Gensler’s Regional Managing Principal Xiaomei Lee recently attended as a speaker the AIA IR 2019 Conference. During her speech titled “Beyond Sustainability: shaping the future of cities”, Xiaomei Lee shared the firm’s perspective around the big upcoming challenges of the future: the rise in temperature and climate change caused by human interference and actions is probably the toughest one, and Gensler made a commitment to drive the footprint of its portfolio towards the net zero by 2030, using resilient design solutions aimed at restoring the biocapacity of the planet, while gradually evolving the dimensions of human experience towards net zero environmental impact. This ambitious goal will be achieved through mitigation strategies like low impact development, preservation of existing structures, energy-efficient building envelopes, and use of building intelligence technologies, and adaptation strategies as habitat regeneration, attention to water balance, building flexibility, new mobility and connectivity solutions and smart technology models, to rethink and reshape our infrastructures and built environment.
Xiaomei Lee highlighted the importance of resilient strategies like mitigation and adaption in addressing the climate change challenge.
These adaptive models will gradually restore the biocapacity of the planet while at the same time evolving the human experience.
New modes of mobility are giving roadways and streetscapes back to people. With autonomous vehicles and aerial ride-share on the horizon, Gensler is shaping mobility for the future and transforming the world’s cities.
It is important to think of technology in service of the people’s experience. New technology like Sensors, AI, data platforms can help us to create user-centric buildings, adaptive spaces and improve the overall experience.
Every day, millions of people around the world experience the spaces and places that we as designers create. With that impact comes great responsibility and we are committed to leverage design to respond to the big challenges of the future. It’s through the projects we create, designed with people at the center, that our solutions to the tough challenges of the future come to light.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
As Co-Regional Managing Principal for the Greater China Region, Xiaomei closely oversees the growth and development of the region. Xiaomei has more than 20 years of experience and has directed projects of diverse and complex scale from master planning and tall building architecture, to corporate campus and workplace interiors. Her client-centric approach and deep understanding of local context, paired with broad knowledge of international standards of delivery has been instrumental in the growth of our Greater China practice, and in shaping the Shanghai hub office as a design innovation center. She serves on Gensler’s Board of Directors and Management Committee and has been deeply involved in advancing Gensler’s Tall Building practice, including acting as the project director for the 632-meter-high Shanghai Tower, China’s tallest building.
ABOUT AIA and AIA IR 2019 CONFERENCE
美国建筑师学院（AIA）是一家总部位于美国的行业组织，旨在保护和服务建筑师及设计专业人士，并表彰和推广卓越的建筑设计、科技以及解决设计相关问题。AIA国际区域（AIA International Region）成立于2012年底，是AIA旗下的第19个区域，涵盖除美国以外的所有地区。
The AIA is a US-based professional organization that exists to protect and serve architects and design professionals and recognize and promote excellence in architectural design, technology and design-related issues. The AIA International Region, formed in late 2012, is the nineteenth region of the Institute and it encompasses all areas outside of the US.