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Lori Ferriss

Departments

Architecture

Education

  • M.A., Engineering in High-Performance Structures, MIT
  • B.S., Architecture, MIT

Research & Publication Highlights

  • CARE Tool, developer
  • “Sustainable Reuse of Post-War Architecture Through Life Cycle Assessment,” Journal of Architectural Conservation Special Edition: Climate Emergency, June 2021
  • “The New Net Zero,” Boston Society of Architects, February 20, 2020
  • “Roadmap the International Existing Building Code: Integrating Code Analysis into the Design Process to Balance Cost, Schedule, and Preservation,” APT Bulletin: The Journal of Preservation Technology, Spring 2018
  • “Keeping History Above Water: 74 Bridge Street” Exhibit, 2016
  • “Environmental and Cultural Sustainability in the Built Environment: An Evaluation of LEED for Historic Preservation,” 010

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Lori Ferriss is a global leader in sustainable stewardship of the built environment. Her award-winning work as an architect, structural engineer and conservator combines broad policy development with deep technical insights to promote a culturally and environmentally sustainable world through design. As a Principal at Boston-based design firm Goody Clancy, she founded the Regenerative Renewal practice that is re-envisioning architecture at the intersection of decarbonization and heritage.

Lori’s research explores the co-benefits of activating the existing built environment as a climate solution. Her work establishing carbon accounting methods for historic buildings has been featured in publications ranging from the Journal of Architectural Conservation to Architect Magazine and presented on-stage at the UN COP27 climate conference. She is a co-developer of Architecture 2030’s CARE Tool, which estimates the carbon benefits of reusing and retrofitting buildings for designers, owners, planners, and policymakers.

Lori is the 2023 Chair of the AIA Committee on the Environment, a Steering Committee representative of the Climate Heritage Network, an expert member on the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Energy, Sustainability and Climate Change, and a Senior Fellow of Architecture 2030.