Max Lyon

Max Lyon

Chicago, IL, US



Lyon is a sustainability consultant at WMA in Chicago, Illinois where he manages sustainable building projects and guides designs teams through the certification process of various LEED Rating Systems. He graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology with an M.Arch in 2015 and is certified as a LEED AP with BD+C specialization. Lyon believes in sustainable design and strives to fully integrate green initiatives with modern architecture. 



WMA Consulting Engineers, Chicago, IL, US, Sustainability Consultant

Designed economical strategies for site, water- and energy-saving goals in over 40 sustainable projects

Registered, documented and certified over 50 LEED projects, including LEED Gold and LEED Platinum

Specialized in high-rise design and green strategies for new residential skyscrapers in Chicago

Analyzed and documented new construction, renovations, and interior buildouts for LEED certification

Guided owners, designers and contractors through the LEED documentation and certification processes

Processed and vetted submittals for sustainable building materials

Managed design teams' decisions as they pertained to the various levels of LEED Rating Systems

Communicated directly with the USGBC as liaison for inquiries, certification reviews and special events

Refined material vetting process for LEED and worked closely with contractors to meet sustainability goals

Created narratives and templates to streamline LEED project submission process

Assisted in specification writing for various projects' sustainable design criteria

Organized, managed and played for company softball team

Jun 2015 - current

WMA Consulting Engineers, Chicago, IL, US, Architectural Intern

Assisted LEED consultants and design teams in construction documents

Created supporting CAD documents for site analysis, floor plans & ventilation

Researched site requirements, location, existing conditions & erosion control methods

Calculated various projects' surrounding density and created site maps for LEED compliance

Reviewed construction documents with design, mechanical, and electrical teams

Prepared LEED checklists specific to each project

Oct 2014 - May 2015

The Ohio State University Knowlton School of Architecture, Columbus, OH, US, Architectural Curator

Curated digital content for the KSA and its partner sites within the Ohio State University

Designed layout & graphics of Digital Library site for the Knowlton School of Architecture (KSA)

Archived and enhanced architectural drawings, models and digital renderings

Supervised, produced and edited departmental video records of visiting lecturers and architects

Provided graphic consultation for the KSA Digital Library and KSA Media websites

Aug 2012 - Jul 2013


Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2013 - May 2015

The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US, Architecture

Aug 2012 - May 2013

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, US, Bachelors, Graphic Design

Sep 2006 - Jun 2010


IMI/OSU Masonry Competition, 1st Place


Ford Scholar, Scholarship


Areas of Specialization 


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