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John Quale

  • AP-BDC Certified
  • AP-Homes Certified
Albuquerque, NM

John Quale is running for the Educator (Post-Secondary) seat on the 2016 USGBC Advisory Council. Learn more

John Quale, LEED-AP BD+C, is Director and Professor of Architecture at the
University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning. His expertise is
in sustainable design, affordable housing, prefabrication, and the
environmental impact of construction.

From 2000 to 2014, he was on the faculty of the University of Virginia School
of Architecture, most recently serving as the Director of the Graduate
Architecture program. Prior to that, he spent seven years in New York City
working for notable firms, including four years as a project manager for
Architecture Research Office (ARO). He also worked for Richard Meier &
Partners, and briefly for William McDonough & Partners.

He is Founder and Director of the ecoMOD / ecoREMOD project
(, an interdisciplinary effort to design, build and
evaluate sustainable housing units for affordable housing organizations.
Since 2004, interdisciplinary teams of students have created eight
prefabricated housing units for affordable housing organizations. ecoMOD's
sister project, ecoREMOD, has helped renovate or add to 11 existing housing
units for low-income residents. Of the 19 ecoMOD and ecoREMOD projects, three
have achieved the US Green Building Council’s LEED Platinum rating and two
have achieved Passive House standard.

Quale was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo and the Thomas
Jefferson Fellow at Cambridge University Downing College. He is the author of
Sustainable, Affordable, Prefab: the ecoMOD Project. He is co-author and
co-editor (with Ryan Smith) of OFFSITE: Constructing a Post-Industrial
Future, forthcoming from Routledge in 2016. In 2004, he authored Trojan Goat:
A Self-Sufficient House, about his leadership of the 2002 UVA Solar Decathlon
Team a national design/build house competition sponsored by the U.S.
Department of Energy. His work and / or teaching has been featured on CNN,
Marketplace (American Public Media), HGTV, DIY Network and in various
publications including Architect Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Architectural
Record, Dwell, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

He has received numerous awards, including the 2013 Architect Magazine R+D
Award, the AIA Education Honor Award, the NCARB Grand Prize, the USGBC
Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Award, and finalist status for the UN
World Habitat Award. In 2010, he was the University of Virginia nominee for
Carnegie / CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award. Other awards include: the
UVA Alumni Association Teaching Award, the ACSA Creative Achievement Award
and the ACSA / AIA Housing Design Education Award.

Quale is in the higher education seat on the U.S. Green Building Council’s
Board of Directors. He has also served on the UVA School of Architecture
Foundation Board of Directors, the SEED Advisory Board, and the Virginia
Sustainable Building Network Board of Directors.

He has given a keynote or invited public lectures at various U.S. and
international venues, including the National Building Museum, the Urban
Center, and universities including Cambridge, Oxford, the Architectural
Association, Oxford Brookes, Sheffield, Tokyo, Princeton, Cornell, Michigan
and several others.

He has served on the jury for the Masdar Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, and twice
on the AIA-COTE Top Ten Green Buildings Award.