Sustainable Design

At LAS, our goal is to create buildings that have a restorative, positive impact on the building's inhabitants and a regenerative impact on the environment. We have practiced sustainability since the early 1990s and believe in using an analytical approach to optimizing building performance. Additionally, LAS was one of the first architecture firms in the country to adopt The 2030 Challenge, an initiative that called on the global building sector to immediately reduce energy usage by 50 percent in new buildings and major renovations in order to avoid hazardous climate change.

Our design staff includes LEED-accredited architects, daylighting specialists and energy analysts who work to implement sustainable design strategies into all of our projects - including the qualifications needed for attaining LEED certification. We have successfully certified more than 70 LEED projects and are currently designing two projects pursuing Living Building Challenge certification.

In February 2007, LAS became one of the first architecture firms in the country to adopt The 2030 Challenge, an initiative that calls on the global building sector to immediately reduce energy usage by 70 percent in new buildings and major renovations in order to avoid hazardous climate change. We are committed not only to creating buildings with a positive impact on occupants and the environment, but to creating a just and equitable workplace.  In February 2017, LAS earned a JUST Label, becoming one of the first 20 architecture firms in the world to earn this distinction.  Learn more about our JUST Label here.

Jim Nicolow, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Jim Nicolow, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Director of Sustainability

Joshua Gassman, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Joshua Gassman, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Sustainable Design Director