FTI forward: Student forum on facades carbon

Hosted by Facade Tectonics Institute

Calling all students, emerging professionals, and building industry thought leaders!

FTI FORWARD is a platform where students and emerging professionals shake up the status quo on facades and all things carbon. In this event, students from SCI-Arc, USC, Woodbury and CalPoly initiate a dialogue at the intersection of facades, carbon, and circularity. Grad and undergrad students share educational experiences and research trajectories aimed at accelerating change toward resilient and sustainable buildings and urban habitat. Emerging professionals, representatives from local universities, and others will join the conversation.

Join the fun!

Need help registering? Contact Katerina Hojgrova Neme khojgrova@facadetectonics.org directly.


  • Carbon-informed DD + Unitizing rammed earth, Maxwell Lorenze & team, SCI-Arc
  • Balance Operational & Embodied Carbon, AnaSofia Botero, Figen Costa, Javier JuarezBaltazar, CalPoly Pomona
  • Multi Skin Facade : an investigation of passive ventilation methods, Victor Ortiz, Woodbury
  • Unitized Double-Skin Algae Facade Retrofit, Selin Guner, USC
  • Lieb House & Circular solutions for densifying Sherman Oaks, Kevin Xu, Jacqueline Cruz & Storm Butti, SCI-Arc
  • Re-Glass: Product development pathways for post-consumer glass, Baizhen Yu, SCI-Arc & Judson Studios
  • Facades Circularity, Edgar Devora Roman, USC
  • The Future of Circular Design, Kathryn Soter, Good Future Design Alliance (GFDA)

AIA CES Registered: Attendees will earn 1.5 AIA CEU credits

When: Wednesday May 22, 2024 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Where: SCI-Arc

- Pedestrians/Rideshare: 960 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
- Parking entrance: 350 Merrick St, Los Angeles, CA 90013


Onsite Parking will be limited. Participants are encouraged to use public transportation and carpool. A registration form will be sent out to participants in the days preceding the event. Registration is required 24 hours before the event to access parking onsite.


Wednesday, May 22

  1. Registrations

  2. FTI welcome + announcements

  3. Spitfire student presentations

  4. Future of circular design

  5. Open conversations and refreshments

  6. Networking happy hour @ Eat Drink Americano