Jean von Bargen Root, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, PMP

Architect | Director of Sustainability

When I landed at MWA Architects in 2002, I found a firm whose mission aligned with mine. Social justice and sustainable communities are a priority. Now I have a role as the firm’s first ever Director of Sustainability. This is a position taken on with deliberate intention.

Over the past two decades MWA has embraced the various and emerging sustainable certification options available like LEED TM or Living Building TM. We are now moving forward with understanding what sustainability means for MWA as a firm, as stewards of the environment, as human beings, and in the way we design.

It is my job to ask questions and push the “we” of MWA to challenge ourselves and arrive at a point where we understand how we can better sustain the planet. Where is the opportunity? Everywhere! There is nothing but opportunity to serve in the broad spectrum of our project types like: housing, water treatment facilities, fire stations, public offices, airports, marine support, interpretive centers, memory care, and permanent supportive housing. All people are deserving of quality design and healthy spaces.

I am proud to be leading the charge of sustainability as we go forward. MWA’s identity is evolving with focus on materials, energy, water, and social justice. These are our shared priorities at MWA and I am committed to work on focusing how we evolve this in practice in 2020 and beyond.

Jean Von Bargen-Root



  • American Institute of Architects
  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional - Building Design + Construction
  • Project Management Professional
  • International Living Future Institute Member
  • National Organization of Minority Architects