LA believes that beauty and sustainability are an inseparable couplet.
Sustainable design has been a rudiment of our work, since long before "green" was IN. On all projects LA uses a "green filter" to evaluate design issues throughout the process. Early in design, a "green baseline" is established, against which all environmental improvements can be measured. A "green baseline" will make improvements tangible, with or without LEED.
If LEED certification is something our clients desire, LA analyzes existing plans and other items, against the LEED prerequisites and credits, and prepares a preliminary LEED Assessment Chart. The prerequisite and credits are rated as "reliable, possible or not possible" and totals for each category are provided.
LA is committed to sustainable design principles with extensive LEED certification process experience. LA's WATER + LIFE Museum and Campus at Diamond Valley Lake is the first LEED Platinum Museum in the world, featuring one of the largest rooftop photovoltaic installations (540 kilowatts). Major national and regional sustainability awards include the Pacific Coast Builders Conference' Gold Nugget Award for Best Sustainable Commercial Project for these museums, The project was awarded the Good Green International Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, the Beyond Green™ Award - High Performance Building from the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council, Honor Awards from AIA Los Angeles and the AIA Pasadena Foothill Chapters and Merit Award for Savings by Design from AIA California Council. It is office policy at LA that all design professionals actively pursue LEED accreditation in addition to licensure.
Currently, LA is working on a community center at San Angelo Park that is projected to achieve LEED Platinum rating and slated to become the first ENERGY NET ZERO project for Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.
There is always so much aspirational talk about transdisciplinary, interdisciplinary, or some other "-inary" way of describing desirable practice. I think "architect" and "landscape architect" are really disciplines and titles of desire. As the quintessential synthesizers, "trans-" this and "inter-" that is what we do, and have always done. If we aren't fundamentally "urbanists" in what we do, we are probably not doing the right thing.
The potential domain of the landscape architect is ultimately much broader than that of the architect. This domain is the glue that binds, the great connective tissue: issues of broad infrastructure, water shed management, local projects writ into large ecosystems, great streets, and urban space. Ironically, in the academy and often in the world beyond, landscape architecture as a profession exists in the shadow of architecture. Its success will come from its internal strength and by developing strong, bright, and capable advocates.
As architects, our ability to orchestrate places of consequence begins with our embraceof our kindred, discipline, landscape architecture.
Our work is to honor, celebrate and amplify the possibility of each and every INSIDE place.
Using the full palette at our disposal—light, color, space, view, materiality, technology;
Emphatically embracing every constraint—place, program, personality, price;
Expertly calibrating the public and private;
Achieving exquisite function;
LA makes Interiors of Desire.
All design matters.
Every scale matters.
Every object matters.
Every space matters.
LA employs the full palette of design tools and technologies to make things.
campus, town, buildings, landscape, furniture, products, utensils, objets d'art—
all producing rich, state-of-the-art innovation
Serving, illuminating, expanding, enriching our clients' missions and their means.
WHAT YOU SAY MATTERS.
WHAT YOU SEE MATTERS.
GETTING IT MATTERS.
So from signage to sustainability,
meaning, message, memorability—
is embedded in LA's work.
LA offers full service graphic programs, brochures and branding, logos, funding programs and artifacts, brochures, on and off the web, in the landscape, in and on buildings, as buildings.