight the opportunities to create vibrant communities, regenerate natural ecosystems, and foster a culture of design innovation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss a new definition of sustainable architecture that encompasses reconnection to existing communities, maintenance of historic resources, pedestrian orientation, and ecological regeneration
  2. Identify ways that communities and designers can work together to incorporate new elements of sustainability that move beyond conservation to reconnecting in a meaningful way with the story of place and the unique characteristics of the community
  3. Explore the visual influence that high-performance sustainable design has had on architecture and urban design with an eye toward the future
  4. Understand how high-performance sustainable design can help us heal our planet and live in harmony with nature


Internationally recognized for his contributions to architecture and planning, Peter Busby’s portfolio embodies his philosophy of social responsibility and commitment to sustainable design. Peter’s work has gained a reputation for design excellence and innovation, becoming a powerful catalyst in the growth of the high-performance sustainable design movement. Peter serves as Managing Director of Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office, bringing his focus on sustainable communities and regenerative design to the firm’s West Coast offices. Peter’s dedication to design advocacy remains steadfast; he lectures frequently at academic institutions and professional engagements around the world. His latest book is titled Busby: Architecture’s New Edges.