Advisory Group

The AIA COTE Advisory Group

The AIA/COTE Advisory Group (known as the AG) is a group (at least five or as many as 12) of AIA member representing different constituencies (firm sizes, regions, etc.). They serve a term of three years on the AG, unless they are elected chair, which adds one year as “past chair” to the tenure. The group works on several task areas, including awards, advocacy, communications, and research. (Each group has additional member volunteers as well.) The AG meets twice a year in person (early spring and fall).

Each year there is a call for applicants, who can be nominated by others or themselves (often by current AG members, with an eye toward filling the slate to reflect membership and AG priorities). These names go through a careful discussion and voting process by the current AG, looking across many variables (each individual’s expertise, interests, firm size, geographic region, etc.), to come up with a final selection of three or four potential candidates who then are confirmed by conversation before finalizing. AG members are then officially appointed by the AIA President.

The chair of the AG serves one calendar year and is selected by the AG members (through a dynamic governance process). Typically the chair is chosen from those who have already served one year on the AG.  

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2017 Members

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 Harley Ellis Devereaux and chairs the firm’s nationwide Design Excellence program. Previously he has been a design director with William McDonough + Partners and Chief Sustainability Officer with two of the world’s largest design firms. His design work has been featured in Architect, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Progressive Architecture, Architecture, and many other publications. He was a runner-up for the Metropolis Next Generation Design Prize and has been featured in Architectural Record’s “emerging architect” series. Lance’s latest book, 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).


Varun Kohli, AIA, LEED AP
New York

Varun Kohli is a sustainable design leader based in HOK’s New York office and a member of the firm’s Technical Board. He leads sustainable design and management efforts for regional and global projects. With over 18 years of experience, Varun has been a strong proponent of leveraging an integrated design process and environmental analytics to create smarter design solutions. Prior to joining HOK, he founded Merge Studio, a design studio fundamentally grounded on principles of environmentally responsive design. In 2010, Varun was honored with a Professional Achievement Award by the Society of Indo-American Engineers and Architects. He has taught courses at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and frequently speaks at academic and industry events. Varun currently serves on the Programs Committee of the Urban Green Council (New York) and the Advisory Group for Architect and Interiors India magazine.


Marsha Maytum, FAIA, LEED AP
Leddy Maytum Stacy
San Francisco

Marsha Maytum FAIA, LEED AP, is a founding Principal at Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects (LMSA) in San Francisco. For over 30 years Marsha has focused her career on community, cultural, and socially-responsible projects that promote sustainable design. Her work has included the creation of new buildings, rehabilitation of historic buildings, and adaptive reuse of existing structures. LMSA has received over 100 regional, national and international design awards and has been recognized by organizations including the American Institute of Architects, Urban Land Institute, National Trust for Historic Preservation, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Green Building Council, and the 2014 ICC National Leadership in Sustainability Award. Eight of the firm’s projects have been named AIA COTE Top Ten Green Projects in the U.S. LMSA recently received the 2017 National AIA Architecture Firm Award. Marsha is a frequently invited juror and critic and has lectured nationally on the topics of sustainable design and adaptive reuse. She has been the Pietro Belluschi Visiting Professor at the University of Oregon, the Howard A. Friedman Visiting Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting professor at the California College of the Arts.


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, FAIA, 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.


Anne Schopf, FAIA
Mahlum Architects

Anne Schopf FAIA is Design Partner at Mahlum Architects, a 78-year-old architectural firm with offices in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Under her leadership, Mahlum received the 2014 Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects Northwest and Pacific Region (AIA NWPR). Mahlum is respected for its thoughtful, community-oriented work serving educational, healthcare, and private clients. In addition, Anne was the 2013 recipient of the AIA NWPR Medal of Honor, recognizing excellence in design, the practice of architecture, architectural education, and service to the profession; and two of her projects at Mahlum have been recognized with AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top Ten Green Projects Awards. Since 2007, Anne has been actively involved with the AIA’s Committee on Design (COD) and AIA Seattle.


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.