Negar Badri, Ph.D. Candidate, MArch, LEED GA, Co-Founder and Director


Negar Badri is a Ph.D. Candidate in Environmental Design with a specialty in building Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and energy simulation. In addition to her role in BAS Carbon, Negar has worked with the building industry and applied research institutions as an architectural designer, sustainability performance analyst, and scholar. In her roles, she has operated and coordinated building initiatives with a focus on high-performance, low carbon, and sustainable built environment, green building certifications, embodied carbon benchmarking, and energy and environmental performance modeling.

Negar holds a master’s degree in Energy Efficiency and Architectural Engineering from the University of Tehran, and she is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental Design at the University of Calgary.

Rahman Azari, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Principal


Rahman Azari is an architect, a building scientist, and a professor of architecture with over 10 years of academic and professional experience in the fields of sustainable built environments, life cycle assessment, and building performance modeling. Rahman has published a book and more than 40 journal articles, book chapters, and peer-reviewed conference papers in his areas of expertise and has been the lead Principal Investigator in research grants funded by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Rahman also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses focused on high-performance building design, life cycle assessment, and building environmental systems.

With a background in Architecture, Dr. Azari holds a Ph.D. in Built Environment from the University of Washington in Seattle.

James Salazar, Principal


James Salazar is a widely regarded expert in the field life cycle assessment. In addition to his role with BAS Carbon, James is also the Director of EPD services with the Athena Institute and Principal of Coldstream Consulting. James has developed LCAs and EPDs for a range of building products and is a methodology advisor for Athena’s Impact Estimator for Buildings software. Mr. Salazar has also developed LCA-based calculators for concrete products and material-specific issues such as biogenic carbon.

James serves on the United States ISO technical committee (TC207) tasked with developing international standards on LCA practice. Mr. Salazar holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech and a master’s degree in Forestry from the University of British Columbia.