Inspiration: Green Thoughts From Leading Designers

Posted by Pete Hicks on 11/17/15 11:49 AM  |  3 min read time

Whether you’re attending the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Washington, D.C. this weekend or not, we bet that designing "green" is often on your mind. That’s why we've collected some thoughts from leading architects and landscape architects to inspire you as you incorporate sustainable thinking into your workflow.

“Architecture was originally all about responding to the local environment and climate. Classic styles of architecture are in fact the result of generations of trial and error responding to a series of local challenges, the biggest one usually being climate. The challenge today is to take the best parts of historic, sustainable design and merge them with modern conveniences.”

-Nate Kipnis, FAIA, LEED BD+C, Founder and Principal of Kipnis Architecture + Planning

Check out Kipnis’ full case study, here.

Kipnis Architecture + Planning's Sturgeon Bay Home Kipnis Architecture + Planning's Sturgeon Bay Home. Photograph (C) 2014 Wayne Cable,

“For our society to become more sustainable, it has to happen from the bottom up. We have to spread the word among students, as well as educate the people at home about how sustainability affects them. We can’t keep expecting the government and big industries to make changes if we won’t.”

-Adele Ashkar, FASLA, Professor and Director of the Sustainable Landscapes Program at George Washington University

Read more about Ashkar’s recent elevation to ASLA Fellow for her work in education and sustainability, here.

Ashkar's GroW Community Plan for the area surrounding George Washington University Ashkar's GroW Community Plan for the area surrounding George Washington University. Image courtesy of Adele Ashkar.

“The passive and active energy strategies appropriate to an architectural design are expressions of the climate it inhabits. The most direct way to determine the effectiveness of a given strategy or which design approach to use is to pull data from your model. I use a custom rainwater harvesting tool that calculates the optimum rainwater tank size for a given project based on derived roof area and rainfall data. Similarly, I use a worksheet tool to calculate approximate airflow for a thermal chimney, passive ventilation, and cooling based on the stack effect.”

-François Lévy, AIA, Author and Partner, Lévy Kohlhaas Architecture

Explore Lévy’s use of Vectorworks Architect software to create more energy-efficient buildings, here.

Lévy's design for Hope House Lévy's design for Hope House. Image courtesy of Lévy Kohlhaas Architecture.

“I’m passionate about the challenges that human beings are facing globally in terms of our environment, and I want to help cities grow in a sustainable way. Cities are in a rapid state of change that is as big as the Industrial Revolution. The software we use has to be intelligent in terms of our carbon footprint modeling. With intelligent BIM, smart symbols, and coordinated worksheets, Vectorworks software gives us the ability to make this happen.”

-Adrian McGregor, Managing Director of McGregor Coxall

Learn more about McGregor’s urban planning and landscape design work by reading his case study, here.

McGregor Coxall's Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy McGregor Coxall's Parramatta River Urban Design Strategy. Image courtesy of McGregor Coxall.

If you’re in the D.C. area this weekend, stop by our booth (#3721) to learn how Vectorworks software can help you make sustainability a priority in your design process. While at our booth, catch a demo of our software's new Energos tool, which provides an integrated gauge of a building's energy efficiency, grab some free Vectorworks gear, and enter to win a Dahon Vybe D7 folding bike. Hope to see you there!

Topics: Adele Ashkar, Adrian McGregor, Architecture, François Lévy, Greenbuild 2015, Lévy Kohlhaas Architecture, Vectorworks Architect, 3D Modeling, Case Study, Community, Energos, Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, inspiration, Kipnis Architecture + Planning, Landmark, Landscape, McGregor Coxall, Nate Kipnis, trade shows, Vectorworks 2016

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