Lisa Richmond is Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects Seattle. She is Founding Director of Design in Public, which produces the Seattle Design Festival, and co-developer of Seattle’s new Center for Architecture & Design. At AIA, she has created nationally recognized education on zero-energy buildings; promoted a robust advocacy agenda addressing housing, resilience, and urban design; and served as an architecture delegate to the United Nations Habitat 3 and the recent Global Climate Summit. A passionate advocate for sustainable urbanism, Lisa has focused much of her professional career advocating for policies and practices that promote vibrant, human-centered, walkable communities. She believes that great places matter to both people and the planet, and design is a powerful tool for change. Lisa has a background in public art, managing the public art program for Seattle’s Central Library. In 2005, she was selected to be a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.