This in-progress topical project focuses on strategies for land-based climate change adaptation and mitigation.  The project provided a simple, easy to use rubric outlining the four ways that design projects can address climate change in order to scale up and speed climate action within SWA’s professional services.  With 700 projects a year, it is not feasible to pursue time intensive certification programs like LEED or SITES for all SWA projects.  This rubric lowers the barriers for individual project teams, clients, and firmwide annual goal tracking.  The rubric is three tiered, accompanied by 20 sub-strategies that detail further tactics as options.  These bridge the gap between design choices that are quantifiable immediately and those based on precedent.  In addition, the rubric is to be implemented at the start and end of each project and is part of a firmwide challenge to make every project a climate infrastructure project.  The team used literature review, existing certification programs, and case studies including resilience, net zero carbon, and performance-based sustainable options to inform the rubric.  The project extends SWA’s work and research on climate change.


Anya Domlesky and Jonah Susskind, XL research and innovation Lab at SWA
Alejandra Hinojosa, SWA


Natalia Beard and Andrew Watkins, SWA
Workshop participants from all eight sessions
Marco Esposito, Raymond Siu, Alison Ecker, Sergio Lima, Andrew Gressett, Ben Waldo, Elvis Wong, Sarah Fitzgerald, Shuyao Zhang, Guanyi Wang, and Zhilan Song, SWA