10 Influential Green Architects

Peter Busby

Considered Canada's leading green architect, Peter Busby was named managing director of the San Francisco office of Perkins + Will -- a large, international architecture firm known for its sustainable projects -- in April 2012. Long before Busby joined forces with Perkins + Will in 2004, though, he was seeing green; Busby's mentor was sustainability guru Ray Cole, and Busby preaches that green design is always part of good design. Busby also co-founded the Canada Green Building Council and tries to devote 20 percent of his time to environmental advocacy [source: Keegan, Weeks].

Busby has worked on a wide variety of projects during his career, including such notables as Dockside Green, a mixed-use community in Victoria, B.C., the 2012 VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre and The Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, which opened in 2011 [source: PR Newswire]. In the last decade he received two AIA Committee on the Environment Top 10 Awards (one of which was for Dockside Green), an AIA "What Makes It Green?" Award (again, for Dockside Green). In 2009 and 2010, he was recognized as one of Canada's top 50 green employers [source: Weeks].