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Summer 2017 Commencement Speaker

Corey Saft

Corey Saft is the Contractors Educational Trust/LEQSF in Art & Architecture Endowed Professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as the undergraduate coordinator in the School of Architecture and Design. He is a licensed, LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) and an award winning architect with his own design and research practice which focuses on equitable, environmental and economical design. His work has been covered in a large range of publications including Scientific American, USAToday and Architectural Record as well as featured in a number of books including the forthcoming Passive House Details: Solutions for High Performance Design from Routledge.

Earlier this year Saft was named one of UL’s 2017 Eminent Faculty, and honored with the Distinguished Professor Award. In 2016 he was awarded the University’s Research Excellence Award. He has overseen or been a team member on projects totaling many millions of dollars including being a design and energy consultant on the Uptown Lofts, a mixed-use, multifamily Low Income Housing Tax Credit Development in downtown Lafayette for which the team received Honorable Mention in the Green Housing category for the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards.

Saft is the Director of the University’s Sustainable Development Lab (SDLab), which is a research and practice laboratory focused on housing, civic space and cultural resource development. The Lab sees design entrepreneurship and fabrication innovation as a form of value creation and an opportunity for students to be visionary leaders in their communities. The SDLab’s mission is to evolve models of development that use housing and the development of civic space to facilitate community revitalization through environmentally and economically sustainable processes. Among other projects, the SDLab has recently been working with the University to redevelop underutilized property.

Saft is a Board member and was recently treasurer of the Global Passive Building Council (GPBC), an international organization to facilitate ‘global carbon reduction, human comfort and habitat resilience in all climates through passive design.‘ He was also recently on the board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the discipline’s primary governing board, as well as a member of its Executive Committee.

Professor Saft holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon, a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of Rochester and a Certificate in Real Estate Development from the Urban Land Institute.