Z Smith, AIA, LEED AP, Ph.D., joins the School of Architecture faculty in the fall of 2011 while continuing to practice architecture in the New Orleans area as a senior architect at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple. His background brings education and experience in physics, engineering, renewable energy, information technology, and architecture to the problem of sustainable architecture and community development. He received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from MIT, his doctorate in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University, and a Masters in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of British Columbia. He is author of over 50 scientific papers and named inventor on 10 U.S. patents. His built work spans from residential, commercial, to institutional buildings in the U.S. and Canada, including serving as project architect of the Center for Interactive Research on Sustainability in Vancouver.
He serves on the Board of the Louisiana Chapter of the US Green Building Council. His research interests include building envelope, systems, and design for hot / humid climates, urban ecology, water systems, predicted vs actual building performance, and systems that allow buildings and their occupants to learn from each other.