Lisa Laue interviewed on NOVEDGE blog

H+A designer and BIM Manager Lisa Laue was interviewed recently by NOVEDGE for their blog on design software.   Lisa has worked at H+A since graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and discusses some of the projects she’s worked on here.  She explains how she approaches sustainable design in her work, as well as her view of what is good design, the role of design in society, and what it’s like to work at Hamilton+Aitken Architects. 

Read the whole interview at 

Greenbuild 2016

Looking forward to attending the Greenbuild Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, October 5 - Amy Fisher AIA and I will present results of our case study to make existing schools achieve net zero energy and water at the conference.  We will be part of a larger panel of all the 7x7x7 design firms, moderated by Chet Widom FAIA, our state architect, and Tim Fulvahouse FAIA, a wonderful critic and editor.

Amy Fisher AIA – Associate

Amy Fisher AIA  - Associate

Amy Fisher AIA  - Associate

Hamilton+Aitken Architects is pleased to announce that Amy Fisher AIA has been named an Associate in our firm.  Amy has demonstrated design and leadership ability in her work with our office, notably in our case study demonstrating how existing school buildings can move toward a net-zero energy and water future while enhancing education.  In leading the research and design team for 7x7x7 DesignEnergyWater, she motivated her team to produce a compelling study and presentation, and went on to tour the state presenting the work to important stakeholders.   Her diverse experience and ability to work with clients at all levels of project development helps us provide excellent design solutions that serve our clients.

A native of Sacramento, Amy is a California licensed architect and a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and the University of Oregon, where she earned her masters degree. 

Please join us in congratulating Amy!

7x7x7 Design Energy Water on YouTube

The final "call to action" presentation for the 7x7x7 Design Energy Water is is posted on YouTube - you can see our part of the presentation HERE, and watch Amy Fisher enjoy a glass of water as she discusses ways to move existing school buildings toward zero-net water usage.  Aaron Wintersmith of Capital Engineering joined us to describe how schools can save energy and transition their heating systems away from fossil fuel use.  And I discussed how we can provide the benefit of natural daylighting in classrooms while avoiding glare and solar heat gain.

It's all about establishing a net-zero transition plan – probably most school districts cannot afford to make every existing school net-zero energy and water all at once.  But we can plan to spend a little bit more on every school modernization to get us closer to the goal.  For example, installing separate water supply piping for toilet fixtures, so that later they can be connected to a non-potable water source – or installing dual drain systems, to create a gray water system that can be easily recycled for non-potable uses.  

There are many things we can do to reduce energy and water use, if we plan now.  Planning now to transition to net-zero will save enormous cost later – think of the cost to prevent high water intrusion into the lagoon in Venice, Italy ($6.1 billion) – what would a similar system across the Golden Gate cost?

Business of Creativity – New School Architecture

Stan Rostas and Chad Hamilton discuss the business of creativity, focusing on new school architecture. Stan's firm is located in Charlotte, NC, while Chad's firm practices in the San Francisco Bay Area, and both firms design schools in their respective regions.

“Right now there’s a whole lot of innovation happening in the way people teach,” says Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED AP, principal at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “And it’s really interesting as an architect to contribute to that and to learn about it.” Watch Hamilton and Stanley Rostas, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, founding principal at Shook Kelley, in this 30-minute discussion about the opportunities and challenges involved in designing spaces for students in the latest installment of the Business of Creativity video series, New School Architecture.

New H+A Website Goes Live!

We just went online with a whole new website – please take look!  The new site is built around the Squarespace engine, which we hope will allow us to keep the website more current, as well as to include more content that might be interesting to our clients and colleagues in related fields.

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