Lance Hosey

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Lance Hosey is an American architect, known as a thought leader in sustainable design. For a decade, Hosey was a design director with "green pioneer" William McDonough and also has been the first Chief Sustainability Officer with the international architecture firms RTKL Associates[1] and Perkins Eastman.[2]

Earlier in his career, Hosey worked as a designer with Rafael Viñoly[3] and with Charles Gwathmey[4] in New York. He also has served as President & CEO with the sustainability research institute GreenBlue,[5] founded by McDonough and Michael Braungart and named one of "10 Green NGOs Business Should Know About."[6]

Hosey was born and raised in Houston, TX, where he studied jazz saxophone[7] at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and he holds degrees in architecture from Columbia University and Yale University. Hosey has been featured in the “Next Generation” program of Metropolis (architecture magazine)[8] and Architectural Record'’s “emerging architect” series,[9] and he has been a Fellow of the Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design[10] and a Resident of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.[11] In 2014, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, which recognizes "architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society."[12] In 2015, the US Green Building Council / Green Building Certification Institute named him a LEED Fellow, the "most prestigious designation" for a green building professional.[13] As of 2016, he is one of only 30 people who have received both honors.[14]

Hosey has written for the New York Times,[15] the Washington Post,[16] and Fast Company,[17] and he has a regular series in the Huffington Post[18] and a past column with Architect magazine (2007-2010).[19] His books include The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design (Island Press, 2012), the first book to study the relationships between beauty and sustainability;[20] Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design (Ecotone, 2007) (co-authored with Kira Gould), the first book in the design industry dedicated to sustainability, diversity, and innovation;[21] and Green Homes: New Ideas for Sustainable Living (HarperCollins, 2007), for which he wrote the introduction, “The Ecology of Home.”[22] Some of Hosey's writings on design for social equity, including "The Ethics of Brick" and "Toward a Humane Environment: Sustainable Design and Social Justice", are widely cited sources on the topic. In 2018, he won the Sarah Booth Conroy Prize for Journalism and Architectural Criticism from the American Institute of Architects.[23]

Hosey is a frequent public speaker, having given keynotes at TED,[24] the Idea Festival,[25] SXSW Eco,[26] and many other events.


  1. ^ "Hosey Joins RTKL as Chief Sustainability Officer and SVP," Contract Magazine
  2. ^ "Lance Hosey FAIA Joins Washington, DC, Office of Perkins Eastman as Firm's First Chief Sustainability Officer," WSPA
  3. ^ Viñoly, Rafael (2002-01-01). Rafael Vinoly. Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 9783764366162. 
  4. ^ Collins, Brad (2003-01-01). Gwathmey Siegel: Buildings and Projects, 1992-2002. Random House Incorporated. ISBN 9780847825295. 
  5. ^ "Lance Hosey Named GreenBlue President and CEO – Press Releases on". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  6. ^ Herrera, Tilde. "10 Green NGOs Businesses Should Know About". GreenBiz. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  7. ^ HSPVA, "Morning Glory," 1984."This Bass was Made for Walkin'". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  8. ^ Metropolis magazine
  9. ^ Architectural Record
  10. ^ Michael Kalil Endowment for Smart Design Archived 19 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ "Lance Hosey". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  12. ^ "2014 FAIA Announcement". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "2015 Class of LEED Fellows Announced | U.S. Green Building Council". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  14. ^ USGBC, "Leading in design and function: Fellows of AIA and LEED Fellows," September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  15. ^ "Why We Love Beautiful Things," New York Times, February 15, 2013
  16. ^ "More Constructive Ways To Build a City," Washington Post, January 9, 2005
  17. ^ Fast Company, author list
  18. ^ Huffington Post, author list
  19. ^ "Projects - Sustainability - Eco - Architect Magazine". Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  20. ^ Hosey, Lance (2012-06-11). "The Shape of Green: Aesthetics, Ecology, and Design". ISBN 9781610912143. 
  21. ^ "For a Crash Course in Sustainable Business, What Are the "Must Read" Books?". Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  22. ^ Green Homes. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  23. ^ Goldchain, Michelle (21 February 2018). "Architect, author Lance Hosey wins architectural journalism prize". Curbed. Retrieved 1 March 2018. 
  24. ^ TEDCity2.0, September, 2013
  25. ^ "Idea Festival, 2013". Archived from the original on 19 October 2014. 
  26. ^ "SXSW Eco keynote". Archived from the original on 2 February 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2016.