to achieve climate action and climate justice through design. We believe that design excellence is the foundation of a healthy, sustainable, and equitable future. Our work promotes design strategies that empower all AIA members to realize the best social and environmental outcomes with the clients and the communities they serve.


  • Help architects transform their practices for climate action and climate justice
  • Elevate stories about people, buildings, and positive change
  • Advocating for the AIA 2030 commitment.
  • Advocating for more sustainable projects in San Mateo County and working with the local government to achieve that
  • Work with San Mateo College to have more emphasis on sustainable design in their curriculum
  • Advocating for LEED, WELL, fitwell etc.
  • Adapting the AIA framework for design excellence (formerly the COTE Top Ten Measures)
  • Implementing the common app design excellence form in future design awards program


  • Organizing workshops and learning sessions
  • Organizing panel discussions with local building officials, planning department, contractors, developers, clients
  • Provide resources to help implement sustainable design strategies to our members
  • Tours of green buildings