Project Description

Marisa Zylkowski

Senior sustainability consultant
LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, Associate AIA, LFA, Fitwel ambassador

As a sustainability consultant at Rushing, Marisa manages sustainability protocol pursuits for developers and architects of commercial, multifamily midrise and high rise and public projects. This includes the LEED, Built Green, Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard and Living Building Challenge protocols. She works to deliver top quality services, reports and feasibility assessments for projects of all types and all scales. Focusing on the needs of the client first, Marisa’s leadership provides both small-scale attention to detail and big-picture thinking focused on the end goal.

Marisa has taken many roles in her career, including owner’s representative on construction projects, project manager for tenant improvements and creative strategist for comprehensive community outreach. With sustainability as a core value of practice, Marisa’s philosophy is rooted in using design as a tool for positive change for both the natural and human-made environments. She previously worked with project teams around the world taking the lead in applying concepts of net positive energy and water, micro-mobility, urban agriculture and equitable place in developing living buildings and living communities. She co-authored the Living Building Challenge Framework for Affordable Housing and was interviewed by The Urbanist for the 2016 Women Shaping Seattle series.

Marisa has a B.S. in architectural studies from Washington State University.

Community service
Executive Board, Design in Public (host of the Seattle Design Festival)
Living future ambassador
Board of Directors, AIA Seattle (2015–2019)
Co-chair, Urban Design Forum, AIA Seattle (2013–2016)