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Z Smith

PhD, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, Living Building Ambassador, Fitwel Ambassador

Principal | Director of Sustainability & Building Performance




Z Smith is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple, winner of the 2014 AIA Firm Award. His built work includes academic, laboratory and residential buildings earning LEED Gold and Platinum certification, and winners of the RAIC Green Building Award and the AIA COTE Top Ten. He brings training and experience in physics (MIT) and engineering (Princeton) to the field of architecture (UC Berkeley), and is named as inventor on 10 patents and author on over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He serves as the North American representative to the UIA Sustainable Development Commission. From 2011-2018 he has taught at the Tulane School of Architecture, and has served on the national Advisory Group of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), is former Chair of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Louisiana Chapter, and served on the USGBC Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. He is a member of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). He served as Chair of the 2017 SCUP Southern Regional Conference.