Michael Mehaffy

Structura Naturalis Inc.

742 SW Vista Avenue #42
Portland, Oregon 97205


Michael Mehaffy is an urban and building designer, project manager, researcher, educator and author.  He is an international leader on new trends in sustainable and low-carbon urban design and development, in both research and practice.  He has led or consulted on award-winning sustainability and transit-oriented development projects in the US and internationally, including Orenco Station, Pringle Creek Community, and three different Hurricane Katrina projects in New Orleans and on the Gulf Coast.   He is a longtime associate of Christopher Alexander, and co-founder of the Centre for Environmental Structure-Europe, where he is research associate.  He is also founder and coordinator of the Environmental Structure Research Group. 

Michael is an active contributor to the latest research, and serves on the editorial boards of Urban Design International, Journal of Urbanism, and Cuadernos de Arquitectura y Nuevo Urbanismo.  He also serves on the boards of two sustainable building NGOs, and on the advisory boards of several research projects and community development corporations.  He has published numerous papers on sustainable urbanism and architecture, most recently including a paper in collaboration with a coordinating lead author of the IPCC presented at the Copenhagen IARU conference on climate change.  He is Academic Chair of the Council for European Urbanism, and coordinator of the European School of Urbanism and Architecture.  He is a member of the LEED-ND Correspondence Committee and has consulted internationally on its concepts and metrics.  He is also a contributor to the SmartCode, the pioneering new urban code now being adopted in a number of US towns and cities.   He has lectured, published and taught in Europe, Asia and North America.  

Over a career of 25 years Michael has personally designed and built many structures, inluding towns, buldings, furniture, gardens and interiors.

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