Greg Mella

Specialist

"Just the idea that the environment is something that is vital and has value shaped the way I view the role of architecture."

Greg was thinking green before much of our society thought about sustainability, or even heard of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. He brings an in-depth knowledge of environmentally-intelligent building materials and practices to every project, and uses a “whole building" systems-oriented approach that examines how to integrate architecture with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems to maximize shared benefits. Greg's design of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Merrill Center, the world's first LEED Platinum Building, created a paragon on sustainability. As someone delighted "to design cool buildings that are connected to their place," Greg is inspired by conservationist Aldo Leopold. "Just the idea that the environment is something that is vital and has value shaped the way I view the role of architecture," notes Greg. "His writing taught me the importance of forging a connection to nature."

Specialty
Discipline Leader, Sustainable Design

Recognition
Living Building Challenge Hero, International Living Future Institute, 2016; Fellow, American Institute of Architects, 2013

Professional Credentials
American Institute of Architects, Fellow (FAIA), LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)

Contact
E Greg.Mella@smithgroupjjr.com
P 202.974.5187
LinkedIn profile



Community Involvement

Greg serves on the AIA's 2030 Commitment Steering Committee and was the co-creator of the tools firms use to complete their reporting.  He's also a frequent lecturer and critic at architecture schools across the U.S.