Water Smart Design – Integrating Building and Landscape

a Small Firm Forum

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Free AIA Members; $3 Guests
Brown bag lunch (BYO Lunch)

1.5 CES LUs

Host:  Alexandra Odabachian, Architect

Due to the recent drought in California, we have all become acutely aware of the scarcity of one of our most precious resources: water. El Nino has replenished the Northern California reservoirs for now but what can we do as architects and planners to participate in its conservation and responsible use? From rainwater catchment and grey water systems, how can we successfully incorporate the management of water into our projects? Geoff Holton, architect and Jeni Webber, landscape architect  give an integrated presentation on water conservation told through examples of completed projects and works-in-progress.

About the Presenters: 

Jeni Webber specializes in well-crafted residential and commercial landscape designs, as
well as participatory-process educational environments. Working with ecologic principles, her firm encourages awareness of our limited resources and the importance of creating and living within our environmental means. Through their work she encourage their clients to develop a more intimate and joyful connection to, understanding of and appreciation for the dynamic socioecological environment surrounding us.

Geoffrey Holton is a licensed architect and has practiced architecture in Northern California for nearly three decades, starting his small firm, Geoffrey Holton and Associates (GHA), in 1996. Geoff has taught architecture extensively at the university level and is a Build-It-Green Certified Green Building Professional, and a LEED and ARCSA accredited professional. GHA’s work has included a wide range of project types, as well as landscape planning, site design and master planning with an emphasis throughout on the many facets of building sustainably.

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Learn at least three benefits of creatively incorporating water conservation measures into architectural practice.
  2. Gain an understanding of different ways to manage water onsite while creating beautiful landscapes.
  3. Learn what the fundamental characteristics of grey water systems and on-site storm water retention are.
  4.  Learn at least two ways to use ecological principles as a part of the design process.

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