Doug Pierce



Doug Pierce's Profile
Doug Pierce has strong experience with a wide range of sustainability standards including LBC, LEED NC, LEED Ci, LEED EB, The Minnesota Sustainable Building Guide, SMaRT Sustainable Product Certification, Forest Stewardship Council Certification, the 2030 Challenge and the ANSI Integrative Process Standard. He is a LEED® and SMaRT® Accredited Registered Architect with over 25 years of experience practicing sustainable design. He has ten years of experience teaching undergraduate, graduate and professional level courses in sustainable design. In 2011, along with representatives from the Corporate Responsibility Officers Association, Sierra Club and the National Wildlife Federation, Doug founded the North American Leadership Standards Campaign to help identify the best sustainable guidelines available for practitioners, institutions and business. He was the principle author of the campaign’s Public Draft Leadership Principles. As part of this effort, Doug is currently working on the Embracive Living Design Project (ELD) through AIA Minnesota, The University of Minnesota, MCAD and Perkins+Will. ELD draws directly from leadership standards across North America and around the world to shape a comprehensive set of transparent, sustainable design guidelines that meet the ISO Type II Environmental Self-Declaration criteria. Doug has been practicing with Perkins+Will for over 15 years working with office, lab, hospital and university facilities. He is a member of Perkins+Will’s National Sustainable Design Initiative (SDI) Steering Committee and the Materials Health Steering Committee along with directing the Minneapolis SDI effort locally. Sustainable design methods developed in Minneapolis frequently influence the firm wide practice and national advocacy efforts. A long term focus for the past 25 years has been in ‘interdisciplinary design and thinking’ which is fundamental to deep sustainable design. This skill was instrumental in achieving the first LEED Platinum Certified project in Minnesota, the first LEED® Certified Target Store and the key to developing break-through solutions for other projects around the country and the world. This work includes sustainable design planning responsibilities for over 3 Million square feet of High-Performance, LEED® and Living Building projects in multiple market sectors including Corporate Commercial Civic, Higher Education, K-12 and Healthcare. Core to the work in interdisciplinary design has been development of the Sustainable Integrated Design process. On-going involvement at the national level since 2005 includes influential work on the ANSI Integrative Process Standard now being adopted by LEED®. Doug is also a Sustainability Channel Leader for AREA Research linking his academic work to practice. He uses graduate level courses in sustainability as ‘incubators’ to explore living design theory and practice methods, frequently with real world clients; looping the methods through practice and then back into the classroom where the cycle begins again.
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