John Quale | U.S. Green Building Council
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John Quale

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

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.

He was a member of the USGBC Board of Directors from 2012 to 2015, and currently serves on the Board's Governance Committee. 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.

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. 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.

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.