Ecological architects partner with nature to design homes that blend with their sites, provide healthy environments and preserve natural resources. Here are ten of our favorites.
To compile this list of trend-setting architects across the nation, Natural Home editors looked at the following criteria:
• Breadth and depth of experienc with a deep history in green building
• Attention to climate, context,culture, and vernacular
• Holistic perspective: linking ofhumans and environment
• Understanding economics of building; keeping costs down
• Emphasis on healthy building
• Understanding of how houses are built and working with builders
• Attention to occupants’ comfort, health, spiritual well-being, and enjoyment
1. DAVID ARKIN AND ANNI TILT
ARKIN-TILT ARCHITECTS, Berkeley, California Straw bale and rammed earth construction; passive and active solar; nontoxic and recycled materials.
(510) 528-9830; www.ArkinTilt.com
2. PAULA BAKER-LAPORTE
BAKER-LAPORTE & ASSOCIATES, Tesuque, New Mexico Baubiologie; nontoxic building materials; energy-efficient systems; ecologically sensitive land use.
(505) 989-1813; www.BakerLaporte.com
3. DALE BATES
LIVING ARCHITECTURE, Ketchum, Idaho Passive solar; radiant heating and cooling; nontoxic materials; European breathing walls.
(208) 726-3691; www.LivArch.com
4. DARREL DEBOER
DEBOER ARCHITECTS, Alameda, California Simplifying structure; reducing cost of building naturally; bamboo and straw bale structures.
(510) 865-3669; www.DeBoerArchitects.com
5. KEN HAGGARD AND POLLY COOPER
SAN LUIS SUSTAINABILITY GROUP, Santa Margarita, California Natural forms; passive solar; fractal geometry; off-grid, straw bale, cohousing.
(805) 438-4452; www.SLOSustainability.com
6. MARY KRAUS AND LAURA FITCH
KRAUS-FITCH ARCHITECTS, Amherst, Massachusetts Cohousing and sustainable communities; ecologically and socially relevant design; LEED accredited.
(413) 549-5799; www.KrausFitch.com
7. KELLY LERNER
ONE WORLD DESIGN, Spokane, Washington Energy efficiency; nontoxic materials; straw bale; earthen plasters; solar; straw bale projects in rural Asia.
(509) 838-8812; 8 www.One-World-Design.com
8. HENRY YORKE MANN
Oliver, British Columbia Honors practical and spiritual needs of owners and building sites.
(250) 498-4766; www.HenryYorkeMann.com
9. MARLEY PORTER
LIVING ARCHITECTURE AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, Horseshoe Bay, Texas Spaces that enrich the spirit; healthy, durable, low-maintenance materials.
(830) 598-9300; www.LivingArchitecture.com
10. DAN ROCKHILL
ROCKHILL AND ASSOCIATES, Lawrence, Kansas Designs that rise from the land; salvaged materials and reuse; historic preservation.
(785) 864-4024; www.RockhillAndAssociates.com