Mazria Inc. was established in 1978 as Mazria Associates, Inc. Since its inception, our office has operated like a small design studio where innovation, experimentation and research is encouraged . Our expertise in building and site ecology and its design principles, technologies and applications is the result of this approach to architectural design. We are internationally recognized as a leader in the field of environmental design and daylighting in architecture. Our office is unique in that we apply these principles to all of our projects.
Edward Mazria is an internationally recognized architect with a
long and distinguished career. His architecture and planning projects
span over a thirty year period and each employs a cutting-edge environmental
approach to its design.
His published material includes technical papers, articles for professional
mag a zines, and a number of published works including The Passive
Solar Energy Book published by Rodale Press. His most recent
article with Marci Riskin, Architectural
Design: Nature's Way, outlines the innovative design strategies
and monitoring results of the award winning Rio Grande Conservatory
in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His buildings have been published in
Architecture, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record,
Architectural Digest, Process, Kenchiku Bunka, Public Garden, Solar
Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New Mexico Business Journal,
and The New York Times.
Mr. Mazria has lectured extensively throughout the United States,
Europe, Asia and Latin America, and has taught architecture at the
University of New Mexico, University of Oregon, University of Colorado-Denver,
UCLA and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the recipient of
numerous awards including an AIA Design Award, AIA Design Innovation
Award, Commercial Building Award from the Department of Energy,
Landmark Designation Award from The Albuquerque Conservation Association,
Pioneer Award from the American Solar Energy Society and most recently,
a 1999 Outstanding Planning Award from the American Planning Association
for Tierra Contenta in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was selected by
the National Endowment for the Arts for its Design Arts Roundtable.
After receiving his Bachelors of Architecture Degree form Pratt
Institute in 1963 he spent two years as an architect in the Peace
Corps in Arequipa, Peru. He later worked with the firm of Edward
Larabee Barnes in New York before beginning a teaching and research
career at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1973. His ar chi
tec ture and energy research at both UNM and the University of Oregon
established his leadership in the field of resource conservation
and his innovative design methodology, developed at that time, is
currently in use worldwide.
Since forming Mazria Inc. in 1978, he has completed
a diverse number of award win ning architecture and planning projects
from the Mt. Airy Public Library in North Carolina, to the Genoveva
Chavez Community Center, a 170,000 square foot sports complex in
Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the principal-in-charge of design for
all firm projects.
Sandra Odems, a principal at Mazria Inc. , joined the
firm 4 years ago. She is a strong designer, experienced in both
architecture and construction, whose work focuses on an environmental
approach to design.
She graduated with honors and received a Bachelor of Architecture
Degree from Tulane University. In recognition of her talent, she
was awarded a scholarship to study at the Architectural Association
in London, England. In 1991 she moved to New Mexico and managed
a design/build firm to provide herself with formal construction
training that continues to inform her architectural design work
Since joining Mazria Inc. , she has worked on several
projects including the award winning Genoveva Chavez Community Center.
She was project manager and project architect for the innovative
Bosque School in Albuquerque, the City of Rocks Visitor Center and
the Raton Tourist Information Center in Raton. She is currently
designing the Performing and Fine Arts Complex at Bosque School.