Catalyst behind Albuquerque’s 2030 District nabs huge architecture award

Courtesy Albuquerque Business First.

By Damon Scott

December 12, 2014

The man who brought Albuquerque into the national 2030 District spotlight has been honored with a big industry award.

Santa Fe resident Edward Mazria, the founder of Architecture 2030, was recognized with the Edward C. KemperAward by the board of the American Institute of Architects. Mazria is an internationally known architect, planner, author and educator whose research has reshaped the dialogue on how the building sector can reduce its carbon emissions. His 2030 District program engages a city's public and private sector to adopt carbon-emission reduction goals in their respective building sectors.

Albuquerque has emerged recently as a 2030 District, joining an impressive line-up that includes Seattle, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Denver.

The Architecture 2030 organization is headquartered in Santa Fe. Mazria eventually planted roots in the City Different after meeting and joining forces with Urban Land Institute founder and fellow Santa Fean Wayne Nichols. Mazria's New Mexico connection includes graduate studies at theUniversity of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He also previously built a successful architecture practice in the Duke City — focusing on passive solar building design and energy efficiency.

The award honors Edward C. Kemper, a man who served from 1914 to 1948 as executive director of the AIA. This award is given annually to an architect member who has contributed significantly to the profession through service to the AIA.

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