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S. Richard Fedrizzi, Hon. AIA | Notes of Interest


As President, CEO, and Founding Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Rick Fedrizzi has been a champion of the green-building movement. Since its founding in 1993 and with Fedrizzi at the helm, the USGBC has partnered with the architecture community to enable environmental and social responsibility through building and community design, construction, and operation.

A gifted strategist and communicator, for the past 20 years Fedrizzi has helped create a common grammar for green building. It is generally accepted that the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green-building rating system has been a catalyst for the green-building movement. The cornerstone of Fedrizzi’s efforts at USGBC, LEED has grown exponentially since its launch in 2000. Today more than 55,000 commercial projects and nearly 120,000 residential units around the world participate in LEED, with 1.5 million square feet of building space earning LEED certification every day. A testament to the importance of this system to architecture, more architects than members of any other profession are represented among the 200,000 LEED Professional credential holders. In fact, architecture firms make up 26 percent – the majority – of USGBC’s membership.

In addition to developing a rating system and a program to educate and certify accredited professionals, Fedrizzi has been instrumental in articulating a business case and creating a market for green building; his efforts have extended beyond the U.S. through the World Green Building Council, an international organization he helped establish and currently serves as board member. Also, coming from a product-manufacturing background, he has focused on influencing the supply chain for products that meet sustainability needs.

Under Fedrizzi’s leadership the USGBC has undertaken many more initiatives aimed at securing a healthy future for upcoming generations. Among them, the Center for Green Schools at USGBC has focused on the development of programs and policies to create more sustainable schools. And in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, in January 2010, Fedrizzi proposed the creation of the first LEED-certified orphanage in that country. The AIA and USGBC joined forces to support a sustainable-architecture fellow from Architecture for Humanity to serve on-site, and U.S. architectural firm HOK volunteered to provide pro bono design work intended to achieve LEED Platinum.

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S. Richard Fedrizzi, Hon. AIA

Location: Washington, DC

2014 AIA Honorary Membership Jury

  • Charles Schreckenberger, AIA, Chair
  • Braun & Steidl Architects Inc.
  • Akron
  • Torrey Stanley Carlton, Hon. AIA
  • AIA San Antonio
  • San Antonio
  • Eric R. Hoffman, AIA
  • Washington University in Saint Louis
  • St. Louis

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