Mark DeKay

Mark DeKay

Professor DeKay’s recent work is in Integral Theory and its applications to Sustainable Design and to design education. His book, Integral Sustainable Design: Transfrormative Perspectives, was published by Earthscan in 2011.

He specializes in Sustainable Design theory, research, design tools, and practice. He is a registered architect and has taught at the university level since 1994. Prof. DeKay’s research interest is in energy and environmental issues in building design and urban design, specifically, the impact of design decisions on environmental quality and the study of how to create ecological integrity through the form and organization of the built environment.

His book, Sun, Wind, and Light: architectural design strategies, 2nd ed., co-authored with G. Z. Brown, (Wiley, 2001) is a resource for designers to consider the form generating potential of climatic forces. He is currently working on a major revised 3rd edition, to be published in 2012.

Other projects focus on multi-functional green infrastructure planning at the urban and landscape scales and academic writing on urban design for daylighting.

A nationally recognized educator, Prof. DeKay was the winner of the 1995 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Education Honor Award for the course “Environment and Buildings,” a 2000 Fulbright Fellowship to the Center of Environmental Planning and Technology, in Ahmedabad, India, and co-winner of the 2005 AIA/Tides Foundation Award for Ecoliteracy in Architecture Schools for his graduate design and technology courses.

He co-edits and manages, with Prof. Richard Kelso, the highly successful UT/RedVector online continuing education Certificate in Sustainable Design and Green Building for registered design professionals. Prof. DeKay has also written four continuing education courses for this program.

From 2007-2100 he chaired the School of Architecture's Graduate Programs in Architecture and also served as Director of Graduate Studies for the College of Architecture and Design, which includes a variety of master's programs in architecture and landscape architecture.

He studied architecture at Tulane University (1984) and the University of Oregon (1992) and is and Fellow of Institute of Green Professionals (FIGP).

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