Russell Fortmeyer

Sustainability Leader

An engineer and journalist, Russell Fortmeyer leads the consulting practice, as well as the sustainable design group, for Arup’s Los Angeles office. Since 2011, Fortmeyer has been a faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, where his classes focus on environmental systems, design for climate change, and passive building strategies. From 2012 to 2018, he served on the board of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LA Chapter. He acted as the technical advisor to the City of Los Angeles for its Green New Deal climate action plan released in April 2019. His built projects include the Seattle Public Library, LEED-Platinum Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center, and the Zero Net Energydesigned Beirut Embassy. In 2016, Fortmeyer was awarded a Bellagio Residency by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of a collaborative project on urban microclimates and air quality with the architect Doris Sung. Recently, he curated the USA Pavilion exhibition, RECKONstruct, on materials lifecycle impacts for the 2019 Milan Triennale, Broken Nature. Fortmeyer holds a BS in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and MA in Architecture from the University of California at Los Angeles.