The lecture will present an overview of the ecoMOD Project since 2004. ecoMOD is an interdisciplinary curriculum and research effort to create high-performance housing units for non-profit affordable housing organizations. The lecture will focus mostly on the last few projects at the University of Virginia, which included the commercialization of one of the ecoMOD designs by a modular home builder. The trajectory of the project in its new home at the University of New Mexico will also be discussed.
John Quale Is the Director of Architecture and a Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Architecture + Planning. He is the founding director of the ecoMOD project. A Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tokyo and the Thomas Jefferson Fellow at Cambridge University, Quale is an expert in sustainable design, public interest design and offsite construction. He have received more than 40 awards for his design, teaching and / or research work, including the 2013 Architect Magazine R+D Award, the AIA Education Honor Award, the NCARB Grand Prize, the USGBC Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Award, and finalist status for the UN World Habitat Award – the only U.S. finalist that year. In 2010, he was the University of Virginia nominee for Carnegie / CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award.
Quale’s design, teaching or research have been featured or cited in over 170 print or broadcast outlets, including National Public Radio, CNN and HGTV as well as Architect Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Architectural Record, Dwell and The New York Times. He has written two books, as well as multiple essays and book chapters. Most recently he is the co-author / co-editor of OFFSITE: Constructing a Post-Industrial Future, forthcoming from Routledge in late 2016.