Architects & Designers OF the community.

Sustainable Cities and Communities by Design


August 2022

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA #DAS452-22, IDCEC # 117133

About this webinar

This session will take you on a journey to get you closer to the community you work with and for. By looking at the 5 E's: Economics, Education, Energy, Environment, and Emotions. Imagine these 5 E's as levers that you as an architect can control. Based on the community you are working with, you can decide the different permutations and combinations. You question how architecture functions and who it serves. You find new ways to tell the whole story of the architectural processes, the people who build, and the communities and individuals who are affected.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Sameera Chukkapalli Holmes

Sameera Chukkapalli Holmes is an Obama Leader and the founder and director of Needlab, a nonprofit organization that works to solve habitat and resilience problems in cities and rural areas. Needlab works with communities worldwide to develop human and environmental-centered architectural design solutions. Needlab's mission is to research, build, and advocate for dignity in design and self sufficiency in communities. They have completed projects on four continents - directly impacting communities by working with and for them. 

She is the youngest architect to participate in “Barcelona Design Week”, and one among the three selected architects to display sustainable housing solutions at the 1st UN-Habitat Assembly. She spends most of her time drafting human and environment-centered design solutions with communities around the world. Currently, she is driven toward achieving the UN Sustainable development Goals by making sustainable design solutions reachable to all and teaching at Masters students at New York University (NYU) and Pratt Institute in New York.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  1. Analyze your own projects and understand the impact they are creating on your community. 
  2. Measure the impact of your work on the 5 E’s - stimulate local Economies, Educate and empower locals, focus on green Energy, Environmental sustainability and climate resilience, and involve local voices and Emotions to promote wellbeing in the community.
  3. Apply the 5 E’s metrics to design a new project for securing funding and validating the impact on community health and safety.
  4. Tell a story of how your project is impacting the community for the better.

Entire 2024 series

$345 Single payment
12 HSW CE credits

Single session

$45 Single payment
1 HSW CE credit

Entire 2024 series

$29/month 12 Monthly payments
12 HSW CE credits

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Discover Actionable Strategies for a built environment that stands the test of time and nature.


  • Join Omar Degan, Principal of Do Architecture Group, and become part of a forward-thinking community that doesn't just follow trends but sets them by delivering architectural solutions attuned to today's needs and tomorrow's possibilities.
  • Each session in the 'Change by Design' series is meticulously curated, embedding insights and practical steps to prepare you to lead the change in the built environment.
  • Embrace the convenience of our series: whether you attend live online or on-demand, you will earn 12 AIA/IDCEC-approved HSW CEUs/LUs across 12 sessions, culminating in a comprehensive mastery of resilience in architecture. 

Building Resilience in Design & Architecture

"Change by Design" is where innovation meets practicality. This series goes beyond fulfilling CEU requirements; it's about integrating resilience in your designs so your forward-thinking projects stand out for addressing today's most pressing challenges and satisfying a market that demands it.

Why 'Change by Design'? Because it's where your expertise meets the pressing need for a built environment that stands the test of time and nature. It's where you gain CE credits and a competitive edge in a market that values foresight and responsibility. Each session is an actionable step towards mastering economically viable and environmentally sound designs.

Join a community that does not follow trends but sets them by delivering architectural solutions that meet today's needs and anticipate tomorrow's challenges.

Ready to elevate your practice? Secure your spot in a series that promises resilience amid fragility: "Building Resilience in Design and Architecture: Global Perspectives, Local Solutions." with Omar Degan, Principal, Do Architecture Group (live and on-demand).


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