AIA, WELL AP
"I am wired mentally to connect everything I observe, so I will often find the most mundane things very intriguing. That is one reason I love the business and practice of architecture more than the end product itself."
Prem Sundharam is an internationally recognized thought leader on sustainability and evidence-based design. As the firm’s Global Sustainability Leader, he collaborates with design teams to develop long-term strategies for a more environmentally responsible design practice. He is also an integral part of the DLR Group R&D Studio, working to ensure that the outcomes and learnings of research initiatives are ultimately applied by integrated design teams in each client sector.
Prem has served on the board of USGBC Arizona Chapter and has been recognized as an emerging leader by the Design Futures Council in 2014. He is a Certified Energy Manager, a certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, and has taught courses on net-zero energy design and simulation.
"Innovation is not invention. Innovation is very contextual and when a borrowed idea is applied, that continual improvement process evolves our understanding of the challenge, which then allows us to ask better questions. We must strive to innovate in every aspect of design.”
After receiving a civil engineering degree from Bharathiar University, Prem came to the United States to study architecture at Iowa State University. He received his Master of Architecture in 2004 and joined DLR Group that same year. Prem played an instrumental leadership role to ensure DLR Group was an early and notable signatory of The 2030 Commitment. As an architect with an engineering background, he is a passionate advocate for sustainability and the aims of Architecture 2030.