Sustainable Design and Leadership Surveys, 2014


Since the first Design Futures Council Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design 13 years ago, the DFC has gathered information, statistics, and success stories on sustainable design. We have come to understand better the challenges, scenarios, and models requiring leadership ingenuity.

Our 2014 Sustainable Design Survey of A/E/C leaders is our biggest and best ever, tabulating the activities and opinions of the most successful design firms:

  • The individuals, firms, and suppliers they most admire as sustainability role models
  • The factors that are helping – and hindering – their firm’s ability to achieve higher levels of building performance
  • The cost difference to design, construct, and operates green buildings
  • The professional organizations they think are best deploying resources for sustainability
  • How sustainable design certification is encouraged in their firm
  • The type of training they give employees about green design issues
  • Satisfaction with their own firm's progress toward green design
  • How much of their work is environmentally responsible
  • Historical comparisons with past years' data
  • And much more!

Last year we introduced the first ever DesignIntelligence Leadership Survey. This year's results are no less revealing. These individuals were chosen to receive the survey based on their positions of leadership within firms that exemplify best practice.

    Also in this issue are in-depth articles from some of the most respected figures in architecture and design:


    Seven Tips to Boost Architecture Education
    Practical advice inspired by a burgeoning trend of confidence
    —James P. Cramer

    HKS Research: Making Metrics Meaningful in Design
    Measuring essential ingredients for excellence in design
    —Dan Noble, Upali Nanda & Tom Harvey

    Social Media: The Fine Art of Contemporary Customer Engagement
    Emerging communication methods provide new opportunities for businesses and global practices
    —Gita Mirchandani
    Salvaging a Sustainable Future
    Building material salvage/reuse advances substantial economic and social benefits
    —Shannon Goodman

    Independent Architects Are Leading the Way For Change
    Leveraging individual strengths, challenging myths and becoming influential catalysts of change
    —Mark LePage

    Work on What You Love
    Rhode Island School of Design Commencement, 2014
    —Bruce Mau

    Architects’ Optimistic Future
    Syracuse University Commencement, 2014
    —Martha Thorne

    Better Business, Better Design
    Mississippi State University Commencement, 2014
    —James P. Cramer

    84 pages, full color - July/August 2014