We are mindful of the ecological, financial, and operational impacts of our work and want our legacy to be responsible, resilient architecture that serves our clients and communities.

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Our sustainable design approach reflects our mission to demonstrate innovation in the context of tradition: we combine valuable lessons of the past, like passive conditioning techniques, with innovative new methods for evaluating and furthering the performance of our buildings. Our stewardship must consider the ecological, financial, and operational impacts of our work and its legacy for future generations.

We signed the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2030 Commitment, a voluntary pledge to pursue carbon neutrality that requires signatories to document their proposed approach through a Sustainability Action Plan (SAP). Our SAP is a living document that goes beyond carbon neutrality to include health-related elements of sustainable design, climate-resilience, and equity, as well as addressing our firm’s operations since we believe it is important to embody the sustainable, inclusive, and equitable world we work to design.

Our Pledge

CARBON

Passive design strategies and sustainable material specifications help us reduce carbon emissions. New software is enabling us to more accurately model the impact of our designs to meet our carbon emissions goals.

HEALTH

We specify products that decrease health hazards at every step of a product’s lifecycle, from production through disposal, and consider the mental state of building occupants by providing adequate daylight, views, fresh air, and thermal comfort, which also enhance occupants’ well-being and performance.

RESILIENCE

To better assist clients seeking to maximize the resilience of their physical plant, we are pursuing tested strategies: using renewable energy sources to provide adequate emergency power, high-performance building envelope design, eliminating fossil fuels from systems design, and reducing water usage.

BUILDING LESS

By harnessing the embodied energy in existing buildings and making them more energy and space-efficient, we get the most out of what’s already built and avoid the environmental impact of new construction. This strategy often has the additional benefit of preserving history and heritage.