THE THEME OF THE 2012 GREEN GALA, “Making Waves,” addresses both the impact that the USGBC-LA Community has upon the environment, but also addresses the importance of joining the aquarium in recognition of our most precious resource…WATER. Your attendance at this memorable event represents an opportunity for you to showcase your firm's commitment to sustainability. Your generous contribution not only makes our continued work possible, but also joins your voice to our collective effort in promoting green building and sustainability, thus assuring a healthier world for all.

We are thrilled that this year's Gala, which is scheduled on a Friday evening, will make what we envision as a very exciting & memorable evening. It is certain to be a fun-filled and rewarding networking experience for our guests. Our evening will include: a Cocktail Reception and Viewing of the many wonderful aquatic exhibits at the Venue, Dinner & Program; which also includes the 2nd Annual Sustainable Innovation Awards. The Awards recognizes those projects and their teams that have inspired all of us to reach beyond the expected. To further emphasize the exciting event we have planned for you; we have Mr. Cameron Sinclair, co-founder and CEO of Architecture for Humanity as our Keynote Speaker to share with us his company’s architectural and design solutions to global, social and humanitarian crises. There is also an opportunity for those who wish to make a Weekend of the event to obtain Hotel Accommodations at our USGBC-LA discounted rate.






The Sustainable Innovation Awards recognizes exceptional achievements in each LEED category for county-wide certified projects from the past two years. The awards program offer prestige, notoriety and affirmation of you and your project team’s commitment to a sustainable built environment.

Unlike standardized LEED rating systems, the Sustainable Innovation Awards will evaluate merit based upon sustainable strategies that demonstrate exemplary performance by going above and beyond LEED credit achievement.



Cameron Sinclair was trained as an architect at the University of Westminster and at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. During his studies Sinclair developed an interest in social, cultural and humanitarian design. His postgraduate thesis focused on providing shelter to New York's homeless through sustainable, transitional housing. After his studies, he moved to New York where he worked as a designer and project architect.

In 2006 Sinclair and Architecture for Humanity co-founder Kate Stohr compiled a bestselling book Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises, following up in 2012 with Volume [2]: Building Change From the Ground Up. He is heavily involved in bringing socially relevant building into academia and serves on advisory boards of the Acumen Fund, the Institute for State Effectiveness and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Sinclair is a TED prize recipient and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In 2008 Architecture for Humanity and its co-founders Sinclair and Stohr were named as recipients of the Design Patron Award for the National Design Awards. The following year Sinclair and Stohr were jointly awarded the Bicentenary Medal by the Royal Society of Arts for increasing people’s resourcefulness.

As a result of the 2006 TED Prize, Architecture for Humanity launched the Open Architecture Network, the world's first open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design. Every two years this network hosts a global challenge to tackle a systemic issue within the built environment.