Advisory Group

COTE Advisory Committee


Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | 2017 Chair
St. Louis

Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA LEED AP BD+C, was 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 served as Firmwide Director of Sustainable Design at HOK for over a decade where she led the implementation of sustainable strategies in all of HOK’s work. Mary Ann recently served as the Resident Fellow on Sustainability and Design for Health at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and authored the AIA’s Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan. Mary Ann now leads a consultancy focused on accelerating shifts in design of the built environment to sustainable and resilient outcomes. Mary Ann is an Adjunct Faculty at Washington University in St. Louis and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Resilient Design Institute.


Angela Brooks, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C | 2018 Chair-elect
Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Los Angeles

Angie Brooks is Co-Principal of Brooks + Scarpa and sees architectural design and building performance as an instrument for the triple bottom line. She has pursued this philosophy through her practice and advocacy with policy organizations, leading to mainstream recognition such as the USA Network 2010 Character Approved Award. Angie was a co-founder and past President of Livable Places, Inc., a non-profit development company dedicated to building sustainable mixed-use housing in Los Angeles on under-utilized parcels of land as a reaction against Southern California’s suburban sprawl. She received the National AIA Young Architects Award in 2009 and her firm has received nineteen National AIA awards, five Top Ten Green Building awards, the State of California and National AIA Architecture Firm Award in 2010 and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture in 2014.


Stephanie Horowitz, AIA, CPHC
ZeroEnergy Design

Stephanie is Managing Director of ZeroEnergy Design (ZED), a green architecture and energy consulting firm specializing in new construction and major renovations. The firm’s commitment to innovative and ecologically sensible design is reflected in their multidisciplinary knowledge base, which spans the fields of architecture, mechanical engineering and finance. ZED is committed to designing homes and buildings that use 50% less energy than building code requires, in pursuit of energy independence. Stephanie is a recipient of the AIA’s Earl R. Flansburgh Young Architects Award and was awarded Boston Home Magazine's Best Green Architect. In addition to her role at ZED, Stephanie has served on the Massachusetts Designer Selection Board and is a founding board member of Passive House Massachusetts. Stephanie is a Certified Passive House Consultant and a Massachusetts Registered Architect.


Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow
Harley Ellis Devereaux
San Diego

Architect and author Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow, oversees design for the San Diego office of The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), the first to study the relationships between sustainability and beauty, won a 2013 New York Book Show award, was a 2014 finalist for "Book of the Year" with the UK's Urban Design Awards, and has been Amazon's #1 bestseller for sustainable design. For nearly four years he wrote the “Ecology” column for Architect magazine, and currently he has a regular series on design with The Huffington Post. Lance is one of only 30 people in the world who are Fellows with both the AIA and the USGBC. “Lance Hosey is on a crusade to revolutionize what it means to be sustainable” (Builder magazine).


Paula McEvoy, FAIA, LEED Fellow | 2016 Chair

As Co-director of Perkins+Will’s firmwide Sustainable Design Initiative (SDI), Paula McEvoy assures that sustainable ideas are an integral part of the firm’s projects and practices. Key aspects of her role include setting corporate vision and goals and then developing a path to meet those commitments. She was instrumental in developing the Perkins+Will Sustainability Strategic Plans, which changed the firm’s operations, outlined a strategic path for transforming the firm into the leading sustainable design firm and set a common language and direction for firmwide education and growth. A Registered Architect and LEED® Fellow, Paula has exemplary, broad-based experience and demonstrates an involved, hands-on attitude in all phases of the design and construction process. Ms. McEvoy is a member of The American Institute of Architects and 2010 President of AIA Atlanta. In addition, she is USGBC LEED Faculty and was 2012 Chair of the Board of USGBC Georgia Chapter.


Jonathan Penndorf, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Perkins + Will

Jonathan Penndorf, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a Senior Associate, Project Manager and the Sustainability Leader for the Washington, DC office of Perkins+Will. Licensed in both DC and Virginia, he brings his sustainable design experience to a wide variety of project types – from portfolio-wide energy management plans to small interior renovations. He has provided sustainability leadership on projects that have achieved LEED certification and is currently engaged in design for net zero energy facilities in the Washington DC area. Jon has been active in local and regional AIA programs for the past several years. He has served the Washington DC Chapter on the board of directors since 2006, and in 2012 assumed the role of President.  In 2014 he served as chair of the AIA Young Architects Forum.  Jon received his Master of Architecture degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and maintains NCARB certification. In 2012 he was honored with the AIA Young Architect Award.


Z Smith AIA, LEED Fellow
New Orleans

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.  He brings training and experience in physics (MIT) and engineering (Princeton) to the field of architecture (UC Berkeley), named as inventor on 10 patents and author on over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. In addition to his service on the AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE) Advisory Group, he teaches at the Tulane School of Architecture, and is Chair Ex Officio of the USGBC Louisiana Chapter.


Tate Walker, AIA, LEED Fellow
OPN Architects
Madison, WI

Tate Walker is the Director of Sustainability at OPN Architects and leads projects and initiatives across the firm’s four offices. His experience is rooted in the architectural design process, but also includes program and project management, and the development of technical guidelines for high performing buildings. He has served many organizations over the course of his career, including cities and universities, AIA’s Committee on the Environment and the USGBC’s Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group. Tate firmly believes that the nexus between architecture and energy provides leadership opportunities for architects as creative problem solvers, particularly for those willing to stretch their practice beyond its traditional boundaries.