Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, is a founder of the sustainable design
initiative at HOK, a global design firm whose pioneering green
leadership has helped propel sustainability from a fringe activity to a
significant mainstream movement shaping the future of architecture. She
is currently on leave from HOK to serve as the Resident Fellow for AIA
National on Sustainability and Design for Health. She is also on the
Advisory Board of the Resilient Design Institute.
career has focused on accelerating the profession’s ability to create
significant green buildings and communities in every building type and
region. Her devotion to sustainability has extended outside her firm
through her role as an author, lecturer, community advocate and
volunteer at the local and national level. Lazarus served as Program
Commitee Chair for Greenbuild for 5 years. During that time, she also
helped lead the USGBC response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that
resulted in the publication of The New Orleans Principles.
2008, Lazarus led the formation of HOK’s alliance with the Biomimicry
Guild to integrate nature’s innovations in the planning and design of
buildings, sites, and cities worldwide. This partnership is beginning to
define a new sustainable standard for the architectural profession.
Most recently, Lazarus directed a yearlong research effort and rigorous
design exercise to establish a new prototype for affordable zero carbon
emissions office buildings.