Alicia Daniels Uhlig is an architect and passionate sustainability advocate with 20 years of sustainable design experience within the architecture design firm setting. It was with a sense of urgency to transform our built environment that she left traditional architecture practice in 2016 and joined the International Living Future Institute as the Director of the Living Community Challenge + Policy. After quintupling the number of registered Living Community Challenge projects in 3 years and advocating for the successful adoption / updates of ILFI incentive policies, her increasing resolve for action has led her to seek a greater impact on the future of sustainability through the direct education and mentoring of architecture students.
Prior to joining ILFI, Alicia’s architectural career spanned continents and included: Van der Ryn Architects in California; the US Virgin Islands; Matera, Italy – a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and most recently at GGLO in Seattle. As Principal and Director of Sustainability at GGLO, she spearheaded internal research & education initiatives and was the firm’s driving force for bringing sustainable design solutions to 3,000 housing units certified to LEED standards. During her tenure, Alicia led GGLO’s team that explored the creation of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict and projects of interest include: the 2013 Seattle Climate Action Plan, which outlines a path to achieving city-wide carbon neutrality by 2050; the 2015 Seattle Climate Resilience Plan, which identifies the potential land use impacts of local sea level rise; the 2016 Seattle Climate Impacts Preparedness Plan, which provides planning guidance for climate change; and the International Energy Agency’s Plan4DE, which is providing an online planning tool to analyze the links between district energy viability and urban form.
Alicia is a licensed Architect in California (current), Washington (current), and the US Virgin Islands, is a LEED Fellow with credentials in BD+C, Homes, and Neighborhood Development, and is a 2018 recipient of the Women in Sustainability Leadership Award. She served on USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee, is a founding steering committee member of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, an American Solar Energy Society lifetime member, served as an Urban Land Institute Northwest task force member and NW Multifamily Product Council, and served on Cascadia Green Building Council’s Seattle Branch steering committee for ten years. She lectures frequently on sustainable architecture, including contemporary & vernacular rainwater harvesting design; the 2030 Challenge & residential post-occupancy research; health at the material & community scales; climate planning & neighborhood sustainability.
M.Arch, University of Syracuse Florence, Italy Program 1999
B.Arch, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA 1996
· Director Living Community Challenge + Policy: International Living Future Institute, Seattle, Washington
· Principal, Director of Sustainability: GGLO, Seattle, Washington
· Project Architect: Doug White, Architect St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
· Project Architect: Van der Ryn Architects, Sausalito, California
· Sustainable Architecture Consultant: Arch. Pietro Laureano, Matera, Italy
· Project Manager: Bell/Knott &Associates, Corporate Architects, Kansas City, Missouri
· Intern Architect: Stonham & Becker Architects and RMB Architects, Sacramento, CA
· Licensed Architect in California and Washington
· LEED Fellow
· 2018 GB&D Magazine: “The Living Community Challenge Embraces Holistic Solutions to Climate Change”
· 2018 Book Contribution: Sustainable Nation by Doug Farr ‘Neighborhood Dreams’ contribution
· 2017 Huffington Post: “Rethinking the Right of Way”
· Climate Action Planning with City of Seattle, Office of Sustainability & Environment: 2013 “Climate Action Plan”; 2015 “Climate Preparedness: a Mapping Inventory of Changing Coastal Flood Risk”
· 2012 “Capitol Hill EcoDistrict: A proposal for district-scale sustainability”