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NAED Annual Membership Meeting
October 30, 2012
Hosted by the National Academy of Environmental Design

October 31, 2012
Hosted by the National Academy of Environmental Design


Designing Intelligent Environments: Social and Ethical Implications

October 31, 2012
Hosted by the National Academy of Environmental Design and the National Building Museum

Green Health: Sustainable Neighborhoods & Schools For Healthy Kids

Workshop: October 26-28, 2011 (Washington, DC)
Co-sponsored by: The National Academy for Environmental Design & the National Collaborative for Childhood Obesity Research

For more information, see here

Disasters Roundtable

The Disasters Roundtable of the National Academies’ National Research Council and the National Academy of Environmental Design hosted a workshop, “Disaster Resilient Design,” on October 26, 2010. Bringing together thought-leaders and experts in the design and disaster communities, this workshop identified ways to integrate principles of sustainability and disaster resilience in building, site, and community planning and design. Disaster resilient design embodies a broad range of ideas and specifications that can include site planning and building codes, sustainability and green design principles, pre-event plans for risk reduction and mitigation, and post-event retrofit, reconstruction, and resettlement considerations. The workshop drew upon examples from research, planning, and design studio work to address how building, site, and regional plans can mitigate exposure to risk and effects of disasters to:

  • Identify areas of intersection between sustainability and disaster resilience
  • Identify ways to integrate green design and disaster resilience principles in the United States and in international arenas
  • Identify new models for disaster resilient design research and education
  • Raise awareness, facilitate dialogue, and create collaboration among experts in the disasters and environmental design communities

The afternoon of the full day workshop was spent in interactive and participatory small group activities to identify actions needed to:

  • Integrate green design and disaster resilience into physical design
  • Identify new models that integrate disaster resilient design research and education
  • Discuss disaster resilient design in international contexts
For more information, see here


Since the National Academy of Environmental Design’s (NAED) creation in May 2007, the organization has made great strides toward its goals of establishing itself to eventually exist as a parallel structure to the existing National Academies. Very quickly the NAED formed a steering committee, which now comprises more than 20 organizations representing over 500,000 individuals in the environmental design disciplines of architecture, engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, planning, and communications design. Together, these experts, in areas of scientific and technological endeavor, have begun devising research programs to address critical issues that affect the flourishing of individuals, communities, and the natural world.

Universities Host First Set of Research Symposia

In early spring of 2009, an initial set of research symposiums were held at major universities around the United States, with the purpose of identifying key questions and issues in areas such as water quality, sustainable materials, and sustainable sites. The outcomes of these symposiums are linked below:


NAED Publishes White Paper on Climate Change
"A Rationale for a National Organization to Leverage the Expertise of the Design and Planning Professions and Institutions to Address the Impending Catastrophic Impacts of Climate Change"

Download the white paper (8.5.08)



The NAED membership provides the leadership and expertise required to accomplish complex research projects on issues such as climate change, resource depletion, and energy security.


Architects Launch Ten-Year Commitment to Make Design a Catalyst for Public Health
Landscape Journal to publish paper based on NAED symposium outcomes
Green Energy Education Act
Help support this critical legislation
Universities host first set of research symposia
NPS to invest $750M in Parks Nationwide
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Water Symposium
University of Florida
Sustainable Materials Symposium
University of Minnesota
Sustainable Sites Symposium
University of Texas at Austin
White Paper on Climate Change
Download the white paper


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