Name: David Wright
Occupation: Solar Environmental Architect
Place of Residence: Grass Valley, Calif.
Background and Personal History: David Wright graduated from Architecture School at Cal Poly State University in the 1960s, and then spent two years in Africa as a Peace Corps Architect. He trained at the University of Utah, studying desert architecture and Arab culture. David was fortunate to be assigned to both Tunisia and Guinea, two very different cultures and climate zones, where he became fascinated with climate responsive architecture and completed several projects. In Africa, he was exposed to designing with local resources and climate elements, including natural solar heating and cooling — a forgotten art/science in the modernized Western World.
When he returned home and completed his architectural licensing requirements, David settled in Santa Fe, N.M., home of the ancient Anasazi and Pueblo Indian cultures. There, a few associates and David discovered and refined the art of bio-climatic design, which evolved into passive solar design. In the 1970s, the Arab Oil Embargo precipitated the first world energy crisis and the idea of alternative energy, and passive solar architecture, were launched across the world, emanating from Santa Fe.
In 1978, after designing and monitoring a series of successful passive solar houses, David authored the book Natural Solar Architecture: A Passive Primer, and began a career of designing naturally heated and cooled buildings across the country. In 1978, he returned to his native state of California and has lived and worked in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains since then. Knowledge of his work, and the work of a few other solar pioneers, spread around the world and became the foundation of todays Sustainable Architectural Design, which, when blended with modern technology and materials, has revolutionized the international built environment.
David has written three books on passive solar architecture. His latest is the Passive Solar Primer: Sustainable Architecture. He has also written many articles, including "Passive Solar Design Basics" for MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
He is proud to have been a part of this phenomenon and continues to design buildings throughout the country, lecture, and write books / articles, and blog on the continuously evolving field of energy efficiency and design. David believes we are at the dawn of a new sustainable global age.
Current Projects: Custom residences across the country and sculpture.
Other Fun Facts: David was once the youngest Eagle Scout in the world and a MOTHER EARTH NEWS Plowboy!
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