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Talks and lectures

RIBA Gulf Chapter's sustainable development series 1: Route to net zero – The UN and RIBA

Hosted by the RIBA Gulf Chapter, this webinar seeks to gain insight into how global institutions are addressing the urgent issue of climate change and to provide a detailed understanding of how locally delivered projects demonstrate how the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 can be applied in practice.

This talk will provide an overview of the global climate change as it relates to the built environment. Speakers will give insight on international commitments to address climate change, and show the ways in which locally delivered projects can demonstrate how the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 are applicable in practice.

The RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge sets a series of targets for UK practices to adopt in order to reduce operational energy, embodied carbon, and potable water consumption.

The talks will discuss what needs to be addressed now to ensure the property sector can deliver buildings that contribute to a zero-carbon economy and will describe how the construction sector, including developers, architects, engineers, contractors can take this challenge into consideration.


Talk 1: Introduction to the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Provides an overview of the UN SDGs together with other related international agreements and describes their importance for built environment professionals identifying local Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) projects that demonstrate how each of these goals can be achieved.

Talk 2: The RIBA Sustainable Outcomes Guide

Provides a practical explanation of the outcomes that need to be delivered if we are to achieve development which is sustainable. Includes meaningful, measurable targets and associated metrics.

Talk 3: Net zero carbon buildings: Three steps to take now

Covers the route to be taken in order to achieve the net zero carbon target, and highlights the importance for this to be adopted across the entire construction industry.

This event includes a panel discussion with the guests and audience. Live questions from the audience will be held at the end of the talk, with attendees brought on camera to ask questions.

About the speakers

Mina Hasman
ARB, RIBA, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, BREEAM AP, Associate Director and Sustainability Lead of Skidmore, Owings and Merill LLP (SOM)

Mina Hasman leads Skidmore Owings and Merrill LLP’s sustainability and wellbeing daily operations and long-term vision for achieving excellence in practice. She has experience in a wide variety of projects in the UK, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, bringing a greater understanding of the implications for sustainable design in different climatic, social and regulatory contexts.

Gary Clark
Principal, Regional Lead EMEA, Science and Technology, at HOK London Studio and Chair of the RIBA Sustainable Futures group

Gary Clark is passionate about bridging the boundaries between academic research, teaching and practice across many sectors, with sustainability at the core of his architectural philosophy. As regional leader of the HOK’s Science and Technology practice in London, Gary brings a wealth of design expertise and an architectural portfolio that includes high-performance buildings across multiple sectors, including higher education, residential, and commercial.

Mercedes Gargallo
RIBA Gulf Chapter Honorary Member, Associate at Arup

Mercedes Gargallo is an Associate at Arup, a qualified RIBA architect, and holds a master’s degree in façade engineering. She is an advocate of Ove Arup’s total design philosophy and currently acts as the honourable treasurer of the RIBA Gulf Chapter.

Samima Saqib

Mechanical Engineer, Arup

Samima Saqib is a self motivated and result driven designer and thinker with a background in architectural engineering. Samima is avidly interested in combining new HVAC technologies with rising renewable energy technologies.

Ghaith Tibi

Senior Consultant, Arup

Ghaith Tibi is a Senior Consultant with Arup's team in the Middle East and an Associate Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK), a Member of the Association of Energy Engineers (USA) and an LEED Accredited Professional (USA). Ghaith has also developed an advanced understanding of sustainable development planning and design through a multidisciplinary background in architecture, energy engineering and urban planning.

Host: Sandra Woodall, FRIBA
Fellow at both RIBA and Academy of Urbanism, Design Director of tangram Gulf

Sandra Woodall is a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of British Architects and the UK’s Academy of Urbanism. She is a passionate environmentalist, architect, urbanist and researcher, who has been based in the GCC for 25 years, where she is Design Director of tangram's award-winning MENA region studios.

Moderator: Andy Shaw, RIBA
Managing Partner at AMA, Chair of RIBA Gulf Chapter