Vivian Loftness, FAIA, is an internationally renowned researcher,
author and educator focused on environmental design and sustainability,
climate and regionalism in architecture, and the integration of advanced
building systems for health and productivity. In addition to eight
book chapters and over 35 journal articles, she edited the Reference
Encyclopedia Sustainable Built Environments, released by Springer
Publishing in 2013.
Loftness is one of 35 University Professors at
Carnegie Mellon University and served a decade as Head of the School of
Architecture. With over 30 years of industry and government research
funding, she is a key member of Carnegie Mellon’s leadership in
sustainability research and education, and a key contributor to the
ongoing development of the Intelligent Workplace—a living laboratory of commercial building innovations for performance.
serves on the Board of Directors of the Green Building Alliance, Phipps
Conservatory and the Ellis School, and served on the Board of Directors
of the USGBC and AIA COTE. She has served on eight National Academy of
Science panels as well as being a member of the Academy’s Board on
Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment, and given three
Congressional testimonies on sustainable design. Her work has influenced
national policy and building projects, including the Adaptable
Workplace Lab at the U.S. General Services Administration and the
Laboratory for Cognition at Electricity de France.
Loftness was recognized as a LEED Fellow, Senior Fellow of the Design
Futures Council, and one of 13 Stars of Building Science by the Building
Research Establishment in the U.K. She received the 2002 National
Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture
Students and a 2003 “Sacred Tree” Award from the US Green Building
Council. Loftness has a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of
Architecture from MIT.