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Maibritt Pedersen Zari

Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Architecture, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington

Dr Pedersen Zari's research seeks to redefine sustainable architecture and urban design through mimicking ecosystems, changing the goals from sustainable to regenerative development, and integrating complex social factors into sustainable architectural design. Her current research explores how understanding ecosystem services can be used to define tangible ecology-based metrics for sustainability assessment in the urban built environment with particular regard to how climate change and continued loss of global biodiversity will affect architecture and communities. Her expertise include: urban climate resilience and adaptation in the Pacific, biophilic design, nature-based solutions, biomimicry, ecosystem services in cities, regenerative design, and urban biodiversity. Her work has been cited more than 700 times in international publications. Pedersen Zari is the author of 'Regenerative Urban Design and Ecosystem Biomimicry', Routledge, 2018, and co-author / editor of 'Ecologies Design: Transforming Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism, Routledge', forthcoming 2020.


  • 2010–present
    Lecturer, Victoria University of Wellington