Z Smith

PhD, FAIA, LEED Fellow, WELL AP, Fitwel & Living Building Ambassador
Principal | Director of Sustainability & Performance

Z Smith is Principal and Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at EskewDumezRipple. His built work includes academic, laboratory, and residential buildings, including winners of the RAIC Green Building Award and the AIA COTE Top Ten Award. He brings training and experience in physics (MIT) and engineering (Princeton) to the field of architecture (UC Berkeley), and is named as inventor on 10 patents and author on over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications. He serves as North American representative to the International Union of Architects (UIA) Sustainable Development Commission. He has taught at the Tulane School of Architecture, served on the national Advisory Group of the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), the USGBC Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group, served as Chair of the 2017 SCUP Southern Regional Conference, and is former Chair of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Louisiana Chapter. He is a member of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), and the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP).


Palos Heights, Illinois
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Princeton University; University of California, Berkeley
SPCA, New Orleans
Tulane University, J. Bennett Johnston Hall
Tulane School of Social Work