Bahar Armaghani is a faculty at College of Design, Construction and Planning at University of Florida (UF). She is also the Director of Green Building Learning Collaborative program. She established UF’s LEED program including LEED-EB; O+M portfolio and served as director for twelve years. Since 2003, she administered over 100 LEED BD+C, ID+C, Schools, Retail, and Homes Projects at UF and outside including six LEED Platinum certified buildings and first in the state of Florida. Her role in administering university projects saved the university over $5.3 million since the program established.
In 2010, under her leadership, the University’s LEED program was voted number one in the country in building LEED projects.
Since 2006, she developed and teaching graduate and undergraduate level courses on sustainable design, construction and operation. She advocated the integration of LEED into the curriculum.
In fall of 2014, she started LEED Lab at University of Florida bridging the gap between education and operation arms of the university and utilizing university as a laboratory for learning.
Bahar is one the three LEED Fellows in the state of Florida. She has been active with USGBC locally, nationally and internationally. She is USGBC Faculty since 2007. In 2005, she established USGBC Heart of Florida Chapter and served as president for four years. She served on the Board of Directors for USGBC Central Florida chapter and USGBC Florida and the Caribbean Region.
Bahar has been heavily involved with USGBC since 2003. She has served on various committees, task forces, and as a subject matter expert. She is currently serving on USGBC’s Education and Events committee, LEED Advisory Committee, and a Pro-Reviewer for USGBC education courses.
Bahar has served as an international advisor, and introduced green buildings and LEED rating system to the public and private sectors in Jordan, Republic of Georgia, and Iraq including universities in these countries. She has delivered green building design, construction, and operation workshops in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sweden, and Singapore. She played a leading role in establishing the Jordan Green Building Council. Most recently, she established Kurdistan Green Building Interest group.
In addition to her leadership in sustainability, Bahar served as an Assistant Director and major Project Manager at University of Florida’s Planning, Design and Construction Division for over a decade completing over 35 projects with a total budget of $330 million. She also, initiated and lead UF’s rebate and 179D programs generating additional funding to the university.
Bahar is a University of Florida graduate with a MS in Civil Engineering and BS in Environmental Engineering.