Santa Fe, N.M., architect and champion of building energy efficiency Edward Mazria, AIA was named the inaugural winner of The Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing. Mazria was selected from among 18 distinguished nominees by a panel of judges comprised of 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, principal of Hays + Ewing Design Studio; and Sarah Susanka, FAIA, principal of Susanka Studios.

Mazria will receive the award and its $50,000 grant at the USGBC Hanley Award Dinner Nov. 12 during the USGBC’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Phoenix.

Mazria’s career and contributions span more than 35 years. From his early award-winning architectural work in the 1970s laying the foundation for siting, energy efficiency, and passive solar design to his groundbreaking The Passive Solar Energy Book published in 1979, the concepts, details, and principles developed by Mazria are unmistakable in today’s modern high-performance homes.

  • Portrait of Edward Mazria, architect and proponent of the 2030 Initiative, taken at his Santa Fe, New Mexico home on January 7, 2007. USAGE: Unlimited usage for Architecture 2030. ©2007 Jamey Stillings, All Rights Reserved.

    Credit: Jamey Stillings

    Portrait of Edward Mazria, architect and proponent of the 2030 Initiative, taken at his Santa Fe, New Mexico home on January 7, 2007. USAGE: Unlimited usage for Architecture 2030. ©2007 Jamey Stillings, All Rights Reserved.
Throughout his career, he’s never lost sight of his mission to improve the environmental performance of new and existing buildings through increased environmental awareness and innovation. It is this crucial concern and critical need that motivated Mazria to form Architecture 2030 (www.architecture2030.org), a non-profit environmental research and education organization based in Santa Fe that is now his full-time focus. The organization gets its name from its goal—leading the building sector to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2030—and Mazria has laid out a timeline for measuring progress that has been adopted within a range of federal and state legislations, and among industry and environmental circles.

“Edward Mazria has had a powerful impact on sustainable housing for more than 35 years,” says Michael J. Hanley, creator of The Hanley Award. “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.”

The Hanley Award is sponsored by The Hanley Foundation, EcoHome magazine, and Hanley Wood, LLC. To learn more about the award program, visit www.ecohomemagazine.com. To learn more about the 2009 Residential Summit at Greenbuild and to register for the event, visit www.greenbuildexpo.org. —Rick Schwolsky