Today, building owners, developers, and investors are recognizing the potential consequences and risks from climate change and the industry is shifting its focus towards ESG — environmental, social, and corporate governance goals. By leveraging holistic design strategies that put people first, projects can achieve both positive climate and economic outcomes as a result.

In this webinar, Gensler’s Global Design Resilience leaders Gail Napell, Rives Taylor, and Kirsten Ritchie, with Design Manager Lisa Cholmondeley, share findings from our latest Climate Action Through Design report and explain the role the building industry can play in creating a sustainable and resilient future. They are joined by Design Directors Jamielynn Shah and Russell Gilchrist, Studio Director Valeria Segovia, and regional Resilience leader Rhiannon Laurie for a discussion on design strategies for both new construction and adaptive reuse of buildings and tenant spaces, supported by case studies from varying global markets.

Watch the webinar and explore our Climate Action Through Design report to uncover design strategies for climate action in the built environment and to review Gensler’s commitment and progress toward achieving a net zero future.

Rives Taylor
Rives co-directs Gensler’s global Design Resilience practice focused on sustainable design, and is the global Resilience lead for the Gensler Research Institute. He is a principal and a recognized global expert in resilient, high-performance, and sustainable design, and has served as a faculty member at Rice University and the University of Houston for 30 years. Rives is based in Houston. Contact him at .
Kirsten Ritchie
As a global leader of Gensler’s Climate Action & Sustainability practice, Kirsten is one of the firm’s leading sustainability ambassadors. She champions healthful, decarbonized, innovative, and high-performance design solutions, from small tenant fitouts to university campuses and airport terminals. A passionate sustainable tourism advocate, she is also a recognized authority in green product standards and sustainability rating systems. Kirsten is based in San Francisco. Contact her at .
Lisa Cholmondeley
Lisa is a principal and design manager who has played a key role in the delivery of several large, complex, mixed-use developments in the Middle East. Lisa is co-director of Gensler’s Center for Research on Equity and the Built Environment and a member of Gensler’s Global Race and Diversity Committee. She is based in Washington D.C. Contact her at .