Gary Pivo

Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning

Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Dr. Gary Pivo works in the areas of responsible property investing, urban form, and sustainable cities. Previously, Dr. Pivo was Dean of the Graduate College, Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. In 2003 he was recognized as Administrator of the Year by the UA Graduate and Professional Student Council. He has also served as Chair of the Department of Urban Design and Planning and Director of the Interdisciplinary Group for the PhD in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. Professor Pivo has published extensively on responsible property investing, less auto dependent urban form, and sustainable urbanization. His research has been widely cited in scientific journals, text books, professional reports and government studies. His papers on office suburbanization, how urban form shapes travel behavior, and responsible property investing are some of the most widely cited studies in these areas. In 2012, Dr. Pivo won the prestigious Legacy Award from the American Real Estate Society Journal of Real Estate Research for his paper Income, Value, and Returns in Socially Responsible Office Properties. Recently, Dr. Pivo completed a series of papers for Fannie Mae on energy efficiency in affordable multifamily housing, how sustainability features affect default rates, a more holistic approach to the definition of affordable housing, and the relationship between walkability and mortgage default risk. One of Dr. Pivo most recent projects is a Triple Bottom Line Tool, to help communities and developers plan better economic development projects. He is currently investigating the relationship between urban sustainability features and mortgage default in collaboration with the US Federal Reserve Bank of Washington, DC. Dr. Pivo has been invited to speak at meetings convened by leading organizations and institutions including the United Nations, BOMA Intl., the US and World Green Building Councils, the National Science Foundation, the National Building Museum, the Urban Land Institute, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He was one of a small group of US land use experts invited to advise the People's Republic of China on urban development and farm land conservation. Dr. Pivo's comments on urban planning have been carried by The Economist, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio and dozens of other local and national publications. He has an extensive record of consulting and public service including work as the Special Assistant to the Governor’s Growth Strategy Commission (Washington), Co-Founder and Advisor to the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative Property Working Group, Co-Founder and President of 1000 Friends of Washington (now Futurewise) and Co-Founder of the Responsible Property Investing Center. He has served on committees for many leading organizations including the World Green Building Council, the Congress for New Urbanism, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University, and the National Institute of Building Sciences. Dr. Pivo is an alumnus of the U.S. Presidential Management Fellows Program and holds a B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from U.C., Berkeley.


  • Ph.D., City and Regional Planning, U.C. Berkeley