Staff Spotlight: Jonathan Feldman

Q: Where are you from?
I spent my first 8 years in New Haven, CT before moving to Palo Alto. We had a small river and woods behind our house in Connecticut and a creek behind our house in Palo Alto in which I spent countless hours exploring – climbing trees, collecting fireflies, and making forts. In Palo Alto, I biked everywhere, played a lot of basketball, and drove up to the mountains to ski most weekends.

Q: Where did you go to school?
I studied Astronomy and English at Amherst College in western Massachusetts. I was on the ski team and started a film-making club, which meant that I kept all the cameras and editing equipment in my dorm room. After college I returned to the Bay Area where I spent some time on a residential construction crew, took film-making classes, picked up temp work in Hollywood and at various tech companies, and spent weekends as a ski patrol in Tahoe before heading up to Oregon to study architecture. In Eugene, I spent all my time in the mountains, climbing, mountain-biking, and back-country skiing.

Q: Tell me about your family.
My father was a physicist turned doctor turned medical researcher turned medical device entrepreneur and investor who, to this day, is always taking obscure classes at Stanford on anything from Shakespeare to Machine Learning. My mother ran the home and then went to law school when I was in high school, and my older brother was in college. She worked as a public defender for many years and always had the best dinnertime stories to share from her work. My brother was a sports nut who ended up as an accomplished sportscaster. He now lives in SF and is reliably dragging me into a heated, first to 10, ping-pong or pickle-ball matches. And, on the rare occasion that he is losing, it more likely becomes first to 20!

Q: What is the last show you binge watched?
I’m embarrassed to say how much TV I’ve watched during the pandemic, but we’ve been gravitating to watching foreign language shows set in other countries – I think because we haven’t been able to travel. A list of my foreign favorites are Pachinko, Tokyo Vice, Giri/Haji, Babylon Berlin, The Bridge, and Seaside Hotel.

Q: Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?
Lisa and I started playing a whole lot of tennis at the park near our house and our neighbors painted a pickle-ball court on our dead-end street. And I started going to the driving range near my house to whack balls at the end of the workday, which is a great way to de-stress after an intense workday. I have also been playing a lot of guitar.

Q: What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?
That’s a tough one because I have several amazing projects at the moment. I like variety, but especially enjoy designing on difficult sites. That said, my best and most enjoyable projects consistently are the ones with clients who are engaged and open-minded to new and previously unimagined possibilities.

Q: What’s your favorite part about coming to work?
I absolutely love the people I get to work with: great clients and amazing consultants who trust us and challenge us to do better; and most importantly, the team we have built in our studio. My partners and senior staff are incredibly experienced and competent. Our younger staff is so talented and passionate about design and developing their skills, and everyone is amazing at collaborating and making sure we have fun!

Q: What are the top three things on your bucket list?
I’ve been dreaming about taking a sabbatical. Right now, I’m dreaming about a year in Rome with Lisa after our kids leave the nest – which is coming up on us quickly.

I still haven’t quite let go of my dream to climb El Capitan via one of its multi-day classic climbs. I made it up the face of Half Dome and have one failed attempt on El Cap’s Zodiac route.

I’ve never been to Alaska and would love to take a long trip that includes biking, climbing, and kayaking.

Q: Favorite SF hidden gem?
I live right next to the Presidio and have spent lots of time discovering its trails and hidden treasures, such as the Battery to Bluffs trail and the four Andy Goldsworthy installations.

Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?
For me, getting the fundamentals right would 99% of the dream: layout, well-proportioned spaces, balanced natural lighting, great indoor-outdoor connections. But there are some convinces that we included in our recent remodel of the 100-year-old Edwardian that we renovated in SF, such as two dishwashers, a steam shower, and a laundry room next to my closet. I love our graywater/rainwater system which allows us to feel better about long showers and having a lush garden during these droughts. Similarly, the ERV whole-house air filtration system has been a godsend during the bad air days due to wildfires!

Staff Spotlight: Jenni Deas

Q: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Windsor, a small town in Sonoma County, California, which is a hop, skip, and a jump North of San Francisco. I currently reside close by in Healdsburg with my husband, two dogs, two cats and a few happy goats!

Q: Where did you go to school?
After graduating from Ursuline High School, I received a Diving Scholarship at UC Davis where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts major in Graphic Design and minor in Photography. Most recently, I graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Interior Architecture & Design from the Academy of Art University.

Q: Tell me about your family.
Oh wow, where to even begin! My family members are some of my favorite human beings on the face of the planet. My parent’s met one eternity ago while working at Chuck E Cheese, got married, had my brother and I, and have been married for over 35 years! I met my husband at a CrossFit gym in Healdsburg after we both moved back home from college, and we got married in December 2020 and finally had our long-awaited wedding celebration in June of 2022.

Q: What is the most interesting aspect of architecture to you?
With my focus primarily being on interior architecture and design, I’m fascinated by the power of architecture and how it can directly impact someone’s experience in a space.

Q: What is the last show you binge watched?
Obi-Wan Kenobi, Stranger Things, and Justified. And I recommend them all.

Q: What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?
The challenging kind! I thoroughly enjoy any project that allows me to learn something new or challenges my skillset, which has been the amazing part of working at Feldman Architecture. All our projects are wildly variant, and I believe that helps us grow as architects and designers.

Q: What’s your favorite part about coming to work? (in person or virtually)
The people. Being a part of such a diverse group of designers is really rewarding. The different perspectives, skillsets and conversations makes every day and every project better than the last.

Q: Recommendations for when we visit you in Healdsburg?
Firstly, yes please come visit me in Healdsburg! Everyone knows about the amazing wine scene we have in Sonoma County, but some of my favorites are Leo Steen Wines, MacRostie, and Arista Winery. For those looking for something a little different, Roof 106 easily has the best margarita in town. Two Thirty-Five Luxury Suites is the best place to stay with a group of family or friends. Fitch Mountain has an easy, but steep, hiking trail with some sweeping views and on the way to the trailhead, stop and get a sandwich at Summer’s Market. And lastly, you can’t go wrong with the craft beer scene, the town over has the Russian River Brewing Co., home of the infamous Pliny the Elder.

Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?
This is a handy question as we’re currently in the middle of a massive remodel!

  • Natural light flooded interiors
  • Open concept kitchen with adjacent family room
  • Large folding glass door for a seamless transition into the backyard
  • A large outdoor entertaining area for friends and family
  • And an oversized closet in the primary bedroom (with plenty of space for shoes!)

Q: Where are you most excited to travel next?
My husband and I are beyond excited to FINALLY go on our honeymoon this fall, and we’re headed to Greece and Paris. A little relaxation, lots of exploring, and unlimited good foods!

Staff Spotlight: Isabel Verhille

Q: Where are you from?
I was born in San Francisco but spent most of my childhood and teen years living in Marin.

Q: Where did you go to school?
I went to Scripps College in Claremont, CA – which is on the eastern edge of LA County. Scripps is the all-women’s school in the Claremont Consortium and was such a lovely experience. I majored in Media Studies and minored in Spanish.

Q: Tell me about your family.
My parents are both former Midwesterners who have now lived in the Bay Area for 40+ years, and currently both live in San Francisco. My dad is a gastroenterologist, and my mom is a nurse (they met at what used to be Children’s Hospital on California Street), so I grew up very immersed in the medical world; my first job was scanning and filing medical charts in my dad’s office. My younger brother is very close to my age and currently lives in Memphis – he works as server at a delicious French restaurant and moonlights as a bartender.

Q: What is the most interesting aspect of architecture to you?
It’s really fascinating working in a design studio setting as a non-architect. I have learned so much about architecture since I started at FA and am enamored by the entire process. It’s magical to have a beautiful, distilled idea turn into something meaningful and tangible.

Q: What makes our office unique?
It’s a lovely combination of casual/collaborative and disciplined – all the people in the studio are so smart, artistic, talented, and kind. I love all my coworkers and have learned so much professionally and personally from them.

Q: What is the last show you binge watched?
I’m really really weirdly obsessed with Succession. I also recently finished The Dropout on Hulu and got really into the whole Elizabeth Holmes/Theranos scandal.

Q: Did you pick up any new hobbies during quarantine?
My friends and I started boogie boarding at Ocean Beach during quarantine multiple times a week – such an awesome excuse to be in the ocean without having to have the technical knowledge that surfing requires.

Q: Favorite SF hidden gem?
The Bitter End in the Inner Richmond.

Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?
Free standing bathtub, cold plunge pool, fully functioning darkroom, vegetable garden, near the ocean.

Q: Where are you most excited to travel next?
My favorite place to visit is Mexico! I’d love to go back to Mexico City soon.

CRAFT: Feldman Architecture Studio

In this installment of our Craft Series, we’re happy to feature Feldman Architecture designers and architects that have rich creative lives outside of the studio. Their creativity inspires our professional work, and we are excited to continue sharing as they continue to create!

 

Malavika Mallik 
Describe your work – how did you select this medium?
I am a watercolor artist and I have been practicing art since the age of 10. I later went on to conduct my own art classes and present in exhibitions on local and state platforms. As a kid, I started out with sketching and basic shading using pencils and transitioned to ink and paper. This method identifies basic sciography, which is the study of shadow and light used to understand shades of colors better. I later worked more with watercolors as it allows you to take control and flow freely at the same time – the beauty of watercolor is confident strokes and the free flow of paint.

What’s your process like? What inspires you?
My biggest inspiration is mundane scenes that elicit nostalgia. My process begins with imagining a scene, and seeing if my imagination can paint that emotion. I first roughly sketch out the main elements of the painting and then start to fine-tune them before I bring out my paints. The first wash of light colors begins the work, and I finish with detailing with darker shades.

How does materiality play into your craft?
Materiality is essential for my craft – the canvas and the paintbrushes play a vital role. The sheets are much better if they are cold pressed and water washed at least once before I start painting to aid the absorption process. I like my brushes to be synthetic and smooth, and they need to be washed and dried with every use. Lastly, and most important is the watercolor/gouache paints must be truly saturated colors and not contaminated with any whitening agents.

Do you like to share your work? Do you have a website or account we can follow?
@the.tropical.tone

 

Gabby Cheung
Describe your work – how did you select this medium?
I’ve been sewing on and off for 13 years. Recently, I’ve been interested in mixing architectural elements into my wearable pieces. The side seam on these pants, for example, is inspired by wood joinery; the primary material in the backpack is construction scaffolding (recycled from an architectural installation in LA).

What’s your process like? What inspires you?
Sometimes I start with an interesting fabric, which sits in my apartment until inspiration strikes. A lot of times that inspiration comes from browsing tons of architectural details and finding patterns that interest me.

How does materiality play into your craft?
With fabric, material kind of dictates your whole piece – the way it hangs on the body is a huge consideration. I’m still learning a lot about this aspect

Do you like to share your work? Do you have a website or account we can follow?
@gabcheungg

 

Nick Polansky
Describe your work – how did you select this medium?
My work is sculpture. I like wood because every piece is unique and has an inherent story and properties.

What’s your process like? What inspires you?
Each sculpture is made from a single piece of wood. I play with the opacity, plasticity, trying to get something solid to appear transparent, and something stiff to be flexible working with the strain and stress in the grain by subtracting material in precise cuts. I use mainly manual power tools. Its a labor of patience and tolerance. I am looking forward to finding time to move up in scale. Most of the works are mockets for larger sculptures.

How does materiality play into your craft?
Wood is responsive and I am listening the whole time. Infinite lessons.

Do you like to share your work? Do you have a website or account we can follow?
http://nickpolansky.com/

 

Jess Stuenkel
Describe your work – how did you select this medium?
I started working with clay to get back to a hands-on creative process that’s specifically material and process driven. I primarily make functional ceramics; working vessels that are crafted to feel good in the hand and used daily.

What’s your process like? What inspires you?
Nothing is too precious in ceramics because there are so many points along the way for things to go awry. I lean into the process of discovery and am always trying new things, with varying results. Given the opportunity, I like to finish my work in atmospheric firings, handing over the reins to fire, soda, and the kiln gods.

How does materiality play into your craft?
Materiality is everything. It sets the boundaries to work within and to push against. I love that each piece of clay speaks of the place from which it was harvested. I work with live glazes that create an imprint of their environmental conditions in the final product. I aim to express the dialogue of these processes in the final work.

Do you like to share your work? Do you have a website or account we can follow?
@jess.faith.arts

 

Norman Wong
Describe your work – how did you select this medium?
Origami has been a hobby and interest since I was a child. My mother introduced it to me and over the years I sought out greater challenges and more complicated models.

What’s your process like? What inspires you?
I seek out origami models that at first glance, don’t seem possible to fold from a single square of paper. I’m inspired by models that are so complex that they push the limits of what is possible to fold.

How does materiality play into your craft?
Materiality in origami is crucial. The paper that I use must hold up to hundreds of folds and shaping. Paper made from mulberry tree fibers are best but I’ve used everything from flimsy tracing paper to brown paper bags in my experimentation.

Do you like to share your work? Do you have a website or account we can follow?
I like to share my work in person!

Staff Spotlight: Chris Kurrle


Q: Where are you from?
I grew up in the Old-Line State, for you Pacific Coaster’s, that would be the Great State of Maryland, our seventh state. Home of the Chesapeake Bay, Blue Crabs, Fort McHenry, Annapolis, the birthplace of Babe Ruth and the Baltimore Orioles.

Q: Where did you go to school?
I grew up in a small rural community in central Maryland. I went to Francis Scott Key HS, affectionately known as “Corn Field High” by all our rivals. I went to college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Majoring in both Building Science & Architecture, with a Minor in Geology. One would think that after 5 years at such a school, I’d be able to spell Rensselaer, but I did just look it up… again.

Q: Tell me about your family.
My mother was born in Chile and came to the United States with her parents and younger brother while her father completed his residency at Johns Hopkins. While here, Salvador Allende was elected, assassinated, and the country had a coup. What was intended to be a two-year trip, turned in to 11 years. My mother finished high school, met my father while in college, got married, had me, and ended up staying in the US after her parents and brother returned.

Q: What makes our office unique?
One of our best attributes is our office culture. The way we work as teams, our mentorship, the in-house activities we support both socially and professionally, the celebration of our individual strengths, and the willingness to acknowledge our weaknesses. It humanizes us all, creating a studio that is passionate, professional, and team focused.

Q: What is the last show you binge watched?
I honestly don’t watch that much TV, but I’ve been an F1 fan for a long time, and Netflix’s “Drive to Survive” follows the racing series over the course of the season, and I’ve really enjoyed watching that. I think mostly because almost all the people that I’ve been trying to get to watch F1 for the past decade are now hooked and text me before sunrise on Sundays!

Q: Which hobby are you most fervently pursuing at the moment?
Hobby? Singular? Really? Ha, I think I’m the hobby king of the office. In spring and summer, it’s bike riding (road bikes mostly), and archery. I love bicycles, the places they take you, the memories and friendships they foster, the culture(s) they support. Bows are the most complex tool I’ve ever played with – powerful, meditative, precision that is ridiculously satisfying.

Q: What kinds of projects do you most enjoy working on?
I really enjoy the range of work more than a particular kind of project.

Q: What’s your favorite part about coming to work?
Personally and professionally, I think it’s really important that we’re always learning. Solving problems as a team, no matter the scale of the problem, always reveals multiple ways to approach, tackle, and solve issues. Our team structure, both at the project and leadership levels really provides structure for this. Maybe that was already best said by Aristotle, “The whole is greater than the sum of its part.”

Q: Favorite SF hidden gem?
Bernal Heights, shhhhh

Q: What superpower do you wish you had?
The FORCE, like Yoda.

Q: What are five features you would include in your dream home?
In order:

  • Minimum 1250 acres, varying terrain of oaks, arable land, riparian corridors and a 150-acre pond.
  • Hobby barn/garage, big one
  • Outdoor cooking/entertainment area (w/60” Santa Maria Grill and Gas grill, Pellet and Wood Smokers, Clay Oven)
  • Equestrian Facility/Stables (for Horses/Llamas)
  • Modest single story main residence (3 bedroom) with wonderful natural light, indoor/outdoor living, great for entertaining. 3 Guest Cabins

Sustainability Update: 2030 Commitment

We are excited to announce the results of our AIA 2030 Commitment data reporting for 2021. Our combined portfolio, which includes 11 projects totaling over 42,000 square feet, came in at an overall predicted 98.13% EUI (energy use intensity) reduction, far exceeding the current goal of 80%, and just below our ultimate goal of 100% EUI reduction (or achieving net-zero energy use) by the year 2030. 75% of our projects reported from last year met the 80% target, with 5 projects predicted to achieve net-zero energy use. Our findings indicate that a drastic reduction in our projects’ gas use combined with increased PV production made the biggest difference in a nearly 30% jump in our portfolio over previous years.

While this data only represents predicted energy use and post-occupancy data will need to be collected and analyzed, this is a huge step in the right direction towards our commitment to reducing our work’s carbon emissions and a net-zero energy future. Stay tuned as we continue to report our progress and findings on our blog. Onward!⁠

 

Process Case Study: Round House

THE ORIGINAL HOME
Meera and her active family of four were in search of a new home in the South Bay to call their own, and after three-and-a-half-years with no success – having sifted through over 1,000 listings and visited nearly 30 in person – they finally found the one. “We walked in thinking, ‘We’ve seen so many homes. This is likely not it,’ Meera says. They walked out, however, with the same unexpected realization: ‘Oh my God, this is the one!’, they told Dwell in fall of 2021.

The clients fell in love with this unique circular house and initially planned a modest remodel. The original home, built in 1965, was one of a few similarly shaped homes built in California in the 60s. Soon after moving in, the family recognized the inefficiencies of their new home – low roof eaves awkwardly obstructed the otherwise spectacular views. The original structure, referred to as the “doughnut house,” had an open-air courtyard in the center. It “was really interesting and very awkward at the same time,” said Steven Stept, Partner-in-Charge. The public living areas faced the private wooded hillside, while bedrooms opened onto sprawling, exposed views of Silicon Valley.

“’I have a soft spot for preserving what’s there,’ says Meera. ‘For a while, it was just a finishes (updating interiors/exterior finishes) project.’ However, once things started failing in the older home, the project morphed into something bigger. ‘At that point, we thought, ‘We should probably do it right, but we can still pay homage to the original design,’” she told Dwell.


VISIONING
“From day one, we thought, ‘What a fun opportunity to try to see what we could do with a circular house,’” Stept says. “We were excited by it.”

The clients are a family of four, with two middle school aged children. Meera is an avid cook and baker, and wanted food, cooking, and therefore the kitchen to act as the home’s metaphorical and physical center, and also needed to accommodate the cooking lessons she hosts for family and friends. Meera, a talented designer herself (a Principal at AP+I Design), was excited to engage alongside our team, and later, worked to select all the interior furnishings and collaborated on the project’s finish selections.


Spiraling outwards from the kitchen, the updated floorplan aspired to reconfigure the original structure’s public and private spaces in a more logical manner – nestling the primary suite on the opposite side of the home, facing the tree grove, and orienting the great room, kitchen, and outdoor living towards views. The clients envisioned living on one level, so the updated plan places their desired programming on the main level, while the existing footprint allowed the design to accommodate lower ‘bonus’ spaces, like a home office and an extra in-law suite with direct level access to the arrival court.

“It was very exciting to develop a precise plan that respected the tangent points of the circular shape, which all referred back to the central core – the kitchen” Anjali Iyer, Project Architect, told Enki Magazine. 


CONSTRUCTION AND TECHNICAL EXECUTION

Los Altos Hills, a suburb originally developed in the 1950s, was zoned to accommodate large, uniquely shaped lots with strict building codes protecting open spaces, vegetation, and views.

The lot’s size and steep slope meant that if the home was built by today’s regulations, it would max out at a compact 1,020 square feet—making it much more beneficial to work with the existing design. After tracking down the original building permit and negotiating with the city, the team eventually got approval for a comprehensive redesign—as long as they didn’t exceed the original permitted square footage (Dwell).

A challenging build with atypical geometry on a steep slope required extreme creativity from David Toews, BayWest Builder’s Superintendent, who led the project’s construction through a variety of unique challenges.

Because of the circular plan, David stressed that geometry and strict calculations were important from the beginning, suggesting that the house needed a compass to guide its construction. Viewing the building in layers, starting from the foundation all the way through framing and steel work, he expressed that exacting precision in each phase would result in the most successful project. After inspecting the plans prior to starting construction, he immediately referenced a past project, the Sundial Bridge in Redding, which inspired ‘The Tool’ – a 16-foot-tall by 45-foot-long compass. Its function was to properly measure the circumference of the house during the construction of foundation and walls, helping the team keep track of the plan’s vectors and ensuring each wall lined up with its counterpart. The home’s plan carefully and precisely radiates out from its exact center of the kitchen, where the compass was anchored. Today, you can find the compass base, now serving as a front door stop, in the entryway of the completed house.


“We custom designed steel inserts in the concrete floor, and the decks boards were cut in a tapered shape to respect the curved geometry. The process was thoroughly enjoyable as we had to question and reinterpret each detail in our toolkit that would have worked for an orthogonal building. The project warranted a higher degree of collaboration between the design team, the consultants, and the contractor” Anjali Iyer, Project Architect, told Enki Magazine. 

The design interprets the existing structure through a modern lens – integrating current seismic codes and updated structural work throughout the project as to stabilize the home into the existing steep hillside. To further withstand seismic disruptions, the concentric design takes biomimetic approach, “We took some inspiration from things that are naturally very strong structures,” the homeowners explain. “There’s tons of circular steel, and it’s all crossed and connected to each other. That’s a spider web.” Visually, the team took advantage of these structural modifications and smoothed previously segmented walls into pure curves.


Throughout the home, the design’s success is largely due to an unwavering commitment to the concept. “Once we took on the challenge of really respecting the circle to the nth degree, that really created the plan—and created all the details too,” says Stept.” That’s something we try to do a lot in the office, once you have a concept that’s a strong one, just don’t ever forget about it, and try to push through it all the way to the end,” said Steven Stept, Partner-in-Charge, in Dwell.

 

THE FINAL PRODUCT
Alongside Meera, our team selected clean and modern finishes and furnishings to invite dramatic views to the forefront – a Japanese style of charred wood siding, called Shou Sugi Ban, seamless concrete floors, crisp curved white walls, and minimalist interiors feel fresh and durable. In the kitchen, a circular skylight streams daylight into the kitchen, creating a makeshift sundial that illuminates different sections of curved casework throughout the day. A concentric hallway traces the kitchen, leading to discrete pie-shaped rooms carefully arranged to demarcate private from public spaces. An outdoor deck is strategically carved out at the intersection of the living room and kitchen – framing sprawling views. Tall, curved pocket doors vanish into the walls, asserting a seamless indoor-outdoor connection. The modest perimeter deck allows outdoor access from all the bedrooms, while curved landscape walls radiate outward and into thoughtful softscape.


“Lifting out of a polished concrete floor, the kitchen mimics the external body, embracing a cylindrical design that allows for a large island and uninterrupted flow. A small skylight hangs above, spotlighting the space and casting shadows that reveal the time of the day. Conventional solutions may favor geometry, but fortune favors the brave, and thinking outside of the box – quite literally – has resulted in a home like we’ve never seen before.” Enki Magazine, March 2022 issue.


Find more information on the finished project here. Photography by Adam Rouse. 

Sustainability Update 2022

Looking forward to 2022, our committee has listed three primary areas of focus: Sustainable Design Workflow, Education and Knowledge Sharing, and Strategic Planning. By setting goals within each of these areas, we hope to continue to refine our internal processes, increase our general firm knowledge on sustainable design best practices, products, and systems, all of which will work to align our overall initiatives with our firm’s strategic goals.

In terms of our in-house workflow, our committee plans to continue to improve our project checklist and increase transparency for our project teams. Check-ins will continue to take place at regular intervals throughout the design process to reinforce our standard sustainability practices and goals. We also plan on auditing our process documentation with a consultant from the Department of Sustainability who will assist us in further refining our focus.  

More specifically, our committee is largely focused on better understanding our projects’ carbon footprints, accounting for both the embodied and operational carbon that results from their construction and use. In efforts to develop a better understanding of our projects’ embodied carbon, we’ve continued our deployment of Tally on select projects, an embodied carbon measurement software, while also beginning to analyze typical building assemblies that are common in our work.

Life Cycle Assessment study of the embodied carbon in building components using data from Tally


Regarding our buildings’ operational carbon, we intend to begin leaning more heavily on post-occupancy energy use data to not only have an accurate accounting of a project’s actual energy use, but also to better predict the energy use of future projects early in the design phase. As we continue towards our 2030 goal of net-zero operational carbon for all new projects, it’s becoming clear that we must not rely solely on theoretical modeling alone.

And although we’ve identified that bringing a higher level of organization and carefully vetting and documenting our processes are key to us realizing our goals, we also feel that a big part of furthering our sustainability initiatives depends on keeping our entire staff educated on current and emerging sustainable technologies and products, through the sharing of our own research as well as engaging with our peers. This year, we plan on holding quarterly sustainability focused information sessions and presentations with the entire firm as we continue to develop a deeper understanding of our practice’s roles in the bigger picture of climate awareness. In terms of Strategic Planning, this will also allow us to better align our firm’s strategic and sustainability goals, further engraining sustainability as a cornerstone of our firm’s future.

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