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Illinois School of Architecture Spring 2023 Lecture Series: Climate Fictions: Frances Yang

The Illinois School of Architecture Spring 2023 Lecture Series theme is "Climate Fictions".

The Illinois School of Architecture Lecture | Spring 2023


Frances Yang

After starting with Arup 19 years ago, Frances created and has led the Sustainable Materials Practice in the Americas region for the past 12 years.  Drawing from her expertise in structural engineering, construction materials and advanced used of life-cycle assessment (LCA) tools, Frances has helped numerous projects embrace more circular design and drive down embodied carbon within our built environment.  Frances is a constant mobilizer and collaborator, having served on the Carbon Leadership Forum Board, vice-chaired the USGBC Materials and Resources Advisory Group, co-founding the All for Reuse initiative, and currently vice-chair of SE 2050. She has also contributed to the chapter on mass timber construction within the New Carbon Architecture book, the Bay Area Low Carbon Concrete Code, and the ASCE technical guidance document “Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment: Reference Building Structure and Strategies,” which is referenced by LEEDv4, ILFI’s Zero Carbon Certification, and other respected standards. Through her career, Frances has shown how structural engineers can influence projects and policies towards a climate-positive future. (From Event Page Website)

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