Learning Through Doing, Recognizing Student Work

Many college degree programs require students to work in their field, whether through practical courses or internships, before they graduate. Architecture is no different, but the possible paths to fulfilling that requirement are seemingly endless. Whitney Ashley, an Intern Architect in Lord Aeck Sargent’s Science & Technology practice area, shares her hands-on experience gained working on a design-build project while earning her Master of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2015. Read More

By Whitney Ashley       August 04, 2017

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-10

The Living Building Challenge’s (LBC) Net Positive Water imperative stipulates that a project’s “water use and release must work in harmony with the natural water flows of the site and its surroundings.” For the Living Building at Georgia Tech, this means mimicking the Piedmont forest in the way it absorbs and releases water. Read More

By Lauren Mandel, Andropogon, Erin English, Biohabitats, and Andrew Pankopp, Long Engineering; Compiled by Ramana Koti, LAS       July 14, 2017

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-9

The late architectural historian Peter Blundell Jones suggested that the interaction between people and their habitat is much more complex than ‘form follows function’. A more meaningful definition of architecture, he argued, would also include the social, spiritual, and cultural aspects.Read More

By Ramana Koti, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, and Jim Nicolow, AIA, LEED Fellow       May 05, 2017

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-8

As we begin to develop and resolve the finer details during the design development phase of the Georgia Tech Living Building project, our project team and process are constantly brimming with ideas and activity. This post highlights some of the activities of project partners to promote sustainability beyond the campus of Georgia Tech.Read More

By Ramana Koti, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C       March 31, 2017

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-7

“A more resilient food system has more distributed food production, with greater availability of locally grown and locally processed foods,” argues Alex Wilson of the Resilient Design Institute. A similar philosophy drives the Living Building Challenge’s (LBC) Urban Agriculture Imperative, one of the tenets of the rating system’s Place Petal. Read More

By Ramana Koti and Andropogon Associates' José Almiñana, Emily McCoy and Lauren Mandel       March 03, 2017

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-6

The project is being designed to be “net positive,” producing at least 105% of the energy it consumes, on an annual basis. Successful Living Building Challenge certification requires achievement of the Net Positive Energy Imperative.Read More

By Ramana Koti, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, and PAE Consulting Engineers' Marc Brune, PE, LEED AP, and David Mead, AIA, LEED AP BD+C       February 10, 2017

But are you JUST?

The Living Building Challenge (LBC) doesn’t just compel designers to design resilient, sustainable buildings, it also now gives attention to the workplaces where living buildings are designed, requiring firms to look in the mirror and assess the degree to which they are “JUST.”Read More

By Jim Nicolow, AIA, LEED Fellow       February 03, 2017

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-5

During the Schematic Design phase, ‘Petal’ workshops were organized to highlight the design and operational implications of each of the seven Petals under the Living Building Challenge (LBC), one Petal at a time. This post will summarize the discussion from the Water Petal workshop.Read More

By Ramana Koti, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C and Erin English, PE LEED AP from Biohabitats       January 09, 2017

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-4

From the ‘Porch’ and ‘Bridge’ concepts developed during the Ideas Competition, the Porch concept was selected by Georgia Tech for further development due to the manner in which it directly engaged the surrounding Eco-Commons. This was not an easy decision given that the longer facades of the building had less desirable east and west solar orientation. Read More

By Ramana Koti, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C, Joshua Gassman, RA, LEED AP BD+C and Alissa Kingsley, LEED AP       December 16, 2016

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-3

As this post is being written, the Living Building at Georgia Tech project has just entered the schematic design phase. Wood, steel, and concrete are currently under consideration for the structure system, and a hybrid approach cannot entirely be ruled out. For exterior cladding, cement board, stone veneer rain screen, terracotta rain screen, brick, and other materials are being evaluated. Read More

By Ramana Koti, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C and Alissa Kingsley, LEED AP       November 07, 2016

A Living Building Project Journey, Part-2

To say that the two-day long charrette was eventful would be an understatement. Broadly, the first day collected stakeholder feedback, while the second day turned the feedback into action items for the design process. From individual goal setting (which was subsequently voted on collectively to rank project priorities), to brainstorming of the top five ideas by interdisciplinary groups, no stone was left unturned.Read More

By Ramana Koti, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C and Jim Nicolow, AIA, LEED FELLOW       October 06, 2016

A Living Building Project Journey, Part 1

After a multi-stage, national selection process which culminated in a two-month ideas competition lead by Georgia Tech, the Lord Aeck Sargent (LAS) / Miller Hull Partnership (Miller Hull) team was selected to design the first Living Building Challenge (LBC) certified building in the southeast. This is LAS’s second LBC project on the boards and we expect this blog post to be a first in a series documenting the exciting journey. Read More

By Ramana Koti, BEMP, LEED AP BD+C and Jim Nicolow, AIA, LEED FELLOW       September 02, 2016