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.

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.”

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.”

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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