Sustainable and Functional Design – Building For Today and Tomorrow [NYC]

5:30pm - 8:00pm

445 5th Avenue
New York City, NY 10016
United States


Our events are open to architectural, design, and building industry professionals only.

Sustainable and Functional Design – Building For Today and Tomorrow

The panel will define the various certifications parameters of LEED, Fitwel, ILFI Zero, and BREEAM. Participants will be able to evaluate sustainable best practices of reaching Net-0 reviewing existing projects.

The projects will showcase exterior trends and how the design has been adjusted to fit this environmental initiative.

HSW Justification:

The program reviews strategies employed on completed project to achieve net zero. Various green rating/certification systems and their criteria will be discussed and terms related to sustainable building will be defined. New and old design strategies effectiveness and compatibility with current building design trends will be compared including passive solar, high-efficiency lighting and renewable energy.

Learning Objective 1:
Define the differences between certifications LEED, Fitwel, ILFI Zero, and BREEAM

Learning Objective 2:
Evaluate projects utilizing sustainable design criteria to achieve better energy efficiency

Learning Objective 3:
Identify facade trends that can be integrated into sustainable designs of the future

Learning Objective 4:
Review the information critical to educating clients and balancing design requests with new sustainable technologies.

Reception with small bites and drinks to follow presentation


About the Speakers

new york city sustainability panel discussion


Farah Ahmad, RA, LEED AP BD+C (Moderator)
Farah (Ahmad) Qadeer is a licensed public sector Architect and LEED Accredited Professional based in New York City, specializing in building energy efficiency and green building technical standards. Her public sector experience in city government agencies includes sustainable design review of projects, assessment and development of technical standards and energy code compliance. Additionally, as a green building journalist for national publications, Farah is passionate about sharing her expertise on environmental policy and high performance design. You can tweet her (@farah_arch) or connect with her on Instagram (@renewablefarah). For more on Farah's work, visit: 
new york city sustainability panel discussion


Shefali Sanghvi 
Shefali Sanghvi has over 15 years of experience working in sustainable projects, with an emphasis on resiliency, occupant health and comfort, and energy efficiency. An expert on urban Passive House projects, she is dedicated to designing buildings that are socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable. As the firm’s Director of Sustainability, Shefali serves as a thought leader across Dattner Architects’ studios, and beyond, championing sustainability as integral to architecture. She establishes the direction of our research and leads the exploration and application of sustainability in-house by facilitating knowledge sharing amongst project teams, firm leadership, and our professional development groups.

Shefali holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is an active member of AIA Cote and a certified Fitwel Ambassador.

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Sean Quinn
Sean Quinn leads HOK’s global regenerative design practice, leveraging natural systems and building technology to enhance development as a steward of the environment and communities. Based in San Francisco, he works across the firm’s broad portfolio of local, regional and international projects to establish positive performance strategies. He seeks common solutions to the complex problems of the day through design efforts that achieve significant environmental, health and resilient enhancements while striving beyond carbon neutrality. With over 20 years of architectural experience focused on performance-based design and planning, Sean has led and assisted the design of projects across all typologies through North America, Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Asia. Sean complements his design practice with research in building science and simulation, innovative building systems and fabrication, and biomimicry.
new york city sustainability panel discussion


Mohammed Ayoub
Mohammed Ayoub is a Vice President and Design Director leading HDR’s Manhattan Offices Design Studio. at HDR. Known for his creativity, enthusiasm, and dedication, he has led the design of several large-scale, award-winning complex projects and masterplans across the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia.  With a wicked sense of humor and effervescent charm, Mohammed effortlessly motivates his diverse studio to achieve superlative design that embodies a strong vision. Educated in the UK, he is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the proud recipient of Building Design and Construction’s 2011 40 Under 40 award.  Mohammed splits his time between Europe and the Wilton CT, where he lives with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, chickens and 20,000 bees.






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