School of Architecture
College of Design

Mary Guzowski, Professor

Mary Guzowski



Phone: 612-624-9017

Areas of Expertise

Daylighting, Solar Design, Sustainable Design

Mary Guzowski is a Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Minnesota. She teaches and conducts research related to daylighting, environmental technology, and sustainable design. Mary has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle and a Bachelors of Arts in Fine Arts from Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her continued fascination with daylighting, the natural environment, and ecology has shaped her architectural research and teaching. Interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to education, research, and practice are essential to her work. She has been involved with a broad community of design educators and practitioners, including the Society of Building Science Educators, the American Solar Energy Society, the Associate Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the AIA Committee on the Environment.

Her research publications include the books Towards Zero Energy Architecture: New Solar Design (Laurence King) and Daylighting for Sustainable Design (McGraw Hill); web-based design resources including the Zero+ Campus Design Project, Carbon Neutral Design Project, Minnesota Sustainable Design Guide, the Minnesota Green Housing Design Guide, and the Initiative for Renewable Energy in Architecture; and scholarly and professional articles.  During the past decade she has received a diversity of funded research projects related to ecological design education and practice. Recent research has focused on aesthetic and ecological innovations in solar architecture and carbon-neutral design.  She is currently a co-principal investigator for the Zero+ Campus Design Project(with Rich Strong et al.).  The Zero+ Project is a design collaboration with the UMN Campus Planning to develop design resources to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, energy, and water consumption while fostering design excellence on campus. Mary has received educational awards from the AIA COTE and AIA Minnesota for her work in ecological design education.  She is currently working on a new book of case studies entitled the Art of Daylighting: Exquisite Rooms.

Published Books

  • Guzowski, M. Towards Zero Energy Architecture: New Solar Design. London: Laurence King Publishing Ltd., 2010. (Published in English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian; released in August 2010; international distribution.)
  • Guzowski, M. Daylighting for Sustainable Design. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2000. (Published in English in 2000, Chinese 2002, and Japanese in 2004; international distribution.)
  • Lehrman, B. and L. Abraham, M. Guzowski, and L. Neckar.  “Chapter 21: Towards the Zero+ Campus: multi-disciplinary design pedagogy and the energy-water nexus,” for the book Sustainable Energy Landscapes: Designing, Planning and Development; editors: A. van den Dobbelsteen and S. Stremke; London: CRC/Taylor & Francis Group. (Peer review chapter, 2012.) 


Select Articles and Papers in Academic and Professional Publications


Select Grants Received            

  • Strong, R. and M. Guzowski (2010-2012: L. Neckar, L. Abraham, B. Lehrman, et al). “Zero+ Campus Design Project,” Office of the Provost, University of Minnesota, $255,545; 2010-date (Co-P.I.).
  • Wasley, J., T. Meyer Boake, M. Guzowski, and J. Quale.  “Carbon Neutral Design Project,” American Institute of Architects (AIA), 2008-2009 with the educational initiative on-going, $150,000 AIA and Oak Hill Foundation, (Co-P.I.).
  • Guzowski M. and J. Carmody.  “Initiative for Renewable Energy in Architecture (reARCH),” Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), 2006-2008, $40,000 (MPCA)/$19,000 matching funds from CALA, CSBR and partners (P.I.). 
  • Carmody. J, M. Guzowski, and R. Strong. “Minnesota Zero Energy Design Protocol (mnZED Protocol),” MPCA, 2007-2009, $40,000 (MPCA)/$20,000 matching funds from CALA, CSBR and partners (Co-P.I.).
  • Carmody, J., F. Forsyth, M. Guzowski, P. Huelman, and L. Lavine.  “Affordable Housing Initiative,” U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, $400,000 HUD/$400,000 in matching funds from Wilder Foundation and Frogtown CDC; 2004-2007 (Co-P.I.). 
  • Guzowski, M., L. Lavine, and P. Huelman. “Phase One:  The Single Family Pilot House Demonstration Project,” Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 2002-2004, $129,000 (P.I.). 
  • Carmody, J. and M. Guzowski.  “Integrating Sustainable Design and Affordable Housing in Minnesota (Minnesota Green Housing Design Guide),” Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance (MnOEA), State of Minnesota, 2002-2004, $75,000 OEA/$75,000 in matching funds from UMN (Co-P.I.).



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