Sustainability

Designing for a Sustainable Future

We believe good design is empathetic, honest, beautiful, useful, and resilient. Sustainable design can be all of these things, but at its core is resiliency.

So, how do we get there?

"As architects, we are among those on the front line in both responsibility and leadership when creating built spaces. The sustainability of the buildings we design—both in their initial creation, and their ongoing energy-appetites—requires our consistent commitment and creativity."

Cara Weber
Cara Weber
Partner / Co-Founder

We work to make resiliency a reality.

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Our Commitment

To put our commitment into action, we’ve developed a Sustainability Action Plan that outlines our path to achieving carbon-neutral buildings and a sustainable future by 2030 as a signatory firm of the AIA’s 2030 commitment. We’ve established five focus categories to structure our standards, goals, and ambitions, aligning your project with best practices.

Internal standards (like in-house energy modeling) ensure that energy efficiency and sustainability are at the forefront of our designs. Our action plan includes specific and achievable design strategies and performance criteria that we aim to apply to projects with the goal of learning from the process.

 

 

We’re not stopping at standards and goals. In the spirit of optimism on what design can achieve, we identify what we call our ‘ambitions’ – those goals that may be stretching for our designs, our clients, the industry, and the market. Finding and creatively designing net zero energy and carbon neutral projects sit squarely within our list of ambitions we keep forefront. Each of our projects is staffed with a dedicated sustainability advocate who empowers the team and clients with knowledge and resources to make high-impact decisions at the right time in the project that align with client goals and positively benefit them.

A more resilient future is in our hands, and we–as architects and designers of the built environment–are dedicated to advocate for solutions. We make the ethical and necessary changes for our built environment that will positively impact communities for generations to come.

Read our Sustainability Action Plan:

view it here

"Everything we do in our profession impacts the built environment--from the building site to the overall life cycle of the materials and products we choose. For me, sustainability is about making the ethical and necessary changes for our designs that will impact our environment long after I am done being an architect."

Reva Derhammer
Reva Derhammer
Architect
Sustainability