Name: Tony Layne
Job Title: Architect/national co-director, Sustainable Design Initiative
Firm Name and Location: Perkins+Will, Minneapolis
Age: 34
Professional Credentials: AIA, LEED AP
Education: BArch, Oklahoma State University; MArch, MS, University of Minnesota

Provides high-level expertise in sustainable strategy, systems thinking, envelope and building enclosure design, and simulation daylight modeling.

Co-founded Perkins+Will’s Innovation Incubator program (2010), which generates research, White Papers, business prototypes, and new best practices.

Won 2010 Young Architect Award from AIA Minnesota.

In 2007, selected from more than 1,400 individuals to participate in the first Perkins+Will Leadership Institute, a fast-track leadership development program.

First-ever recipient of University of Minnesota’s MS in Sustainable Design.


Teaches sustainable design at University of Minnesota, studio and seminar courses at Oklahoma State’s School of Architecture.

Off the Clock:

Renovating his 1926 home for near net-zero energy use.

Cabinet and furniture maker; learned the trade from his boat-building grandfather.

Secret Life:

Has audiographic memory, useful for identifying commercial voice-overs and quoting classic movie lines.


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