WorldGBC Global Awards

Each year WorldGBC presents two major awards recognising the contributions of individuals to the global green building movement: the WorldGBC Chairman’s Award and the David Gottfried Award.

The Chairman's Award is given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the global green building movement, while the David Gottfried Award is presented to individuals whose contribution to the global green building movement has been shown to be unique, innovative and entrepreneurial. David Gottfried was an entrepreneur who originally helped to found the World Green Building Council and the US Green Building Council.

These Awards are presented at the WorldGBC Congress.


2016 Awards

The winners of the Chairman’s Award and the David Gottfried Award were announced at a ceremony held in the Golden Hall of Stockholm City Hall, the venue of the annual Nobel Prize banquet, as part of the WorldGBC Congress, Sweden, in October 2016.

Rick Fedrizzi, the outgoing CEO of the US Green Building Council and incoming CEO of The International WELL Building Institute, received the WorldGBC Chairman’s Award, together with Mayor Gregor Robertson and Deputy Mayor Andrea Reimer of the City of Vancouver.

Pierre-André de Chalendar, CEO of Saint Gobain, was awarded the David Gottfried Award.


Previous winners

WorldGBC Chairman’s Award


Paul King, Managing Director of Sustainability at Lendlease, and former CEO of the UK Green Building Council

Edward Mazria, founder and CEO of Architecture 2030

Dr John Keung, CEO of the Singapore Building and Construction Authority


Qiu Bao Xing, former Executive Vice Minister with the Chinese Government’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Development

Tony Arnel, Global Director of Sustainability at Norman Disney & Young (NDY)

Alejandro Aravena, Chilean architect and executive director of the firm ELEMENTAL S.A


Cameron Sinclair, Co-Founder of Architecture for Humanity

Dr Ray Cole, respected expert on green building rating systems and a professor and former director of the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. 


Sir Tim Smit KBE, Executive Vice Chairman and Co-founder of the Eden Project

Duygu Erten, ÇEDBİK (Turkish Green Building Council)

Mirna Terenziani, Green Building Council movement in Italy

Sadek Owainati, Former Chair of Emirates GBC and Founding Chair of the WorldGBC MENA Regional Network. 

Rachel Gutter, Director, Centre for Green Schools

Nicola Milne, founding CEO of the Green Building Council of South Africa


David Gottfried Award


Nils Kok, Founder and CEO of GRESB


Karim Elgendy, Founder and General Coordinator of sustainability advocacy initiative, Carboun


Professor Siegbert Zanettini, Brazilian architect