CoA lecture series opens with talk on accelerating market transformation

Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Buena Vista Bldg. Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), UTSA Downtown Campus

By Nicole Chavez

(October 1, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series begins with “Mapping the Future & Using Data to Accelerate Market Transformation” at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3 in the Buena Vista Bldg. Assembly Room (BVB 1.338) on the UTSA Downtown Campus. The lecture will be presented by Elizabeth Heider, Senior Vice President of Green Markets for Skanska USA, one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups. The CoA series is free and open to the public.

“The utilization of data in the process of designing, building and operating 21st century buildings has become an absolutely critical step in the overall construction process,” said Heider.

Heider supports the development, design, and construction of high-performance green/LEED projects throughout their lifecycle for Skanska, and also serves as Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Board of Directors. Her talk is sponsored by Skanska USA and supported by the Balcones Chapter of USGBC Central Texas. A panel discussion will follow, featuring James Andrews of Overland Partners and Bob Harris of Lake Flato Architects. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Hazem Rashed-Ali, Associate Professor at UTSA’s College of Architecture. 

Skanska is recognized as an industry leader in constructing sustainable buildings, from institutional buildings to office towers. The company has extensive experience in selecting building material using a lifecycle approach and is able to ensure projects will meet the requirements for certification in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the USGBC’s system for energy and environmental classification of buildings.

LEED is the most widely recognized and used green building program worldwide, certifying 1.6 million square feet of building space each day in more than 130 countries. The certification program for buildings, homes, and communities serves as a guide for design, construction, operations, and maintenance. Nearly 50,000 projects are currently participating in LEED today. The USGBC is made up of tens of thousands of member organizations, chapters, and student and community volunteers who share the same vision of a sustainable built environment for all within the next generation.


UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series
Oct. 17 — Kate Orff: “Petrochemical America”

Nov. 7  — Eran Ben-Joseph’s lecture, “ReThinking a Lot: The Design and Culture of Parking,” is co-sponsored by the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at UTSA.


The CoA Lecture Series is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Nicole Chavez at or (210) 458-3121.