Edward Mazria, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC
Founder and CEO
Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect, author, researcher, and educator. Over the past decade, his seminal research into the sustainability, resilience, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions of the built environment has redefined the role of architecture, planning, design, and building, in reshaping our world. He is the founder of Architecture 2030, a think tank developing real-world solutions for 21st century problems, and host of the AIA+2030 Professional Education Series and 2030 Districts movement in North American cities.
Mazria issued the 2030 Challenge and introduced the 2030 Palette, a revolutionary new platform that puts the principles behind low-carbon/zero carbon and resilient built environments at the fingertips of architects, planners, and designers worldwide. In 2014 he presented the Roadmap to Zero Emissions at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change calling for zero emissions in the built environment by 2050, and drafted the 2050 Imperative, endorsed by professional organizations representing over 1.3 million architects in 124 countries worldwide. In 2015 he launched the China Accord, which has been adopted by key international firms pledging to plan, design and build to carbon neutral standards in China; and delivered the opening presentation at the UNFCCC COP21 “Buildings Day” titled The 2 Degree Path for the Building Sector.
Recently, he developed Achieving Zero, a framework of incremental actions that cities and governments can put in place to ensure carbon neutral built environments by mid-century, and the Zero Cities Project (with the Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, Urban Sustainability Directors Network, New Buildings Institute, and Resource Media) to implement the framework.
Mazria speaks nationally and internationally on the subject of architecture, design, energy, economics, and climate change and has taught at several universities, including the University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, UCLA, and the University of Colorado-Denver.
Mr. Mazria’s awards include AIA Design Awards, American Planning Association Award, Department of Energy Awards, American Solar Energy Society Pioneer Award, Equinox Award, National Conservation Achievement Award, Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, inaugural Hanley Award, Distinguished Career Award from Pratt Institute, Zia Award from the University of New Mexico, Game Changers Award from Metropolis Magazine, 2011 Purpose Prize, and the 2015 Kemper Award from the American Institute of Architects. He is a senior fellow of the Design Futures Council, Honorary Fellow of the RAIC, and received an Honorary Doctor of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Harmon Lisnow, Board Chairman
Harmon Lisnow has extensive experience in business, non-profit work, crisis and campaign management and is an excellent resource for strategic thinking and planning. Mr. Lisnow served in the Peace Corps in Liberia and has maintained an interest in this West African nation. Working with the ALF-CIO and the United Steelworkers (USW) he has trained Liberian labor leadership. In addition to this he has worked to establish both for-profit and a non-profit corporations in Liberia to create models of successful small business and a trained workforce of entrepreneurs.
These Liberian models were based on Mr. Lisnow’s work with the Mexican American community in Texas. As Executive Director of the Mexican American Council for Economic Progress (MACEP) and the Mexican American Development Corporation (MADCO) he was tasked with providing educational, training and business opportunities for Mexican Americans. While in Texas, Mr. Lisnow also served as the Chief Administrator for two major state agencies: the State Comptroller and the State Attorney General, and was the Executive Director of Texas Veteran’s Land Board.
For 10 years Mr. Lisnow served as the Executive Director of the Institute for Career Development (ICD), a non-profit education, training and research corporation serving the Steelworkers (USW) and the steel, tire and rubber industries. ICD worked with 13 corporations and the USW, with approximately 70 training centers throughout the United States.
Ben Cardinale, Board Member
Ben Cardinale’s wealth of business experience makes him a valuable addition to our board. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1965 majoring in accounting. He went on to become a Certified Public Accountant and established his own accounting practice specializing in the home construction field. He became so enamored with the building industry that he sold his CPA practice and started his own general contracting firm, building spec homes at first which later grew into remodeling for the general public. After a successful career in the building industry he received an offer he couldn’t refuse. He put down his hammer to become a TV writer. Now that is a career change! He had a wonderful 20 year writing career working for Paramount Studios and Dreamworks on such acclaimed shows as Family Ties, Brooklyn Bridge, and Champs. Currently Ben is still writing focusing on movies and commercials that deal with the serious subject of cleaning up the environment.
Leonor Missrie, Board Member
Leonor Missrie, born in Mexico, is an architect and internationally acclaimed artist living and working in Mexico City. Early in her career she worked for architectural firms before striking out on her own. She has worked primarily on residential and commercial building design in Mexico City. She has also collaborated with architects on various projects, her latest being coordinating the design and construction of the Capella Ixtapa hotel at Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Mexico.
Ms. Missrie founded and directed etching workshops in Mexico and has supported other artists by teaching etching, painting and drawing. She, has participated in many individual and collective exhibitions both nationally and internationally and her artworks have won numerous awards, been published in books, graced book covers and hang in museums. Presently, Ms. Missrie is focusing her architectural work on the built environment, energy and climate change, and her artwork on sculpture.
Lynette Montoya, Board Member
Lynette Montoya has been actively involved in the building and business sectors on the local and national levels for more than 20 years. Ms. Montoya began her career as Marketing Director for an architectural firm. She was the founder of the Santa Fe Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and served as its Executive Director. She has also held the position of Director of Economic Development for the City of Santa Fe and was instrumental in the city’s adoption of the 2030 Challenge. Working with HUD, Ms. Montoya facilitated a partnership among HUD, the Enterprise Foundation, Rural Community Assistance Corporation and The Housing Assistance Council to provide affordable housing services to the citizens of New Mexico. As President of Global Hotel for 12 years, Ms. Montoya worked with clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. Her volunteer work includes co-chairmanship of the Buckaroo Ball,which raises and distributes funds to non-profits serving Santa Fe’s youth.