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


ARKIN-TILT ARCHITECTS, Berkeley, California Straw bale and rammed earth construction; passive and active solar; nontoxic and recycled materials.
(510) 528-9830; 


BAKER-LAPORTE & ASSOCIATES, Tesuque, New Mexico Baubiologie; nontoxic building materials; energy-efficient systems; ecologically sensitive land use.
(505) 989-1813; 


LIVING ARCHITECTURE, Ketchum, Idaho Passive solar; radiant heating and cooling; nontoxic materials; European breathing walls.
(208) 726-3691; 

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