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Alexandra Setmajer

Project Manager & Materials Specialist

Alex is a Project Manager and Materials Specialist at Brightworks Sustainability, where she helps clients navigate the escalating complexity of material choices in the built environment.

Her experience with healthy and sustainable materials includes working directly with building project teams pursuing the Living Building Challenge Materials Petal and Red List Vetting, LEED Materials credits, custom corporate healthy materials programs, measuring embodied carbon and building life cycle assessments (LCAs), and more. Alex also works directly with product manufacturers to advise and support them to improve their transparency and sustainability initiatives, including pursuing Declare labels, Living Building Challenge compliance documentation, sustainability strategy, identifying opportunities for improvement, and communicating their sustainability achievements.

Additionally, she is involved in the development of Brightworks’ materials scoring tool, a proprietary tool that helps designers select preferred materials by scoring products across a number of indicators, including health, carbon, composition, water use, waste, circular design, and worker and community social benefit. Her volunteer engagements in the sustainability industry include serving as the Research and Advocacy Co-Chair for the International Living Future Institute Portland Collaborative, and as a member of the mindful MATERIALS Content Working Group.

With a background in sustainability for infrastructure projects, Alex also ranks in the top-tier of consultants with expertise in the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s (ISI) Envision rating system.  She is currently guiding the Envision program for the Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) new Automated People Mover, a critical piece of new infrastructure for the region, which will host the 2028 Olympic Games.


  • Monash University (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
    Bachelor of Architectural Design (Passive Environmental Design)
  • Portland State University
    Bachelor of Arts (Environmental Sustainability and Communication)

Technical Credentials & Professional Memberships

  • U.S. Green Building Council
    LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
  • Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure
    Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP)
    Envision Verifier
  • International Living Future Institute
    Living Future Accredited
    Living Future Ambassador

Selected Experience

  • HDR


  • mindful MATERIALS
    Content Working Group, Member
  • International Living Future Institute, Portland Collaborative
    Research & Advocacy Committee, Co-Chair
  • Portland State University, School of Business Administration
    B Impact (B Corp Certification) Student Consulting Team, Former Member
  • Green Empowerment
    Nicaragua Volunteer Expedition Team, Former Member
  • Student Organised Network for Architecture
    Monash University, Former Chair
  • American Institute of Architects (Portland Chapter)
    Committee on the Environment, Former Member