Harmonize with the Site
Build as Little as Possible
Passive Survivability
Resource Efficiency
Connectivity + Delight
Esalen Terrace
Harmonize with the Site

Integrating native ecology, climate and context

bowling alley table
Build as Little as Possible

Smaller buildings are inherently less energy- and resource- intensive

active solar in eastern sierras
Passive Survivability

Creating buildings that heat and cool themselves and generate electricity

  • The newly opened LEED-certified building beautifully models so many of the lessons we endeavor to teach our students (ecological design, creative reuse, greywater, passive solar, photovoltaics, solar thermal, living roofs, rainwater catchment and responsible waste management) with a great sense of style and accessibility.

  • ...with 103 degrees outside, the interior at Ideagarden was a cool 73.  Guests were stunned that there was no AC

  • Anni and David are excellent at eliciting one's inner wishes/ dreams and then translating those thoughts into a design. …They understand the sun. While I'd like to believe all architects are equal in that respect, they just are not.

El Cerrito Natural Grocery storefront
Resource Efficiency

Maximizing material reuse, recycling and resourcefulness

Connectivity + Delight

Making lyrical connections to the natural world