Edward Mazria, FAIA, Hon. FRAIC, 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 inspiration for the 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:
American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Awards
American Planning Association Award
U.S. Department of Energy Awards
American Solar Energy Society, Pioneer Award
NWF National Conservation Achievement Award
Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility Inaugural 2009 Hanley Award
Distinguished Career Award from Pratt Institute
Zia Award from the University of New Mexico
The Purpose Prize
2013 Game Changers Award from Metropolis Magazine
American Institute of Architects, 2015 Kemper Award
World Green Building Council 2015 Chairman’s Award
PLEA 2016 Award
American Solar Energy Society, 2017 Horace Greely Abbott Award
National Council for Science and the Environment, 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, Fellow of the AIA, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and received an Honorary Doctor of Architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology.