In 2003, Mazria, a pioneer in passive solar architecture, calculated that buildings are the source of half of all carbon dioxide emissions. He publicized that discovery with the ground-breaking article “It’s the Architecture, Stupid,” in the May/June 2003 issue of SOLAR TODAY, the magazine of the American Solar Energy Society. An explosion of laboratory activity in energy-efficient design followed. In January, 2006, Mazria issued the Architecture 2030 Challenge (architecture2030.org), working with climate scientists to establish incremental efficiency goals for buildings. It was adopted by the American Institute of Architects.
Mazria’s summary of Architecture 2030 goals and progress, addressed to a plenary session of SOLAR 2011 in Raleigh, N.C. last May, brought a standing ovation.
Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator with a long and distinguished career. His award-winning architecture and planning projects span over a forty-five year period, each employing a cutting-edge environmental approach to design. His comprehensive knowledge of design, planning, climate change and alternative energy sources are focused on a dramatic reduction of fossil fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions generated by the Building Sector, as well as building and regional adaptation strategies for projected climactic and environmental changes.
Mr. Mazria has reshaped national and international dialogue on energy and climate change to incorporate building design and the ‘Building Sector’. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, an innovative and flexible research organization focused on this issue. He developed and issued The 2030 Challenge, a measured and achievable strategy to dramatically reduce global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2030. He speaks nationally and internationally and has taught architecture at several universities including the University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, University of Colorado-Denver, and UCLA.
His awards include: AIA Design Awards, Commercial Building Awards from the Department of Energy, “Pioneer Award” from the American Solar Energy Society, Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association, Equinox Award from Earth Alert, National Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation, the inaugural Hanley Award from the Hanley Foundation, Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, and the 2011 Purpose Prize from Civic Ventures. He is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.
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