Doug Cooper specializes in sustainable and energy-conserving architecture with McKibben + Cooper Architects and has been a pioneer in the promotion of sustainable building practices and LEED in the state of Idaho. Among other projects, Doug has designed four Head Start preschools, the Barber Park Administration building, the Alzar School, the Hayes and Heights Residences, and three Ada County Paramedics stations to improve energy use up to 44% above code, as well as featuring radiant heat and evaporative cooling systems, green roofs, exhaust air heat recovery systems, natural daylighting, and healthy, sustainable materials. The Barber Park facility, Hayes and Heights Residences, and Paramedic Station 38 received LEED certification (Gold for the Paramedic Station and Heights Residence, and Platinum for the Hayes Residence), and certification for Paramedics Station 17 is pending. Doug won the inaugural Betterbricks award for Idaho architects from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance in 2004.
Several of Doug's projects have received AIA Idaho design awards, including the Meridian Head Start, Barber Park facility, and the Alzar School. Several have also received Idaho Smart Growth awards, including the Heights Residence, BSU Transportation projects, and Lloyd Square in Nampa.
Doug is a founding board member of the Idaho Chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and works with that organization to promote the adoption of sustainable building practices and the LEED standard by the state and municipalities in Idaho, as well as the private sector. He currently serves as board chair for 2014-15.
Doug was a Boise Planning and Zoning Commissioner from 2004-12 and served as Design Review Committee liaison. During his service he assisted in the creation of Blueprint Boise, the city's new Comprehensive Plan, which includes many new sustainable planning guidelines.
Doug received a Masters Degree in Architecture from Yale University where his study of sustainable architecture began, and has practiced architecture in Idaho, California, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New Hampshire. He is a national and local member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), a LEED accredited professional, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and a member of the Idaho Conservation League, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.