The firm was honored this month by receiving its first ever Design Green Honor Award for High Tech High, Chula Vista. (One of only two Honor Awards winners that night) Sponsored by the Architectural Foundation of Los Angeles, the Design Green awards seek to recognize“exceptional design seamlessly integrated with high performance standards for sustainability.“
The jury was chaired by Annette Fierro of the University of Pennsylvania and included such sustainable design heavy-weights as Kai-Uwe Bergmann of Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Norgard of Chritiansen & Company – both of Copenhagen, where the deliberations took place. Jurors lauded the design for taking advantage of its climate and its “very rational planning”. They praised it for being “compact yet open at the same time” and noted the lightness and transparency of the spaces.
The award was presented twice – once at the AIA/LA Design Awards held at the recently completed Renzo Piano designed addition to LACMA and a week later at the USGBC/LA Green Gala. On hand to receive the award were Studio E partners John Sheehan and Eric Naslund and High Tech High’s Director of Facilities – Christopher Gerber.