Zack Semke

Zack Semke

Seattle, WA, US



Zack is Chief Marketing Officer at NK Architects, a Seattle and Pittsburgh-based architecture firm dedicated to accelerating the clean energy transition through zero carbon building design. He studied human biology, with a focus on human ecology, at Stanford University (BA, ’93). Since then he’s worked as a policy advocate for progressive regional planning, a developer and leader of nonprofit community organizations, a taiko (Japanese drum) musician, and an evangelist for Passive House construction.

Zack is author of the e-book, “On Buildings, Swans, and the Power of Arithmetic.”


Zack's Featured Articles on Archinect

How Passive House Design Can Propel the Clean Energy Transition in Architecture, Wed, Jun 21 '17

With reversals in US climate policy underway and a US exit from the Paris Agreement announced for 2020, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the clean energy transition is already underway. The potentially exponential forces of market transformation that this transition could release offer ...

How Passive House Design Can Propel the Clean Energy Transition in Architecture


Landscape Institute (now BAC), Cambridge, MA, US, Graduate Certificate in Landscape Design

Faculty Award of Excellence.

Aug 2005 - May 2007

Stanford University, Stanford, CA, US, Bachelors, Human Biology

Concentration in Human Ecology. Degree conferred "With Distinction."

Sep 1989 - Jun 1993

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