Edward Mazria, AIA, has been named the winner of the first annual Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. The Santa Fe, N.M.-based architect and crusader for carbon-neutral buildings was chosen from among 18 distinguished nominees and will receive the award and its $50,000 grant at the U.S. Green Building Council Hanley Award Dinner ceremony on Nov. 12, 2009, during the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix.

The awards judging panel comprised Michael J. Hanley, president of The Hanley Foundation; Frank Anton, CEO of Hanley Wood; Steven Winter, FAIA, president of Steven Winter Associates; Allison Ewing, AIA, LEED AP, principal of Hays + Ewing Design Studio; and Sarah Susanka, FAIA, principal of Susanka Studios.

Mazria's efforts to advance sustainability in the design and building industries span his entire career, beginning with his early architectural work in the 1970s, his groundbreaking 1979 title, The Passive Solar Energy Book (Rodale Press), and his teaching stints at many universities, and continuing through his founding in 2002 of the nonprofit environmental research and education organization Architecture 2030.

Mazria's research through Architecture 2030 has been the catalyst for a greater understanding among architects, builders, and state and federal legislators of the United States building sector's energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and overall role in climate change. The organization's name comes from its stated goal: leading the building sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by the year 2030. The organization's "2030 Challenge" calls on the architecture and building community to reduce building energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions to achieve carbon-neutral building operations by 2030 through a timeline of action targets, which have been adopted by several federal and state legislations, as well as industry and environmental organizations.

Mazria currently is focusing on developing solutions for buildings to transition from their role as major contributors to climate change to playing a key role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. In recent months, Architecture 2030 has released national, state, and local plans for leveraging the 2009 federal stimulus act to jump-start private spending on home and building improvements and create jobs, as well as for implementing mortgage buydown programs that require energy-efficient renovations or new construction.

"Edward Mazria has had a powerful impact on sustainable housing for more than 35 years," says Michael J. Hanley, president of The Hanley Foundation and creator of The Hanley Awards. "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."

For more on Edward Mazria, read ARCHITECTURAL LIGHTING's June 2007 profile and residential architect's June 2008 story on architects' efforts to combat climate change.