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Emerging Professionals Career Panel

October 4, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

What does a career in the built environment industry look like? Come hear from three professionals that are passionate about sustainability and equity in the built environment. They will tell you about their unique journey into the industry, current goals, and career advice for students and emerging professionals.



Christina Hoover, AIA, WELL AP Associate

With seven years of experience, Associate and Architect Christina Hoover has developed a deep portfolio of higher education campus planning and multi-family, mixed-use housing projects. Since joining Elkus Manfredi Architects in 2015, she has been a champion of purposeful place-making and smart, sustainable urban planning, accompanied by her passion for skills-based volunteerism and mentorship of emerging professionals. Her recent work includes a 65% affordable housing project at the ongoing CambridgeSide Redevelopment and renovations to four academic buildings at Simmons University to enable a new Living/Learning Center and state-of-the-art Science Center. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, and completed international studies in the United Kingdom and Italy.


Austin Lee, Associate

Austin Lee, an Associate at Elkus Manfredi Architects, has twelve years of experience in a wide range of master planning and architecture projects, including the Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre for Boston University and the Little Building Residence Hall for Emerson College. Austin is an advocate for sustainable design and the built environment, and his recent work includes a pair of buildings for the University of Southern Maine in Portland slated for completion in fall 2023: a 40,000-square-foot Career and Student Success Center featuring a hybrid mass timber structure and a 580-bed pre-certified Passive House residential commons. Prior to joining Elkus Manfredi in 2015, Austin worked in Shenzhen, China. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley.



Samira Ahmadi

Samira Ahmadi is the Founding Principal of enviENERGY Studio LLC, an energy and sustainability consulting firm, serving regional and national clients looking for sustainable solutions in the built environment. Her practice focuses on sustainability and energy performance analyses for new construction and existing building retrofit projects that are pursuing LEED certification and energy upgrades, occupant’s health and comfort in the built environment, and post-occupancy evaluation, and measurement and verification. Samira has more than 12 years of experience in energy modeling and sustainability consulting. She is an advocate of sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment and has served on the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter Board of Directors.


This event was planned, and is hosted, by the BE+ Emerging Professionals Committee.

This event is FREE for BE+ Emerging Professionals Members and Emerging Professionals who have been in the green building industry for 3 years or less.


Background photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


October 4, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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