Top 10 Green Architects


| July/August 2005



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 






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