Current and past colleagues might describe me as a champion for healthy, sustainable buildings and cities. As a former architect and military technician who became passionate about high quality of life early in my career, and because the building sector contributes up to 30% of global annual green house gas emissions and consumes up to 40% of all energy*, I became especially driven to advocate for the smart growth of our communities.

I also became a certified Fitwel Ambassador and LEED Green Associate to build upon my proven success leading and managing award-winning, visionary projects across architecture, education, and communications.

Fernando Arias Clark Construction Group
 

Now as Clark Construction Group’s Director of Sustainability, I work with executive leadership to shape Clark’s national sustainability strategy. My passion for green partnerships, plus my many years of experience and expertise in building design and construction, enhances Clark’s sustainability efforts across the country through expanded services, including holistic and advanced approaches to sustainable buildings and infrastructure.

Most recently, I consulted government, non-profit and private sector clients focused on healthy design strategies through outreach on sustainable, healthy community planning via the Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR) at the National Institutes of Health. I also directed strategic projects and partnerships at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for multi-million dollar initiatives that drive industry coalitions around age-friendly buildings, and health + wellness engagement.

Prior to joining ASID, I managed strategic relationships at the Clinton Global Initiative, served in both the United States Navy and the Army, practiced architecture for 7 years in New York City and Los Angeles, consulted for Accenture’s Resources Group, and worked for the New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and earned two Masters Degrees from Columbia University in Architecture & Urban Design and in Public Administration focused on Environmental Science and Policy.

Because of my diverse background, I have the experience and the judgement necessary to effectively steer the collective contributions of industry, government and NGOs on the most vital quality of life issues that impact us all.

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In this 45min podcast interview with Charlie Cichetti from GBES, I discuss my background and professional experiences, and basically everything that has led me to embrace my career in Sustainability with passion and vision for how to build stronger impact via private sector:

 

This is the documentary that changed my views about...everything, when I first saw this in 2004. It helped me to understand that my earliest interests in circular economics and sustainability are in fact not just my professional work, but my personal calling:


This explainer video is one of the best resources to understand how to address closed-loop manufacturing and where the players in the value chain all align (or need to):


This video speaks to the global scale of climate change impacts we are confronting, and will continue to experience in the decades to come: