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120 | Beyond Green Design

Mary Ann Lazarus is an American architect and longtime leader in the field of sustainable design. She currently works as the Principal Consultant at the Cameron MacAllister Group and has had a career of early-adoption and leadership in green building & design.

120 | Beyond Green Design

In the early 2000’s, Lazarus founded the sustainable design initiative at the global firm Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum. There, she also served as the director of sustainable design, integrating forward-thinking sustainability criteria into basic practice.

She has also been active with both the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council: at the AIA she led the development of the renowned Guide to the International Green Construction Code and has previously served as their Sustainability Resident Fellow. With the USGBC, Lazarus helped develop “The New Orleans Principles” The assembled ideas spun off into the Resilient Design Institute and the development of three Resilient Design Pilot credits.

She is the author or co-author of multiple books, guidelines and protocols on green and resilient design, including the highly influential The HOK Guidebook to Sustainable Design. She is also an adjunct faculty and sustainability program coordinator at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

We were fortunate enough to catch up with Lazarus on our podcast Social Design Insights, where we discussed the origins of green policy and how designers can get involved. Have a listen at the link above.


Our opening theme music for 2019 is "Bang Bang" and our closing theme is "Salvame" both by Eljuri from her album "La Lucha." The break music for this episode is "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" by Duke Ellington & His Kentucky Club Orchestra from the album "Early Ellington: The Complete Brunswick and Vocalion Recordings, 1926-1931."