Rachel Wagner, Principal Emeritus

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“My favorite design tool is the sun.”

“The architecture and building industries greatly influence and impact our use of resources, for better or for worse. I strive to have the impact I make be ‘for the better.’

“I like to work under the concept of ‘think globally, act locally.’ With creativity, rigor and understanding—design can benefit people right now but also into the future.

“I’m energized by collaboration. Lessons learned in the classroom, the office and the job site bring continued improvement to the process of design.”

Expertise
• Passive solar design
• Low-energy, integrated residential design
• Education: teaching both practitioners and the general public about ecological design theory and practice

Education and Licensure
• Bachelor of Science, Design and Environmental Analysis, Cornell University
• PHI Certified Passive House Designer
• Registered Architect in Wisconsin

Experience and Affiliations
• Member of the Duluth Energy Design Conference planning committee
• Department of Energy Building America research team member (NorthSTAR Energy Efficiency Housing Research Partnership)
• Member iPHA (International Passive Housing Association)

Highlights
• Designed Eco-Home solar demonstration home in Duluth, Minnesota
Author/contributor to Fine Homebuilding Magazine
Skyline House featured in the book Homes for a Changing Climate—Passive Houses in the U.S.