Architect and champion of building energy efficiency Edward Mazria, AIA, has been named this year’s winner of The first Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing.

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Mazria, of Santa Fe, N.M., was selected from among 18 distinguished nominees by a panel of judges that comprised Michael J. Hanley, president of The Hanley Foundation; Frank Anton, CEO of Hanley Wood (publisher of BUILDER); Steven Winter, FAIA, president of Steven Winter Associates; Allison Ewing, AIA, principal of Hays + Ewing Design Studio; and Sarah Susanka, FAIA, principal of Susanka Studios. Mazria will receive the award and its $50,000 grant at the USGBC Hanley Award Dinner ceremony Nov. 12 during the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix.

The judges had their work cut out for them as all 18 of the nominees submitted for the award by the Hanley Award nominating committee have made significant contributions to advancing sustainability in the industry--whether through the homes they’ve designed and built, their work in research and development, or their efforts to share information through writings and educational outreach.

Mazria’s career and contributions span all of these. From his early award-winning architectural work in the 1970s laying the foundation for siting, energy efficiency, and passive solar design to his groundbreaking The Passive Solar Energy Book published in 1979, the concepts, details, and principles developed by Mazria are unmistakable in today’s modern high-performance homes.

Over the years, Mazria’s architectural work has attracted international attention and his outreach has grown as well. He’s taught architecture at a number of institutions, including the University of New Mexico, the University of Colorado, UCLA, and the University of Oregon.

Throughout his career, he’s never lost sight of his decades-long mission to improve the environmental performance of our buildings through increased environmental awareness and innovations in design and construction.

It is this crucial concern and critical need that motivated Mazria to suspend his architectural practice in 2002 and form Architecture 2030, a non-profit environmental research and education organization based in Santa Fe. Mazria’s research through Architecture 2030 is responsible for placing the building sector at the center of the global warming dialogue. Having shown conclusively that buildings are responsible for half of all U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, Mazria now focuses on providing well-researched solutions wherein buildings move from being a major contributor to climate change to being a key means to addressing climate change and limiting its impacts.

The organization gets its name from its goal--leading the building sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2030--and Mazria has laid out a timeline for measuring progress that has been adopted within a wide range of federal and state legislations, and among industry and environmental circles as well.

“Edward Mazria has had a powerful impact on sustainable housing for more than 35 years,” said Michael J. Hanley, president of The Hanley Foundation and creator of The Hanley Award. “He has influenced innovative advances in design and technology through his creative architecture, energetic teaching, and groundbreaking writing. And his current mission with Architecture 2030 brings his vision and leadership to a new level. We are thrilled to name Edward Mazria as the first recipient of The Hanley Award.”

The Hanley Award is sponsored by The Hanley Foundation, EcoHome magazine, and Hanley Wood. To learn more about the award program and the people involved, go to To learn more about the 2009 Residential Summit at Greenbuild and to register for the event, go to

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