This week’s episode features a fun conversation with Lindsay Baker and Kira Gould. These two women are amazing advocates for sustainability in AEC industry and have an inspiring podcast called Design the Future.  They had me on their podcast last year and it was fun to be able to turn the tables on interview them. During the conversation we chat about what got them into their perspective fields, the trends they’re seeing, and recommendations they have for students. There were a few moments where we got into the weeds and so be sure to check out instagram for some additional images for what we’re referencing.

Building Highlight: The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Environmental Center at the Alice Ferguson foundation in Accokeek, MD



Lindsay Baker

As CEO of the International Living Future Institute, Lindsay Baker is the organization’s chief strategist, charged with delivering on its mission to lead the transformation toward a civilization that is socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.

Lindsay is a climate entrepreneur, experienced in launching and growing innovative businesses. Her introduction to the green building movement began at the Southface Institute in Atlanta, where she interned before entering Oberlin College to earn a BA in Environmental Studies. She was one of the first 40 staff members at the U.S. Green Building Council, working to develop consensus about what the LEED rating system would become. She then earned an MS from the University of California at Berkeley in Architecture, with a focus on Building Science, and spent five years as a building science researcher at the UC Berkeley Center for the Built Environment.

Lindsay applied her experience around the study of heat, light, and human interactions in buildings to a role with Google’s Green Team, and later co-founded a smart buildings start-up called Comfy, which grew over five years to 75 employees and a global portfolio of clients. She was the first Global Head of Sustainability and Impact at WeWork, where she built the corporate sustainability team and programs from scratch. Lindsay is a Senior Fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute, and a lecturer at UC Berkeley. She serves on several non-profit boards, and is an advisor and board member for numerous climate tech startups.

Kira Gould:

Kira Gould, Hon. AIA, LEED AP, is a writer, strategist, and convener dedicated to advancing design leadership and climate action. Through Kira Gould CONNECT, she provides strategic communications for leaders and firms designing and developing toward a sustainable future. She is a Senior Fellow with Architecture 2030 and volunteers with the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, whose national leadership group she chaired (2007). Through Kira Gould CONNECT, she provides strategic communications for leaders designing, planning, developing, and building the sustainable future. Kira is the co-host of the Design the Future podcast with Lindsay Baker. She co-authored Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (2007) with the late architect and author Lance Hosey


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