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Corey L Saft

Undergraduate Architecture Coordinator
School of Architecture and Design

Office: Fletcher Hall, Room 119
Phone: 337.482.5422

Corey Saft is a professor in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He teaches the graduate thesis studio and has taught seminars on building skins, sustainable development, housing, and the Historic American Building Survey (HABS). He runs his own research and sustainable design & development practice. He is a licensed architect, LEED-AP and the developer of the first certified PassiveHouse in the hot/humid zone of the American South and the first Louisiana LEED-platinum home outside of New Orleans. He is the executive director of the Louisiana Housing Lab, an affordable housing & development non-profit. In his academic work he received over $100,000 in grant funding over the previous five years and in his non-profit work he received over $900,000 in funding. He received his M.Arch in 1999 from the University of Oregon where he first studied advanced passive techniques.


Research & Recognition Highlights:

University of Louisiana, Outstanding Master’s Mentor

University of Louisiana, Eminent Scholar Award: Distinguished Professor

University of Louisiana at Lafayette summer Commencement Speaker

University of Louisiana, Sustainability Faculty Fellow

University of Louisiana, Research Excellence Award

Louisiana licensed Architect

LA Division of Historic Preservation Fund Grant: Historic American Building Survey (HABS) documentation: Richard Auction Barn (2020); Gordon Hotel (2019); Charles H Mouton House (2018); Henri Penne House (2017).

“Cellular Lightweight Fiberglass Structure: A formless Buildup Utilize Bending-Active” 2019, Barcelona, Spain. Co-PI

Saft, Corey. “Loose in the South, Air Flow & The Evolution of a Subtropical Passive House Strategy.“ in Natural Ventilation and Thermal Behavior of Historical and Contemporary Building Envelopes, 13th Conference on Advanced Building Skins, Bern, Switzerland, 2018.

Featured Speaker: “The Unknown and Unpredictable - Design Mind for a Culture of Civility.” National Endowment for the Humanities, Rebirth Grant: Re-Imagining Civil Society colloquium. 2018.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities Rebirth Grant Narrative: Re-Imagining Civil Society.  Featured Speaker: Design Thinking and Seeing the World as It Is

“Global Sustainability and Design Entrepreneurship” Presentation
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Global sustainability (G.S.) Community of Interest.

Founder and Executive Director, Louisiana Housing Lab, Inc.
A 501(c)3 non-profit housing development corporation with the dual mission of affordable housing and research in collaboration with UL Lafayette Department of Architecture.

SaftArchitecture, Principal

  • Enterprise Green Communities certification
  • LEED Platinum certification
  • Passive House certification
  • AIA SW Louisiana Award of Merit
  • Honorable Mention in the Green Housing category 19th Annual Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Awards

AIA Walter Wagner Forum Competition winner

Fulbright-Hays Scholar/Group Project in China

“Passive Buildings in the US with a Special Focus on Hot & Humid Climate Solutions." AIA Austin/Building Enclosure Council (BEC: Austin). Keynote Speaker

“Does PassiveHouse have a Home in the Deep South?." ACSA Subtropical Cities 2013 Fall Conference. 2013. Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Work Referenced By Others: Books

Kwok, Allison, D. Corner, J. Fillinger. Passive House Details: Solutions for High Performance Design, 1st Edition Routledge, New York. 2017. Featured as a case study.

Cotterell, Janet and A. Dadeby. The Passivehaus Handbook: A Practical Guide to Constructing and Retrofitting Buildings for Ultra-Low Energy Performance. UIT Cambridge Ltd., 2012. p. 26. Featured example.

James, Mary. Recreating the American Home: The Passive House Approach. San Francisco: LowCarbonProductions, 2010. Print, lead chapter. Lead chapter case study.

“PANEL: Widening the Pipeline of the Profession: Creating an Equitable and Diverse Profession.” ACSA Administrators Conference November, Providence, RI. 2013. Organizer and moderator.

“Hot, Humid and Still Cool”, invited reprint Aspen Publishers, Energy Design Update (EDU) Vol. 32, No. 11, 2012.

Architectural Record| McGraw-Hill Construction , “Low Energy, but High Impact.”, Continuing Education Center.” n.d., 2011.

Solar Today magazine of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), “Passive House, Aggressive Conservation.” 2011. Cover story.

Scientific America “New “Peel and Stick” Solar Panels Could Turn Ordinary Buildings into Power Dynamos.” July 2010. Energy & Sustainability Edition.

USA Today, ‘Best green homes of 2010? You may be surprised.” USA Today Green House. 2011. Selected in Best Green Home category.