The U.S. Green Building Council has named Jim Nicolow, a principal of the architecture firm Lord, Aeck & Sargent, and its director of sustainability, to the 2012 class of LEED Fellows.
The LEED Fellow designation is the green building industry’s most prestigious professional distinction; it recognizes exceptional contributions to green building and significant achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals.
Nicolow is among 43 of the world’s most distinguished green building professionals to be selected as 2012 LEEDS Fellows through a peer nomination and portfolio review process. He holds a LEED AP BD+C credential and boasts 15 years of green building experience.
Some of Nicolow’s exemplary projects include the Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve’s Coastal Resources Center (achieved LEED Gold certification); the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (achieved LEED Gold certification); and the Southface Energy Institute Eco Office (achieved LEED Platinum certification), whose passive solar design and salvaged renewable energy system earned a perfect ’10-out-of-10’ energy optimization points.
Nicolow leads Lord, Aeck & Sargent’s effort to incorporate sustainable design strategies and features into the firm’s projects. He joined Lord, Aeck & Sargent in 1997 and became the first member of the firm to earn LEED Accreditation in 2001. Building Design & Construction magazine dubbed Nicolow one of its up-and-coming ’40 under 40’ in 2007.
“His leadership of our firm’s green design efforts throughout the years has been instrumental in LAS being listed as No. 12 in the sustainability portion of Architect magazine’s recent ‘ARCHITECT 50’ rankings of the best U.S. architecture firms,” said Joe Greco, president of Lord, Aeck & Sargent, in a statement.
Nicolow is a member of both the U.S. Green Building Council and American Institute of Architects. He attended the University of Michigan, where he received both his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in architecture.
Nicolow will be recognized with other members of the 2012 LEED Fellow class in November at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco.