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How do we build for the Climate Crisis? Material Provenance with MASS Design Group

1 Apr 2020

‘It is not just about lowering our carbon footprint, it is a systemic way of changing how we live.’ Kelly Alvarez Doran at MASS Design Group shares what approach the construction industry needs to take to achieve the IPCC target of net zero emissions by 2050. Introduced by Vanessa Norwood, creative director at the Building Centre.



This audio extract is from an event in November 2019, where the Building Centre's Vanessa Norwood talked with Kelly Doran of MASS Design Group, Richard Boyd of Arup, Cécile Faraud of C40 and Paloma Gormley and Summer Islam of Material Cultures about the relationships between material provenance, embodied energy, and immediate actions the building industry can take to address the Climate Crisis.


About Kelly Alvarez Doran at MASS Design Group

Kelly leads MASS's London office and oversees work in Europe, West Africa, and Global Business Development. He joined MASS in 2014 and since led the design and implementation of several of MASS’s projects across East Africa, notably the award-winning Munini District Hospital and Rwanda Ministry of Health’s Typical Hospital Plans; headquarters for both One Acre Fund and Andela in Kenya; and the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture.

Kelly is a past recipient of the Canada Council’s Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners, the Irving Grossman Prize for innovation in housing design, and both the AIA and RAIC medals. He has held an adjunct professorship at the University of Waterloo and a visiting lectureship at Harvard University.

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