Putting roads and buildings on diets for a more sustainable future

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20 Jan 2021

Lisa Bate and Mia Lehrer talk about putting roads on diets, how to make a city as developed as LA more sustainable, and the award winning, tangible benefits of the Humber College Building NX retrofit

In today's episode of Women Build, we are joined by Lisa Bate, Global Sustainability Lead and Senior Principal at B+H Architects in Canada and Mia Lehrer, Founder of Studio MLA in the US.

Lisa is regarded as one of Canada's global ambassadors for sustainable design and is a champion for gender parity in the architecture and design professions. She’s the former Director and Board Chair of the Canada Green Building Council, and is a Board Director and the Immediate Past Chair of the World Green Building Council. 

She led the facilitation of the 2020 - 22 World GBC three year strategic plan and was a representative on the United Nations' Environmental Protection, Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative. 

Lisa leads teams to deliver advanced sustainable and high performance built environments around the world. Most recently, she led the design team responsible for the Humber College Building NX deep energy retrofit, the first Net Zero Carbon Design Certified Retrofit Building in Canada and winner of the CaGBC Green Building Excellence Awards 2020.

Mia founded Studio-MLA with a vision to improve quality of life through landscape architecture.

She has led the design and implementation of public and private projects including the Hollywood Park Racetrack redevelopment and its new SoFi Stadium, Dallas’ Fair Park Community Park, the LA County Natural History Museum Gardens, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and many urban river-related projects including the Rio Tietê in São Paulo, Brazil, and the Los Angeles River Taylor Yard G2 River Park and Upper Los Angeles River and Tributaries Plan. 

Mia is internationally recognised for progressive landscape design, advocacy for sustainable and people-friendly public places, and catalysing work for a climate-appropriate future. She is the newest Commissioner of the all-female Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, has served on Obama’s Fine Arts Commission and was honoured with the ASLA LaGasse Medal. 

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