Salovich Zero+ Campus Design Project
Salovich Zero Plus Campus Design Project

Project Team


2012-2013 Research Team

Richard Strong: PI, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Sustainable Building Research; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Architecture

Richard Strong conducts primary research in the realm of sustainable building practices. He is involved in sustainable practices at a site, campus and city scale. In 1994, while working for Hennepin County, he initiated Minnesota's first sustainable building rating system called the Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide - MSDG.  He currently coordinates the Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines, the second version MSDG for the State of Minnesota. Richard has taught architectural studios and seminars in the M.S. Sustainable Design and M.Arch programs at the School of Architecture and has been a studio critic with David Graham and Tom Hodne for the eco-house classes at Carleton College. 

Mary Guzowski: Co-PI, Professor, Architecture

Mary Guzowski has been involved with sustainable design education and research for twenty years, including the development of the University of Minnesota’s MS in Sustainable Architecture. She is currently Co-PI on the Carbon Neutral Design Project, funded by the American Institute of Architects. Publications include the books Towards Zero Energy Architecture (Laurence King) and Daylighting for Sustainable Design(McGraw Hill), the Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide and the Minnesota Green Housing Design Guide.

Loren Abraham: Research Fellow, Professor in Practice, Architecture

Loren Abraham, Professor in Practice, was a founding member of the US Green Building Council, and past chairman of the Sustainable Buildings Industries Council. Loren has worked with the White House, the AIA, The American Society of Testing and Materials, the Department of Energy and other federal agencies as well as numerous major building products manufacturers and leading design firms. Loren also assisted in the development of the award winning Energy 10 software and with the Whole Building Design Guide a widely used online planning and design tool and holds numerous patents in the field.

2011-2012 Research Team

Lance Neckar: PI, Professor & Department Head, Landscape Architecture (Currently: Professor and Director of the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern Califonia Sustainability, Pritzer College, Claremont, CA).

Lance Neckar was a founding fellow of the Institute on the Environment, in which capacity he served as a project principal on the State Conservation Plan for the Legislative and Citizens Commission on Minnesota Resources. He was principal author for the Natural Resources and Open Space section of the UM Campus Plan.

Mary Guzowski: Co-PI, Professor, Architecture

See biography above.

Loren Abraham: Project Manager, Professor in Practice, Architecture

See biography above.

Barry Lehrman: Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Cal-Poly Pomona

Barry Lehrman is an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Cal-Poly Pomona.  He was formerly a Research Fellow on the Zero+ Campus Design Project during the 2010-2011 academic year. A landscape architect and architect with over 15 years of multi-disciplinary practice, Barry specializes in sustainable infrastructure and cities. Mr. Lehrman is also the founder of Infrascape Design.

Derek Schilling: Research Assistant, MLA Candidate

Derek Schilling holds a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, where he specialized in fluid dynamics, heat transfer, and alternative energy generation. Derek has worked with the city of Ann Arbor on their 5,000 Solar Roof initiative and is a founding member of Students for Design Activism. He is particularly interested in exploring how sustainable, multifunctional, landscape design can better serve society.

Elizabeth Turner: Research Assistant, M Arch/MS in Sustainable Design Candidate

Elizabeth Turner has a long-standing commitment to sustianability and cross-disciplinary, team-based work. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College, where she studied Religion and Interdisciplinary Fine Arts. She is a leader of Greenlight, a student organization that focuses on sustainability in design and action. Elizabeth worked to bring together an interdisciplinary team to plan and execute a charrette envisioning a housing development in St. Paul that could be environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable. Elizabeth has been a Research Assistant through the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs.

Dawn Keeler: Research Assistant & webmaster, M Arch Candidate

Dawn Keeler holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and is currently an M.Arch candidate in the School of Architecture. She is interested in public and community-based architecture with a special emphasis on environmental performance. She is leading the Zero+ Campus Design Project website development. 

Laurie McGinley: Research Assistant & webmaster, M Arch (2010)

Laurie McGinley left the field of architecture to pursue life as a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, Central America. Salvadorans taught her the importance of lowering our impact on the environment while enjoying the beauty and bounty of life. She returned to study Architecture and Sustainable Design at the University of Minnesota because she wants to work on large systems that can have big impacts on energy reduction. She dreams of designing buildings that have zero impact on their surroundings. She is passionate about photography and bicycling.


PROJECT PARTNERS:  Capital Planning and Project Management  

Monique MacKenzie: Director, Capital Planning and Project Management

Monique MacKenzie has worked on campus master planning and  district planning at the University since her arrival in 2008. Her prior experience includes transportation, redevelopment and streetscape consulting at an engineering and landscape architecture firm, as well as work on LRT station area plans, neighborhood planning and the citywide comprehensive plan while employed as a staff planner at the City of Minneapolis. She earned her Master's degree in Urban Planning at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. 

Orlyn Miller: Former Director of Planning and Architecture, Capital Planning and Project Management Office (Zero+ Team 2010-2011)

Orlyn Miller has worked  on campus planning and architecture initiatives at the University of Minnesota for more than 20 years, and taken an active role in development and management of capital planning and budgeting process throughout the UMN system for that time period. Prior to his work at the University, Orlyn was a member of a planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering firm, where he obtained broad experience in strategic planning, design, project management and governmental relations. Orlyn received his bachelor's degree in landscape architecture and urban planning from Iowa State University.

Jerome Malmquist: Director, Energy Management

Jerome Malmquist has been the Director of Energy Management at the University of Minnesota for over ten years.  He is responsible for facility and utility engineering, utility distribution, and energy optimization work on the Twin Cities Campus and the support of state wide facilities as requested or needed. He has served on committees working on the University of Minnesota Regent's Sustainability Policy, the Twin Cities Campus Master Plan update, The U-More Park Energy Master Plan, the Twin Cities Campus Utility Master Plan and others. Prior to the University, Jerome spent twenty-seven years with the 3M Company and Imation, a 3M spin-off. Jerome is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering.