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Angela Brooks 4-22-16 - Architecture Lecture

WEDNESDAY, 04/22/15 7:30PM – 9:00PM

The work of Angela Brooks lies at the confluence of beauty and better societies. She is a powerful advocate for the rich, multivalent impact of good design. With each project, she envisions opportunities to change what is possible for the individual, the community and the planet. Her successful execution of these ideas, that often require new construction methods, has placed her at the forefront of the implementation of environment technologies in building and made her a recognized leader in the field of sustainable design. Ms. Brooks sees architecture as an instrument for the triple bottom line and the delivery vehicle for space that encourages occupants to flourish. She has pursued this philosophy through two tracks since her master’s thesis almost twenty-five years ago: executing and enhancing individual structures while formulating and advancing ideas that promote larger societal wellbeing through policy organizations. This combination of the ideal and the practical has led to a multiplicity of awards within the field and mainstream recognition such as the USA Network 2010 Character Approved award.
Over the last 10 years, Ms. Brooks’ firm Brooks + Scarpa has received more than 50 major design awards including 19 National AIA awards and five ‘Top 10 Green Building’ awards. In 2014 the firm won the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Award in Architecture. Her firm was also awarded the State of California and National American Institute of Architects Architecture Firm Award in 2010. Angela has served as a sustainable consultant on various projects and has lectured extensively about the importance of design and sustainability. Ms. Brooks’ was a peer reviewer for Global Green USA’s book Blueprint for Greening Affordable Housing and was featured in the book Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design for her policy work with Livable Places and on Fuller Lofts, a sustainable mixed-use project designed to be a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization. Ms. Brooks was a co-founder and past President of Livable Places, Inc., a non-profit development company dedicated to building sustainable mixed-use housing in the city of Los Angeles on under-utilized and problematic parcels of land as a reaction against Southern California’s suburban sprawl. She has served as an advisor to the National Endowment of the Arts, Mayors Institute on City Design and currently, she sits on the Advisory Board of Solar Santa Monica, a program whose mission is to achieve net zero energy imports by 2020 for the City of Santa Monica; a model that can be replicated throughout the country. Ms. Brooks received the National American Institute of Architects Young Architects Award in 2009.