Edward Dean is a combination of building scientist, design coach and experienced large-project architect, who has specialized in low-energy building design throughout his professional career. In recognition of his leading professional work in this field, the American Institute of Architects elevated him to the AIA College of Fellows.
While on the faculty of the Department of Architecture at U.C. Berkeley, he consulted with the California Energy Commission on new energy standards for buildings and led a generation of architects through concepts of integrated design for low-energy performance.
His later extensive experience in professional practice as lead designer on major projects at nationally recognized firms gives him a realistic understanding of the building industry, its limitations and possibilities. He continues to work and consult on the frontier of low-energy building design as this industry undergoes the required changes to low-carbon and zero-net-energy buildings.