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ARC Alumna Receives Top Honors at INNOVATION 2030 Competition

Brie Jones ('17, master's in architecture) presents her thesis "Prescriptive Hydrologies" in 2017
Brie Jones ('17, master's in architecture) presents her thesis "Prescriptive Hydrologies" in 2017

Brie Jones ('17, master's in architecture) was among 10 winners in the 2017-18 INNOVATION 2030 Competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE) in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA) and in collaboration with think tank Architecture 2030.

Jones' design, Prescriptive Hydrologies" originated as her 2017 graduate thesis. It examined the ways architecture can play a role in watershed management in Los Angeles. Her proposed project, a 200-condominium complex over the Los Angeles River, was envisioned to serve as connector between two parks in Lincoln Heights and Chinatown. The structure's innovative features included a rooftop solar array that would provide 100 percent of the complex's energy use, a water filtration system to process more than 73,000 galloons/day of the river water that in turn would irrigate a rooftop wetland habitat for migrating birds and the park space on either side of the river banks. The building also has rooftop swimming pools, vegetable gardens, living walls, and holding tanks for scuba diving. The tanks drew special notice from the competition's jurors, who found it an "entertaining idea on user experience which could be expanded.”

INNOVATION 2030 drew more than 1,000 entries from 57 architecture programs in the United States, Mexico and Canada. It challenged participants to submit designs that meaningfully address the future impacts of climate change, with an emphasis on achieving zero-carbon emissions, resilience and the demonstration of adaptibility to projected climate impacts. Designs had to meet 10 sustainability measures:

  • Design for integration
  • Design for community
  • Design for ecology
  • Design for water
  • Design for economy
  • Design for energy
  • Design for wellness
  • Design for resources
  • Design for change
  • Design for discovery