Gary J. Coates is Professor of Architecture at Kansas State University and an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor. A keynote speaker, lecturer and workshop leader at more than one hundred conferences in the United States and Europe, Coates has been widely recognized for decades as a leading voice in the movement to create sustainable buildings, cities and bioregions based on climatically adapted and culturally situated architectures of place. His numerous publications have appeared in a variety of anthologies as well as leading scholarly and professional journals. His six books include: Resettling America: Energy, Ecology and Community, which was nominated for the 1981Transformational Book Award; Erik Asmussen, architect, which won the 1997 Svensk Bokkonst Award from the Royal Swedish Library,and; The Architecture of Carl Nyrén, which is the first book on Sweden’s most important architect of the second half of the twentieth century.
Since 2007 Coates has been researching and writing about sustainable urbanism in Germany. He has presented a number of papers at international conferences about the sustainable urban district of Kronsberg, Hannover and he has written a chapter on that model community for a recently published book on sustainability. He is currently doing research on the sustainable urban district of Vauban in “Solar City Freiburg” and has written a paper on that community, which will soon appear in a special issue of the International Journal of Design and Nature on sustainable urbanism.