Co-Founder + Chief Executive Officer

Mariana is an expert in communicating the industry’s movement towards a better understanding of building science. She translates data, results, and needs into stories that help shift the mentality of the construction industry towards change. She manages strategic partnerships that help approach the issue from many sides, has worked with the Presidential Climate Action Plan, and is the elected Chair of the Denver Chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.


  • 2008 Master of Design Science in Sustainable Design
    University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
    Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • 2003 Semester program at Royal Danish Academy of Architecture
    DIS Program, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2003 Summer program at Santa Reparata School of Arts (Florence, Italy)
  • 2000 Primary education at The Hockaday School (Dallas, Texas, USA)


  • Accredited LEED AP BD+C via USGBC
  • Board of Directors member for Colorado Renewable Energy Society
  • Chair of Metro Denver Chapter of CO Renewable Energy Society
  • Co-Founder of Passive House Rocky Mountains


Mariana G Pickering
CEO of Emu Systems