A SAIT alumna, Chala has used her architectural technologies diploma to lay the foundation of a career focused on sustainability and education.
Through her work — which has taken her to Ontario and northern B.C. — Chala has championed recycling and waste management projects and forged new paths in sustainability for various communities. Her career has been bolstered by her Bachelor of Science, with an Environmental Science focus, and Master of Arts in Environment and Management degrees, both from Royal Roads University.
Working at SAIT since 2018, Chala is continuing to bring together her passion for architecture and the environment and helping homeowners meet their green building goals.
Along with working on the Living Building Challenge project, Chala is developing a sustainability course for the real estate industry and working on a project that correlates low-toxicity materials with healthy indoor air quality. She is also a trainer through Eco Canada’s Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) and is licensed to instruct hands-on courses for local Indigenous communities that connect traditional ecological wisdom with western science.
Awards and achievements:
- Named 2020 Environmental Professional of the year by EcoCanada
- Living Future ambassador/facilitator,
- Living Future accredited,
- LEED accredited, part of the SAIT Living Building Challenge project team — if successful, the project will be the fourth home in the world to achieve the full-certification status
If I wasn’t doing this: "I would probably be renovating houses."