John Quale

Chair of the Department of Architecture at UNM & Founder of ecoMOD

Speaker for Housing the Future 2.0, September 2019

John Quale is the Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of New Mexico. He is an expert on offsite construction and sustainable design. He founded the ecoMOD project to create sustainable modular affordable homes. A Fulbright Scholar at Tokyo University and Jefferson Fellow at Cambridge University, he has authored two books, and is co-editor of Offsite Architecture: Constructing the Future. His teaching and research has been featured on NPR, CNN and HGTV as well as Architect, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Metropolis and Dwell. The winner of 30+ awards (including the Architect Magazine R+D Award and finalist status for the UN World Habitat Award) he was the University of Virginia’s nominee for the U.S. Professor of the Year Award.

The ecoMOD Project at the University of New Mexico is an interdisciplinary initiative to create sustainable, affordable housing for low income individuals and families. ecoMOD is structured to ensure the occupants of ecoMOD homes will have lower utility bills, durable materials and an affordable home. The homes are built modular, to allow for a relatively quick process of construction, and the opportunity to build within building. This significantly reduces construction time. ecoMOD homes have been built to Passive House Standard, and to LEED Platinum.

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