National Academy of Environmental Design Signs Funding Agreement, Opens Search for Executive Director

Date: August 9, 2012

President, National Academy of Environmental Design
Dean, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
Tel: 512-471-1922

Austin, Texas – The National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) has signed an agreement with the Spotsylvania County, Va., Board of Supervisors to open its first permanent office and launch start-up operations in 2013. With agreement the NAED has also opened a search for a permanent executive director to lead the organization.

The NAED’s agreement with the County, through its Economic Development Authority (EDA), is part of a multi-organization partnership to develop a world-class facility for research, product design and manufacturing, policy development, and related educational activities in Spotsylvania.

The NAED is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose purpose is to help public agencies, private companies, and citizens address pressing needs related to the design, construction, and stewardship of built and natural environments.

The NAED was founded by a coalition of national organizations in architecture, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, interior design, and affiliated multidisciplinary organizations. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP) was among the NAED’s founding group of organizations and is represented on the NAED Governing Council by Tridib Banerjee from the University of Southern California.

The NAED’s purpose was crafted using the model of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine, which serve the nation by high-quality, objective advice on science, engineering, and health matters.

Frederick Steiner, president of the NAED commented, "We are extremely grateful for all the support and leadership of Spotsylvania County. Their belief in our vision and partnership along with LDP’s allows the NAED to fulfill a critical need to provide the necessary expertise and leadership in creating a more sustainable and livable environments, not only in Spotsylvania but across the world.”

The NAED’s office will open in 2013 in Spotsylvania at the Center for Sustainability and Green Technologies in Ni Village, a sustainable mixed-use development master planned and funded by Luck Development Partners (LDP), the real estate affiliate of Luck Companies.

The NAED’s search for an executive director now begins. Nominations and letters of interest are encouraged for a professional capable of leading the organization’s start up activities and building on the NAED coalition’s resources in environmental design research. The position announcement is available on the NAED’s website,

NAED and LDP have worked with the University of Mary Washington and Spotsylvania County for more than two years to plan the opening of the Center for Sustainability and Green Technologies.

The partnership between NAED and LDP grew out of the organizations’ shared values of creativity, leadership, commitment and integrity. Charlie Luck, owner of LDP and president/chief executive officer of Luck Companies, commented, “We have a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others and with NAED’s and the County’s leadership, we can make this a reality through sustainable design practices.”

Eileen Dahlstedt, general manager of LDP, shared, “NAED will serve as the core think tank for Smith’s Mill Education Center (SMEC) at Ni Village and the impetus for creating an industry cluster for the County surrounding green technologies, environmental innovation and research and development.” Dahlstedt added. “NAED, the County and SMEC will represent some of the most leading edge thinking and thinkers in the United States in the area of sustainability and green building concepts.”

About the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED):  Created by more than 20 nonprofit organizations, the National Academy of Environmental Design (NAED) represents more than 500,000 members. People involved in NAED activities come from both industry and academia and are among the world’s most knowledgeable in their field. The NAED membership provides the leadership and expertise required to accomplish complex research projects on issues such as climate change, resource depletion, and energy security. The existing National Academies arose during times of extreme need for the nation—the Civil War, the Space Race—and the NAED is developing in similar fashion. To learn more, visit

About Luck Development Partners (LDP):  An affiliate of Luck Companies, Luck Development Partners, LLC resolves to integrate and highlight natural, historical and environmental elements into the design of its real estate projects. The LDP team upholds both an ethical standard of environmental sustainability and aspirations of enhancing the lives of those in our communities. For more information on Luck Development Partners, visit or

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