Mara Baum AIA, LEED Fellow, EDAC, WELL AP, is a Vice President and Sustainable Design Leader with HOK, where she co-leads HOK’s global health and wellness practice. Based in San Francisco, Mara also provides strategic leadership for sustainable design and consulting across HOK’s Healthcare practice. She brings nearly two decades of experience in architecture, building science, urban planning, research, teaching and green building certification. A thought leader in design for health and healthcare, she focuses on the intersection between environmental sustainability and human health and wellbeing. Mara is also a WELL Faculty member, and is online faculty of the Sustainable Design Institute at Boston Architectural College, where she currently teaches “Green Building and Health” and “Sustainable Design of Healthcare Facilities”. She holds a Master of Architecture and Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of California Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
A longtime volunteer with USGBC, she is currently on the LEED Advisory Committee and LEED Fellow Review Committee. She previously served on the national Research Committee and Regional Priority Credit Working Group, and has held volunteer positions in both the Northern California and the Missouri Gateway Chapters. She's authored and co-authored numerous white papers, including the “Advanced Energy Design Guide for Large Hospitals: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net Zero Energy Building”, the USGBC's “Green Building Research Funding: An Assessment of Current Activity in the United States” and the USGBC’s “A National Green Building Research Agenda”.
A LEED Accredited Professional since 2001 and a LEED Fellow since 2013, Mara’s dozens of LEED and Green Guide for Healthcare projects cover tens of millions of square feet.