Pliny Fisk III

Co-Director / Co-Founder of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

staff_pliny_fisk_iii_photo_by_lauren_jones-2Pliny Fisk III is Co-Director / Co-Founder of Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, the oldest continuously operating organization in the U.S. focused on an integrated approach to sustainable design, planning, research and education. With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and the systems sciences, Pliny has made pivotal contributions in the areas of policies, protocols, and prototypes as designer and inventor. His prototypes challenge conventional wisdom about building system design, engineering, and materials, and have been implemented for a range of clientele and in iconic architecture: The State Demonstration Farm in Laredo and The State Green Building Demonstration in Austin, TX, recognized as one of the top 10 green buildings in the world in Architect Magazine; and the 2002 UT School of Architecture Solar Decathlon and the 2007 Texas A&M Solar Decathlon.

The Center’s protocols and policies offer new models for architecture, landscape architecture, and planning at site through national scales. Pliny helped shape the world’s first Green Building Program, in collaboration with the City of Austin; the first national input-output/life cycle assessment/geographic information system model; collaborated on national initiatives including “Greening the White House” and “Greening the Grand Canyon”; and co-chaired the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment’s Environmental Resource Guide committee.

Pliny’s work has earned national and international awards including the Lewis Mumford Award; The 1992 Earth Summit Award recognizing Local Environmental Initiatives, presented in Rio de Janeiro; the U.S. Green Building Council’s Sacred Tree award; and the American Solar Energy Society’s Passive Solar Pioneer Award. He has served as an advisor to the MacArthur, Gates, and Enterprise Foundations and on the U.S. General Services Administration’s National Registry for Design Excellence peer review program. His biography, Pliny Fisk III: Creating a Maximum Potential Future, was the first release of Ecotone Publishing, a division of the International Living Future Institute, as part of their Green Masters Series.

Pliny studied at The University of Pennsylvania, with a B.Arch. and M.Arch in Architecture and M.L.Arch in Landscape Architecture. He was named an Emeritus Professor at Texas A&M University in 2014, where he had taught from 2005-2001 as Signature Faculty in the College of Architecture. He was previously appointed at the Herrin Distinguished Fellow at the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Planning at Mississippi State University, as the Bruce Goff Chair for Creative Architecture at the Department of Architecture of University of Oklahoma, and as Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.

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