University Professor, Paul Mellon Chair in Architecture

Vivian Loftness, FAIA, is Paul Mellon Chair and University Professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She is a renowned researcher, author and educator, with over forty years of building science research for industry and government. Editor of the 2013 and 2020 Springer Encyclopedia on Sustainable Built Environments, she has published on climate and regionalism, environmental sustainability, advanced building systems integration, and design for performance in the workplace of the future.

She is an elected Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, the US Green Building Council, New Buildings Institute, and Design Futures Council. Vivian has been recognized as one of 13 Stars of Building Science by the Building Research Establishment in the UK, received the Award of Distinction from AIA Pennsylvania and NESEA, holds a National Educator Honor Award from the American Institute of Architecture Students, and a “Sacred Tree” Award from the US Green Building Council. Vivian Loftness has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Architecture from MIT.