Advisory Group

COTE Advisory Group




Paula McEvoy, FAIA, LEED Fellow | 2016 Chair
Atlanta, GA

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.



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

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.







Rand Ekman, AIA, LEED Fellow | Past Chair
HKS Inc.
Chicago, IL

Rand Ekman is Associate Principal and Chief Sustainability Officer at HKS Inc. He has a passion both for projects and for driving broad-based, measurable change in practice. Rand has a bachelors in philosophy and a masters in architecture. (Yes they are related.) Rand was a Chicago magazine Green Award winner and has garnered awards from The Urban Land Institute, Financial Times, and the AIA. Rand was a member of the USGBC Market Advisory Committee.  He was the 2012 President of AIA Chicago, the 2015 Chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment, and has been deeply involved in developing the AIA’s 2030 Commitment reporting protocol and tool, the Design Data Exchange (DDx). An engaging public speaker, he has presented at local, regional and national conferences on sustainable project and practice topics.



Andrea Love, AIA, LEED Fellow
Boston, MA

At Payette Andrea Love in the Director of Building Science where she leads the firm’s sustainability efforts, integrates performance analysis into the design process, and leads internal research projects.  She is a recipient of the AIA 2012 Upjohn Research Grant, where she is currently leading a research project focusing on thermal bridging. She has focused her academic and professional career on sustainable design and improving building performance. She is also a Lecturer at MIT in the Department of Architecture’s Building Technology group where she teaches a class on building envelope performance. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, and on the national USGBC Chapter Steering Committee and Education Steering Committee.



Lance Hosey, FAIA, LEED Fellow
Perkins Eastman
Washington, DC

Architect Lance Hosey is Chief Sustainability Officer with the global design leader Perkins Eastman. Previously, he was the CSO with RTKL and President & CEO of the sustainability nonprofit GreenBlue, and for nearly a decade he served as Director with William McDonough + Partners. His latest book, The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design, the first dedicated to sustainability and beauty, was a finalist for 2014 Book of the Year in the National Urban Design Awards and has been Amazon’s #1 bestseller for sustainable design. Lance has been featured in Metropolis magazine’s “Next Generation” program and Architectural Record’s “emerging architect” series, and he has been a Fellow of the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design and a Resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center. Eco-pioneer John Elkington calls Lance “an inspirational guide to a future we can't wait to embrace,” and Builder magazine says Lance “is on a crusade to revolutionize what it means to be sustainable.”



Z Smith AIA, LEED Fellow
New Orleans, LA

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.


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

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.



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.





Angela Brooks, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
Brooks + Scarpa Architects
Los Angeles, CA

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.


Alison Kwok, PhD, AIA, LEED AP
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

Alison Kwok is a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon. Her research focuses on health, comfort, net zero energy design, and the integration of architecture, engineering and allied fields at the earliest stages of the design process. She is active in mentoring the next generation of students through research, design, and outreach. She is a Certified Passive House Consultant and also a USGBC LEED AP. She is co-author of the Green Studio Handbook and Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings.  Kwok was principal investigator of the Agents of Change project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) which trained faculty in post-occupancy case study investigations and encouraged graduate students to pursue teaching careers.



Stephanie Horowitz, AIA, CPHC
ZeroEnergy Design
Boston, MA

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.