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Vivian Loftness

About Vivian Loftness

Professor at Paul Mellon University, Former head of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University

Design is central to our quality of life. Cool cities with smart surfaces dramatically reduce costs while enhancing health and allowing our cities to thrive despite climate change.
— Vivian Loftness

Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is University Professor, Paul Mellon Chair of Architecture and served a decade as Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. With over 30 years of industry and government funding, she is a key member of Carnegie Mellon’s leadership in sustainability research and education, the author of eight book chapters and editor of the recent Springer Reference Encyclopedia Sustainable Built Environments. She has served on the Board of Directors for the National Academy of Science’s Buildings and Infrastructure Committee, the USGBC, AIACOTE, Phipps Conservatory, and AtSite Inc. In 2013, Vivian 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 UK. In 2014 and 2015, she was honored as a Hanley Award nominee for Vision and Leadership in Sustainability and received the Award of Distinction from AIA Pennsylvania. Vivian Loftness has a Bachelors of Science and a Masters of Architecture from MIT.