The role of architects is changing – the pressure of the climate crisis as well as availability of new, data-driven tools are positioning the building industry to become an essential part of the climate drawdown. We are globally poised to build the equivalent of a New York City every month until 2060; at the same time, the construction industry is responsible for 10% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. As building owners adopt rigorous climate action goals, embodied carbon accounting is becoming as essential to practice as energy modeling in all market sectors.

This session will describe how Miller Hull is leveraging tools such as Tally and Tableau to communicate embodied carbon impacts of our designs at critical points for decision-making. We will demonstrate a wide range of outcomes for embodied carbon work – from informing design decisions, to building collaborative relationships with our clients, manufacturers, and peers on the solid foundation of climate action. No prior experience with life cycle assessment or data visualization is necessary; whether you are starting out in embodied carbon, or a seasoned LCA pro, we invite all to participate. There will be a dedicated Q&A section at the end of the hour-long session.


Alex Ianchenko is a researcher and design staff member with the Miller Hull Partnership in Seattle. Previously a researcher with the Carbon Leadership Forum and founding member of the Circular City + Living Systems Lab at the University of Washington, Alex is passionate about the intersection of information science, research and design. Her experience with data management and visualization continues to inform her ongoing work in whole-building life cycle assessment, building performance forecasting, and GIS mapping. Today, Alex is dedicated to applying her background to climate advocacy as a member of the Seattle hub of the Carbon Leadership Forum, the AIA Washington Climate Committee, and the Sustainable Design Leaders Climate-Smart Wood Group.

Speaker: "Cross-project comparisons and databases", Carbon Leadership Forum Seattle, December 17, 2020 (approx. 50 attendees)

Speaker & panelist: "In practice: operationalizing life cycle assessment for design teams" AIA/ACSA Intersections CARBON conference, virtual, September 30, 2020 (approx. 50 attendees)

Speaker & panelist: "Decade to deliver: climate crisis storytelling, architecture, and data" AIA Seattle COTE Earth Day Sustainability Slam, April 22nd, 2020 (approx. 50 attendees)

1 peer-reviewed article, 1 chapter, 3 conference papers: Alex Ianchenko (

This event is proudly a part of the inaugural SBW San Diego:



April 16, 2021 at 11:00am - 12pm



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