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Russell Fortmeyer

As Woods Bagot’s global sustainability leader, Russell leads the firm’s response to climate change a6nd ecological imperatives across our operations, culture, and projects.

Trained as both an engineer and architect, his career encompasses sustainable practices at all scales, including large-scale urban master plans, climate action plans for cities, sustainability management planning, and sustainability certifications for commercial office, residential, mixed-use buildings, hospitals, airports, and museums. Russell has taught environmental systems at the SCI-ARc since 2011, where his courses focus on urban microclimates, circular economy approaches to design, and zero carbon architecture.

His research includes a 2014 book on façade design, Kinetic Architecture, and a 2016 Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation to advance his study of air quality in urban public spaces.

As a lead sustainability consultant, Russell’s relevant built work prior to joining Woods Bagot features two LEED for Neighborhood Development-certified mixed-use multi-family residential projects, including Ivy Station in Culver City, CA, which connects directly to LA’s Exposition Line light rail. In 2019, Russell led the technical team for the Green New Deal for the City of Los Angeles, which mapped a pathway to zero emissions by 2050. He has a BS in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University and an MA in Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles.