Architect and environmental advocate Edward Mazria is the winner of the inaugural Hanley Award for Vision and Leadership in Sustainable Housing, sponsored by the Hanley Foundation, EcoHome magazine, and Hanley Wood.

From his award-winning architectural work in the 1970s, to his teaching at universities across the country, to his founding seven years ago of the influential nonprofit group Architecture 2030, Mazria has demonstrated "extraordinary, lasting, and far-reaching contributions to the advancement of sustainable housing in the United States," according to the awards announcement.

Mazria will receive a $50,000 prize—the largest ever established for advancing sustainable housing—in November at the USGBC Hanley Award Dinner, held during the U.S. Green Building Council's 2009 Residential Summit at the Greenbuild expo in Phoenix.

The panel of judges for the inaugural award: Michael J. Hanley, co-founder and retired CEO of Hanley Wood and the president of the Hanley Foundation; Frank Anton, CEO of Hanley Wood; Steven Winter, environmental building pioneer and president of Steven Winter Associates; Sarah Susanka, architect and author of the best-selling "Not So Big House" and "Home By Design" book series; and Allison Ewing, sustainable design architect and principal of Hays + Ewing Design Studio.