Passive Solar Pioneers

We are now accepting awards nominations. The awards banquet will be held October 10, 2017 at ASES SOLAR 2017 at the St. Cajetan’s on the campus of University of Colorado, Denver.


  1. Please complete the following. All fields are required unless otherwise noted. Use as much space as you need to answer the questions. Supporting documentation is encouraged.
  2. Include two or more letters of support for the nominee. Letters should be from individuals acquainted with the nominee’s qualifications as they relate to the award requirements.

Passive Solar Pioneer Award Nomination Form

Please submit this completed form, and send supporting documents and supporting letters by e-mail to no later than June 15, 2017.

Incomplete application packets cannot be selected for an award.

The American Solar Energy Society has established this award for passive solar pioneers. It honors those in the passive field whose work has set the stage for others to follow. Honorees are men and women who developed the theories, research efforts, new concepts, and opportunities for later researchers to expand. Their foresight, innovative thinking, and creativity opened the doors for others.

Nominations are invited for distinguished members of the passive solar field meeting the following requirements:

  1. The nominee must be a true pioneer in the field of passive design. His/her contributions must have been responsible for the creation and development of significant ideas, theories, and concepts in the field. His/her original thinking and research provided the beginning of later theories and development.
  2.  No geographical limitations are imposed, nor must nominees be members of the society.

Previous Passive Pioneer Winners

2016 Jonathan Hammond

2015 Marc Shiler
2014 Mr. Donald Watson
2013 Bruce Brownell
2012 Mark Chalom, Pioneering architect and Edna Shaviv, computer-aided architectural design tool.
2010  Richard Levine, University of Kentucky
2009  Baruch Givoni, UCLA
2008  David Wright, Grass Valley, California
2007  Harvey Bryan, Arizona State University
2006  Malcolm Wells, Brewster, Massachusetts
2005  Steven Paul Badanes, University of Washington
2004  David A. Bainbridge, Alliant International University
2003  Ralph Lewis Knowles, University of Southern California
2002  Donald Prowler, Donald Prowler & Associates
2001  Murray Milne, University of CA, LA
2000  Pliny Fisk III, Ctr Max Potential Building Systems
1999  Robert Keller, Kalwall Corporation
1998  Bill and Susan Yanda, New Mexico
1997  John Reynolds, University of Oregon
1996  Ken Haggard and Polly Cooper, San Luis Obispo Solar Group, California
1995  Anne Dunning, SOLARCON, Santa Fe, New Mexico
1994  Edward Mazria, Albuquerque, New Mexico
1993  Phil Niles, CalPoly University at San Luis Obispo
1991  Native Americans
1990  Bruce Anderson, Earth Day, USA
1989  Steve Baer, Zomeworks Corp.
1988  Norman B. Saunders, Weston, Massachusetts
1987  John I. Yellott, Arizona State University
1986  Harold Hay, California
1985  Jeffrey Cook, Arizona State University
1984  J. Douglas Balcomb, Los Alamos National Laboratory
1983  Peter Van Dresser, New Mexico
1982  Wendell Thomas, Celo, North Carolina
1981  Loren Neubauer, Davis, California
1980  Albert Dietz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1979  George and Fred Keck

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