Temperatures are rising.

In New York City, extreme heat has every­one fired up, almost lit­er­ally. The last decade was the hottest on record world­wide, and large cities are warm­ing the fastest through the heat islands they cre­ate. The New York City Panel on Cli­mate Change (NPCC), whose sci­ence dri­ves the City’s cli­mate pol­icy and com­pre­hen­sive resiliency pro­gram, has iden­ti­fied ris­ing tem­per­a­tures as a major pub­lic health threat to the city – com­pa­ra­ble in risk level to sea level rise, intense pre­cip­i­ta­tion, and humidity.

On Novem­ber 12th, join a grow­ing con­tin­gent of archi­tects and land­scape archi­tects, plan­ners, engi­neers, and allied pro­fes­sion­als in gov­ern­ment, NGOs, research, acad­e­mia, and more for Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapt­ing to a Hot­ter World, the first gath­er­ing of its kind.

Hosted at the Cen­ter for Archi­tec­ture in Man­hat­tan and live streamed in Brook­lyn at the New York City Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, this day-long sym­po­sium will cover crit­i­cal top­ics rang­ing from urban cli­ma­tol­ogy to build­ing mate­ri­als, case stud­ies to rec­om­men­da­tions for the future. It will revisit prior extreme heat events such as the 1995 Chicago and 2003 Paris category-defining heat waves, what has changed since then, and what still needs to be done to address this increas­ing threat.

Hear from over 30 of the most informed pro­fes­sion­als, design prac­ti­tion­ers, and offi­cials cur­rently work­ing in this area, including:

  • Illya Azaroff, AIA, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor in Archi­tec­tural Tech­nol­ogy, Founder, +LAB archi­tect PLLC, Found­ing Co-Chair, DfRR
  • Chris Bene­dict, Prin­ci­pal, Archi­tec­ture & Energy Ltd.
  • Regi­nald Blake, PhD, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in bio­log­i­cal sci­ences, CUNY — NYCCT
  • Pippa Bras­hear, Direc­tor of Plan­ning and Resilience, SCAPE Land­scape Architecture
  • Lance Jay Brown, FAIA, DPACSA CCNY, Found­ing Co-Chair, DfRR
  • Kizzy Charles-Guzman, Deputy Direc­tor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recov­ery and Resiliency
  • Anna Dyson, Pro­fes­sor and CASE Direc­tor, School of Archi­tec­ture at Rensselaer
  • Lind­say Gold­man, Project Direc­tor for Age-friendly NYC, NY Acad­emy of Medicine
  • Rus­sell Hot­zler, PhD, Pres­i­dent, CUNY — NYCCT
  • Richard Keller, PhD, Pro­fes­sor, Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin, Author, Fatal Isolation
  • Lau­rie Kerr, FAIA, LEED AP, Direc­tor of Pol­icy, Urban Green Council
  • Eric Kli­nen­berg, PhD, author of Heat Wave and Pro­fes­sor of Soci­ol­ogy and Direc­tor, Insti­tute for Pub­lic Knowl­edge at NYU
  • Tom Matte, Assis­tant Com­mis­sioner for Envi­ron­men­tal Sur­veil­lance and Pol­icy, NYC Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hygiene
  • Sab­rina McCormick, PhD, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor, George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity and Senior Fel­low, Whar­ton Risk and Deci­sion Center
  • Emily Nobel Maxwell, NYC Pro­gram Direc­tor for Urban Sus­tain­abil­ity, The Nature Conservancy
  • Amy Patel, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Com­mer­cial Key Account Man­ager, BASF Cen­ter for Build­ing Excellence
  • Jef­frey Raven, FAIA, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor and Direc­tor of the MS in Archi­tec­ture, Urban and Regional Design pro­gram, NYIT
  • Wolf­gang Rieder, CEO and Founder, fibreC
  • Cyn­thia Rosen­zweig, PhD, Senior Research Sci­en­tist, Cli­mate Impacts Group, NASA God­dard Insti­tute for Space Studies
  • James Rus­sell, FAIA, Archi­tec­ture Critic and Journalist
  • Porie Saikia-Eapen, AIA, FCIOB, Char­tered CM, Direc­tor, Sus­tain­abil­ity & Envi­ron­men­tal Com­pli­ance, MTA HQ
  • Kurt Shick­man, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Global Cool Cities Alliance
  • Dmitry Smirnov, PhD, Project Meterol­o­gist, Dewberry
  • Anne Marie Sow­der, Asst Pro­fes­sor in Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment – Civil Engi­neer­ing, CUNYNYCCT, DfRR Extreme Heat Pro­gram Chair
  • Brian Stone, PhD, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor and PhD Pro­gram Direc­tor, Geor­gia Tech Uni­ver­sity School of City & Regional Planning
  • Ed Toth, Direc­tor, Green­belt Native Plant Cen­ter Seed Col­lec­tion & Bank­ing Pro­gram, NYC Parks
  • Juli Trtanj, M.E.S., Pro­gram Direc­tor, NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative
  • Melissa Umberger, Haz­ard Mit­i­ga­tion Project Man­ager, NYC Emer­gency Management
  • Jason Vollen, PhD, AIA, Prin­ci­pal, High Per­for­mance Build­ing Group, AECOM
  • Neil Weisen­feld, Direc­tor of Strate­gic Plan­ning, Con Edi­son of New York
  • Andrew Whal­ley, AIA, RIBA, Deputy Chair­man, Grimshaw Architects
  • Rae Zim­mer­man, PhD, Pro­fes­sor of Plan­ning and Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion, NYU

Reg­is­ter today via AIANY.

7.0 AIA HSW LU, 7.0 GBCI CE, and 7.0 LA CES PDH/HSW learn­ing units will be offered.



“Extreme Heat: Hot Cities – Adapt­ing to a Hot­ter World” has been cre­ated and devel­oped by the Design for Risk and Recon­struc­tion Com­mit­tee (DfRR) of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects New York Chap­ter (AIANY).

The sym­po­sium is pre­sented in part­ner­ship with the AIANY Build­ing Enclo­sure Coun­cil, AIANY Build­ing Codes Com­mit­tee, AIANY Com­mit­tee on the Envi­ron­ment (COTE), AIANY Design for Aging Com­mit­tee, AIANY Health Facil­i­ties Com­mit­tee, AIANY Hous­ing Com­mit­tee, AIANY Plan­ning and Urban Design Com­mit­tee, AIANY Trans­porta­tion and Infra­struc­ture Com­mit­tee, Amer­i­can Soci­ety of Land­scape Archi­tects — New York Chap­ter (ASLA-NY), NYCCT Depart­ment of Archi­tec­tural Tech­nol­ogy, NYCCT Depart­ment of Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment and Civil Engi­neer­ing, NYC Depart­ment of Health and Men­tal Hygiene, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recov­ery & Resiliency, NYC Office of Emer­gency Man­age­ment, NYC Depart­ment of Parks and Recre­ation, NYC Urban Heat Island Work­ing Group, Rock­e­feller Foun­da­tion, Nature Con­ser­vancy, and Urban Green Council.

This event would not be pos­si­ble with­out sup­port from Autodesk, BASF and their Cen­ter for Build­ing Excel­lence, Big Ass Fans, Piz­zarotti IBC, Con Edi­son, Lance Jay Brown, and Perkins+Will.