Richard Graves Named New Director of Center for Sustainable Building Research


Richard Graves, AIA, LEED BD+C, was announced today as the Director of the Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR), in the College of Design, at the University of Minnesota.  Graves takes over the role previously held by John Carmody, founding director, who retired at the end of last year.  Graves will also hold the title of Associate Professor in the School of Architecture.  He officially assumed both new roles this week.  

"I am very excited and honored to direct the Center for Sustainable Building Research at the University of Minnesota," said Graves.  "Minnesota has earned a reputation as a North American leader in progressive environmental practice and policies. The potential for the Center for Sustainable Building Research to identify and promote education, research, design and projects is tremendous. We will create viable pathways capable of transforming the built environment in the state and region to be a powerful model of regenerative design and development for deep sustainability on a global stage."

Graves was most recently the Executive Director of the International Living Future Institute where he directed programs including: the Living Building Challenge, the Living Community Challenge, and the Declare product label. Before joining the Institute, Graves was the Senior Vice President for Community and Education with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) from 2010 to 2012, directing programs for its national and international members.  As a volunteer with the USGBC, he served on its National Board from 2006 to 2010.  Richard is a registered architect and has worked on ecologically sustainable building and planning projects around the world.

"CSBR has a proud history of advancing seminal research on sustainable design issues," said Associate Dean for Research, Professor Renee Cheng.  "With Richard's leadership, expertise in the economics of sustainability, and international network, we look forward to seeing CSBR expand and advance its footing in the larger sustainable community - including the classroom."

CSBR works "to transform the built environment in ways that provide for the ecological, economic, and social needs of the present without compromising those of the future."  Through education, research and demonstration projects, CSBR's five areas of focus - each directly linked to each other and the built environment - include: energy and climate change; the water cycle; sustainable materials for a healthy built environment; equitable designs to provide sustainability for all, and; creating regenerative and resilient communities.

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