Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art to Feature Talk by Peter Ozolins, Ph.D., Architect and Leader in Sustainable Development Internationally


Nov. 15, 2017

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art presents a lecture on sustainable design in response to local cultures and climates as exemplified by the work, scholarship, and experience of Peter Ozolins on Friday, December 1, at 4 p.m. in Chaplin Hall Gallery.

Sponsored by the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation, all lecture series events are free and open to the public. This lecture is co-sponsored by Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement.

Ozolins earned his Bachelor of Architectural Studies at the University of Illinois in 1976 and a Master of Architecture at the University of Minnesota in 1983. With more than 20 years of field experience in Minnesota, Virginia, Madagascar and Tanzania, he established his own architectural firm in 1998. Ozolins completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Design and Planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University in 2010 on the topic of sustainability in developing countries.

Ozolins’ work in the U.S. is primarily focused on university projects but also includes the design of residential and commercial projects. He resided in Tanzania and Madagascar for nine years, where he designed education and health-related development projects such as Guest Flats for the Dodoma Christian Medical Center, Tsimbazaza Biodiversity Center in Antananarivo, and the International Biodiversity Training Center in Ranomafana, both in Madagascar. Ozolins has also been involved with international development including work for USAID-sponsored projects in Madagascar, for UNESCO in Iraq and for various non-governmental organizations in Malawi, Kenya and Ghana.

By associating with other architects for domestic and international commissions, Ozolins has endeavored to work across a broader range and scale of projects than would otherwise be possible. Throughout a diverse practice, Ozolins has received numerous awards for green building design and has established himself as a leader in the field. For more information, see

The Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation is a philanthropic organization that supports cancer research, education, volunteerism, and other charitable endeavors.

Norwich University’s School of Architecture + Art is the only National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) accredited architecture school in northern New England.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

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