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Materials Matter

October 1, 2018

Get up to speed on healthy, sustainable materials!

The AIA Materials Matter initiative is empowering architects to become advocates for materials transparency, and in so doing, enhancing design of a healthier, greener, more prosperous, and more equitable built environment.

Join us for a five-session series delivering comprehensive, high-level knowledge and strategies for assessing and selecting healthy, sustainable materials. Sessions will delve into the impact of materials on the environment and human health; the tools and data useful for assessing and prioritizing materials; and the strategies for integrating informed decision-making into projects and practice. Speakers will reveal the perspectives of project team members and other partners connected with materials and share the learnings and approaches of successful projects.

This series offers guidance on navigating the complex landscape of disclosures and transparency in order to assess and reduce the environmental and health impacts of products. Sessions will include presentations, panels, case studies, and activities, and participants will walk away from each session with action items for integrating the curriculum into their work.

Materials Matter Series
8AM-12:30PM at AIA Portland | 20 CEU/HSW

September 20 – Why Materials Matter: Building Product Impacts
October 11 – Healthy People: Materials Science + Human Health
November 8 – Healthy Planet: Materials + the Environment
December 6 – Just Do It: Strategies for Projects
January 10 – Beyond Transparency: Materials Disclosure + Practice

Confirmed speakers so far include:

Amelia Nestler, Northwest Green Chemistry
Erin McDade, Architecture 2030
Mark Fretz, University of Oregon
Dave Barmon, Epilogue LLC
Ryan Temple, Sustainable Northwest Wood
Catherine Bobenhausen, Colden
Jane Abernethy, Humanscale
Chris Hellstern, Miller Hull
Tim Conway, Shaw Industries
Stacy Smedley, Skanska
Lona Rerick
Sara Tepfer, ARUP
Max Richter, Perkins+Will
Jean Hansen, HDR Architecture
Dave Walsh, Sellen Construction
Jordan Palmeri, Oregon DEQ
Efrie Escott, KieranTimberlake
Jeff Frost, Brightworks
Mike Johnson, 3Form
Tristan Roberts, HPD Collaborative

Register here

Early bird full series costs (Prices rise 15% August 21)
(Special offers and discounts may not be combined with any other promotion or discount)

AIA Portland with the support of our sponsors is proud to extend member discount pricing to members of related industry organizations.
$595 – Non member
$255 – AIA Associate
$127.50 – Student

Due to generous funding from Oregon DEQ we are able to offer these great opportunities to save:

  • AIA Member prices to participants from related industry organizations (ASID, IIDA, AGC, CSI, ASLA, ASCE, SEAO, SEAW, ASMTE, PMTC)
  • Member firm incentives: Large/medium firms (16+ staff) Register 2, send 1 free | Small firms (1-15 staff) Register 1, send 1 free
    Contact Adrienne Morris at for assistance. Must be an AIA Portland member firm.

    • Firms are allowed to purchase entire series registrations and share between multiple attendees for the different sessions.
      Please purchase full priced AIA Member architect tickets if architects will attend even one session of a full series registration. Associates may attend on either an Associate or Architect registration. FREE tickets are of equal or lesser value of purchased tickets. Single Session Tickets are also available. 
  • $10,000 in full-series SCHOLARSHIPS for AIA Portland members and related industry professionals. Apply by August 31!  Application form here.

    • Scholarships are for full series only. Scholarship recipients may not share or exchange seats with other attendees.


Thank you to our sponsors!










Superior Essex

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Colleen Bastendorff at or 503.223.8757.