What does it mean to build sustainably?

We believe in architecture that is timeless, livable, and beautiful; that is radically efficient in its use of energy, water, and materials; that cultivates systemic change by supporting local economies, cooperative enterprises, and decentralized production; that creates clean energy, purifies water, provides habitat, and regenerates ecosystems; and that fosters community and social capital — the building blocks of a more equitable and democratic society.


Iowa Nest Residence

A Net Zero Energy house at conventional cost for a private client in southwest Iowa. This partially underground house will have no active cooling system and will be powered entirely by the sun. Currently under construction. More info at www.iowanest.com.

Meadow Farm

A Net Positive Energy, LEED Platinum residence and small organic farm designed by William McDonough + Partners. Carl Sterner was a core member of the design team from inception through construction and oversaw LEED certification. Architectural Record's House of the Month, March 2015. More at WM+P's website.

Reclaiming Nature's Metropolis

This dramatic re-envisioning of Chicago as a regenerative, Net Zero Energy city won a top award in the Living City Design Competition. With Rollerhaus Pictureworks & Design Studio.

Spa at Pleasant Hill

A movement against spirit/body and man/nature dualisms. The building takes an open approach to thermal comfort, relying on thermal mass, shading, and surface temperature to provide a varied and visceral experience.

Blue Ridge Residence

A passive, low-energy home in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Carl Sterner contributed to the schematic design of this project while at William McDonough + Partners.

Bldg Block Roanoke

A mixed-use, flexible building for Roanoke, Virginia. This building is about scales of change: a durable, long-lasting structure; an open, flexible floorplan; and an exterior envelope that changes with the seasons. With Lyle Solla-Yates.

Reimagining Forest Park

This proposal investigates the transformation of a 1970s suburb to a chain of walkable neighborhoods, with a focus on public space and housing types such as co-housing and suburban infill.

Cincinnati Park Comfort Stations

A winning competition entry for new Comfort Stations in the Cincinnati Parks proposed two types of units: one based on rainwater capture & reuse, the other utilizing composting toilets.

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