Meet the Initiator: Edward Mazria

Meet the initiator Edward Mazria

“With 80% of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to the built environment, addressing climate change is the architecture, planning, and design community’s most urgent and far-reaching challenge.”

Edward Mazria, founder of Architecture 2030, is an internationally recognized architect, author, educator and visionary with a long and distinguished career. His award-winning architecture and planning projects span a thirty-five year period, each employing a cutting-edge environmental design approach. He is the author of numerous published works, including the ‘bible’ of solar design, The Passive Solar Energy Book. Mr. Mazria’s research has reshaped the international dialogue on climate change to incorporate the Building Sector. With his colleagues he developed the INNOVATION2030 Student Design Studio Competition; 2030 Challenge; Roadmap to Zero Emissions; China Accord; 2030 Palette; 2030 Districts; Zero Cities; and the recently released ZERO Code among many other groundbreaking initiatives.


Mr. Mazria’s awards include:
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA) Design Awards
  • American Planning Association Award
  • American Solar Energy Society Pioneer Award
  • Equinox Award
  • NWF National Conservation Achievement Award
  • Mumford Award from Architects/Designers/Planners for Social
  • Responsibility
  • Inaugural 2009 Hanley Award
  • The 2011 Purpose Prize
  • Game Changers Award from Metropolis Magazine
  • American Institute of Architects 2015 Kemper Award
  • World Green Building Council 2015 Chairman’s Award
  • 2016 PLEA Award
  • American Solar Energy Society Horace Greely Abbott Award 2017
  • National Council for Science and the Environment, 2018 Lifetime
  • Achievement Award