Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED Fellow
Vice President, SmithGroupJJR
Principal in Charge, MGM National Harbor
Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED Fellow, is a Vice President at SmithGroupJJR, and is Principal in Charge and Leader of Sustainable Design for the MGM National Harbor project. He is widely regarded as a national thought leader on sustainable practices, helping guide the profession and SmithGroupJJR clients toward a balanced planning approach that views efficient use of resources as integral components of quality design. Active with the US Green Building Council since 1994, Perry helped write the LEED Green Building Rating System for Core and Shell buildings. He is a founding board member for the Health Product Declaration Collaborative – an organization committed to the improvement of the building industry’s environmental and health performance. In 2015, Perry was named a LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification, Inc., honored for his outstanding work as a LEED Professional and significant contributions to the green building community at large.
Since joining SmithGroupJJR in 2003, he has contributed to dozens of LEED projects, guiding teams in the smart and strategic application of LEED. In addition to the MGM National Harbor resort and casino, among his notable projects is Sutter Health’s $2.1 billon California Pacific Medical Center Van Ness and Geary hospital, under construction in San Francisco with a late 2018 completion expected.
Perry earned a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, preceded by a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.