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Architect • Author • Teacher • Visionary

Sim Van der Ryn—architect, author, and educator—has been integrating ecological principles into the built environment for more than 40 years. He spent 35 years as professor of architecture at UC Berkeley and was California’s State Architect for Governor Jerry Brown in the late 1970s, designing and building the State’s first energy efficient and climate-responsive building.

Sim’s signature style, his collaborative approach and meta-disciplinary accomplishments continue to show us the way to an evolving era that values both the integrity of ecological systems and quality of life for all.

“Long before sustainability became the buzzword du jour, there was Sim Van der Ryn, the intrepid pioneer of the eco-frontier.” — New York Times

The author of several influential books, he has won numerous honors—a Guggenheim in 1971, Rockefeller Fellowships in Bellagio, Italy in 1997 and 2012, and the Athena Lifetime Achievement Award from the Congress for New Urbanism in 2006—for his leadership and innovation in architecture and planning.

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