Alicia Daniels Uhlig is an architect and passionate green building advocate, with 20 years of sustainable design experience. Alicia directs the Living Community Challenge and Policy for the Institute, and is focused on accelerating the creation of vibrant, healthy, sustainable communities. Prior to joining ILFI, she practiced architecture in Seattle, Washington with GGLO, California with Van der Ryn Architects, and in the US Virgin Islands. Alicia’s concentration on sustainability also led her to work on vernacular design projects in Italy.
Most recently, as Principal and Director of Sustainability at GGLO – a multi-disciplinary design firm – Alicia 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 (as of Fall 2015 this represented 3% of all U.S. LEED housing and 1.5% worldwide). During her tenure, Alicia led GGLO’s team that explored the creation of the district with Capitol Hill Housing: Capitol Hill EcoDistrict – a proposal for district-scale sustainability; she continues her involvement in the EcoDistrict, as a founding steering committee member. Projects of interest included 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; and Plan 4DE for the International Energy Agency, which is providing an online planning tool to analyze the links between district energy viability and urban form.
Alicia is a licensed Architect in Washington, California, and the US Virgin Islands and is a LEED Fellow with credentials in BD+C, Homes, and Neighborhood Development. She serves on USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee, is a founding steering committee member of the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict, an American Solar Energy Society lifetime member, an Urban Land Institute Northwest task force member, 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 and community scales; climate planning and neighborhood sustainability.