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Event Organiser: ICE

Green Leadership Challenges in the Built Environment, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 11 June 2021
  • 13:00 - 14:00
Green Leadership Challenges in the Built Environment, webinar

About this event

The built environment as an industry has been monumentally slow in responding to the global climate crisis. This talk presents a holistic overview of the many sustainability challenges (not just energy or carbon) facing the built environment. The urgency and scale of the problem is more than what we are currently responding to. And the presentation will provide a reflection on some of the systemic challenges of built environment collaboration and practice. The fact that we do not work effectively with the other disciplines, and often aren’t even speaking the same language about the same things means that even well-intentioned individuals are not collectively delivering the projects that the planet needs. Based on her work as the course director of the Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) programmes at the university of Cambridge, Dr Friedman will explore the personal skillsets for working built environment professionals that will be needed to address these many challenges (ie, what can you do?) – focusing on both competence (technical skills) and confidence (leadership and collaboration).


Dr Kayla Friedman is the Course Director for the University of Cambridge’s Master's and Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) and a Programme Director at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). Her work is focused on bridging the gap between academia and industry by leveraging her prolific experience in teaching, research, and professional practice.
Kayla holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Centre for Sustainable Development, and is a licensed New York State Architect. Alongside her US architectural experience, she has six years of experience working as an Urban Designer in London with Levitt Bernstein Associates. After completing her BSc in Architecture from The University of Virginia and MSc Hons in Architecture and Urban Design from Washington University in St Louis, she moved to London where her primary focus was on social housing regeneration projects in the UK. Therefore, she has first-hand experience of how the changing environmental policy landscape has been continuously influencing the development of the built environment.
Kayla is keenly interested in developing integrated environmental design solutions at the community and neighbourhood scales which can only be achieved by developing synergy among the various stakeholders as described in her words, below:
“We can only work in an interdisciplinary way when we take the time to really understand and value what is driving the client, the architect, the engineer, the quantity surveyor, the contractor, and anyone else who is involved in the project.”

Event venue

United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Rose Creasey

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