Carnegie Mellon University

Vivian  Loftness

Vivian Loftness

University Professor, Architecture

5000 Forbes Avenue
Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Vivian Loftness is a University Professor and former Head of the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. She is an internationally renowned researcher, author and educator with over thirty years of focus on environmental design and sustainability, advanced building systems integration, climate and regionalism in architecture, and design for performance in the workplace of the future. She has served on ten National Academy of Science (NAS) panels, the NAS Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment and has given four Congressional testimonies on sustainability. She received her BS and MS in Architecture from MIT and served on the National Boards of the USGBC, AIA Committee on the Environment, Green Building Alliance, Turner Sustainability, and the Global Assurance Group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. She is a registered architect and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Masters in Architecture

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Science 

Rotary International Scholar, Finland 


Loftness's research addresses environmental design, sustainability and climate and regionalism in architecture.