Designing for life.

For nearly a quarter of a century, we’ve been at the vanguard of the sustainability movement. Passionate about designing places where human life can thrive and entire ecosystems flourish, we’ve developed a reputation for challenging the status quo. For blazing trails into uncharted territory.

Today, we’re still at it. We’re redefining sustainability as one of several interconnected parts to a greater, more meaningful whole. It’s a philosophy we call Living Design. By seamlessly incorporating sustainability, resilience, regeneration, inclusion, and well-being into each of our projects, we can help sustain life on earth—today, tomorrow, and beyond.

Kent State University's College of Business Administration is designed to support life at every level by meeting or exceeding the world's most rigorous standards of sustainability, resilience, and well-being.
Living Design

We envision designing a world that supports all forms of life, across all ecosystems. Informed by research, our projects endure, adapt, replenish the earth’s resources, promote biodiversity, and help us all thrive.

High-Performance Buildings

We design buildings for maximum energy efficiency and optimal indoor environmental quality. Because we understand that human and planetary health are inextricably linked, and that buildings can have a major impact on both.

Our pioneering SPEED software—short for Simulation Platform for Energy-Efficient Design—allows us to do comprehensive energy and daylighting analysis on thousands of design options in just minutes.
The Life Sciences Building at the University of Washington features custom vertical glass solar fins on its façade. The fins are expected to generate enough electricity to light more than 12,400 square feet of the building's office space each year.
Transparency and Material Health

We ignited an industry movement toward healthy building materials in 2008. Today, we continue to lead a healthy materials crusade through focused research and knowledge sharing.

The headquarters for Madison Marquette in Washington, D.C. features nontoxic materials vetted against our Precautionary List. Abundant daylight and views to the outdoors connect people with nature, and enhanced indoor air quality ensures an optimal working environment.
A living green wall in the reception lounge lends a biophilic touch.
Carbon-Sequestering Timber Towers

The next frontier in sustainable design and construction? Engineered wood. We’re expanding our knowledge of the promise and potential of timber as the urban building material of the future. And we’re setting a global precedent for ultra-sustainable, carbon-neutral timber skyscrapers. 

Canada's Earth Tower aims to set a new environmental standard for the City of Vancouver with a significantly reduced carbon footprint compared to conventional buildings of the same size.