Pablo La Roche's Winter Topic Studio selected as one of the 2030 Curriculum Project

Pablo La Roche lecturing to students in his design studio
Pablo La Roche lecturing to students in his design studio

Prof. Pablo La Roche's Winter Topic Studio was one of seven studios selected to participate in the pilot phase of the 2030 Curriculum Project, Architecture 2030’s initiative to ‘fully integrate lessons in energy use, emissions, and resiliency into the widest possible range of projects and topic areas, and across all year levels.’

The studio will be focused on carbon neutral design. Instruction will highlight high-performance design process and integrate Climate Consultant, the 2030 Palette, and multiple tools for energy and daylight modeling.

According to Metropolis Magazine: 

For many years now, climate change has been a major concern for architects and engineers— and with good reason. After all, the built environment contributes to over 39% of all CO2 emissions and over 70% of all electricity usage in the United States. Several architecture and design-based initiatives aim to guide architecture away from environmentally harmful practice and towards a more sustainable approach. Architecture 2030, one such initiative, believes that to incite design change we must begin at its source: architectural education.

Started in 2002 by Edward Mazria, the organization hopes to position architecture as part of the solution to climate change. Noted for their valuable resources, such as 2030 Palette—an online database of emission simulators, statistical data, site specific topics, government codes for sustainable designing, and more—Architecture 2030 just launched another endeavor, a pilot program titled the 2030 Curriculum Project.

After first holding an open call for courses, seven winners were selected for their unique approach to considering sustainability-centered design. As Anthony Guida, Program Director for 2030 Curriculum, explains: “Students in architecture, planning, and other professional design disciplines must be prepared to meet the challenge of designing a zero carbon future, and the 2030 Curriculum Project highlights and supports the best in high-performance design education.”

See the full Metropolis article here.