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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 the Director of the Graduate Architecture program at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. He is an expert in sustainable design, prefabrication, the environmental impact of construction, and collaborative and integrated design. He initiated and serves as Director of the ecoMOD / ecoREMOD project (, an interdisciplinary effort to design, build and evaluate sustainable housing units for affordable housing organizations.

John Quale 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 and Perkins & Will.

At UVA, he initiated and served as Director of the ecoMOD project. Since 2004, interdisciplinary teams of students have designed, built and evaluated eight prefabricated housing units for affordable housing organizations. In ecoREMOD, the sister project to ecoMOD, teams have 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 also 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 currently serving in the higher education seat on the U.S. Green Building Council’s Board of Directors. He has also served on the University of Virginia School of Architecture Foundation Board of Directors, the SEED Advisory Board, the Albemarle County Architectural Review 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 the AIA-COTE Top Ten Green Projects Award.