Residential Design

VOL.3 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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WC: Many of our proj- ects, like Paty Modern and Brazil House, aim at being completely off the grid or producing more energy than they use, which can be sold back to the power grid or stored. Houses are part of cities, and we have to think about cities as sustainable infrastructure. In time, cities will produce their own power—all of this design being led by architects. Geothermal systems are a great example in our work where we are able to help our clients obtain tax credits and use cutting edge HVAC systems at a fraction of their actual cost. I hope that we can get solar to follow suit in many of our southern states, including Georgia. We are responsible to educate our clients in the technologies that are available and to lead them through the most efficient and affordable processes. How has your background influenced your work? Jane, why did you choose to focus on residential architecture? Bill, it seems that you have a passion for teaching—can you talk more about that? JF: When we started our practice we pretty much designed whatever walked through the door—churches, schools, doctors' offices, and custom homes. In 2001, we decided to specialize in custom residential projects because those were the projects we enjoyed the most. Getting to know your clients intimately and creating a one-of-a-kind solution for their needs is very satisfying. Our scope of projects varies from bathroom remodels to big-budget new houses. Specializing in custom homes, we do not have many repeat clients, but we have a lot of repeat houses. It's fun to customize a house we designed years ago for a new owner. WC: For me, having Norman Jaffe, FAIA, and Samuel Mock- bee, FAIA, as my mentors has made a profound impact on my work. I have also always thought that teaching was an integral part of my work. This allows me to stay informed and to share my design thinking with students and other faculty. I do think that the AIA can have a much stronger connection to academia. This can help with the talent pipeline and new graduates having greater access to firms in need, but also with connecting research centers in firms with research centers in universities. There is a great opportunity and interest from both practice and the academy. What are some principles that drive your design process? JF: Architecture true to its place and time was a founding principle of the firm. Houses are connected to the land and de- signed so our clients will make time to enjoy that connection. Our projects use resources wisely and make a positive impact on the environment. Projects are designed for their time and place, and to create delight in our clients' lives. We create homes rooted in the landscape. WC: For architecture projects, having a deep understanding of the site forces and programmatic forces are the main prin- ciples in our design process. We use physical study models and precedent and component analysis through the design process. Visual animation helps us place the projects in form and space, and is a great tool to bring clients into our design thinking. Our primary focus is modern, sustainable residential and commercial architecture. We also provide a range of profes- sional services in interior design, landscape architecture, and branding, as well as website and graphic design. Lightroom is celebrated internationally for the quiet and restrained rigor of its designs and its creative accommodation of site demands and opportunities, particularly those inherent in the land- scape, climate, and design vernaculars of the American South. What suggestions or advice do you have for young and future architects? JF: For interns, I suggest you work in a variety of offices to learn what is the best fit for you—large firm or small firm, high-rises or custom residential, traditional design or some- thing else. I always encourage my interns to get registered as soon as possible, otherwise life can get in the way. Once reg- istered, always keep your National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) certificate active, because you never know when the registration rules might change, or your life changes and you need to be registered in another state. WC: As a former chair of the Young Architects Forum and the founder of the AIA National Young Architects Award, I would say get involved with YAF or NAC [National As- sociates Committee]. There is a great opportunity here to encourage leadership skills and cultivate new leaders in the profession. I also think that programs like our AIA Atlanta High School Design Competition, which I co-founded with Jay Silverman, reach a completely different array of stu- dents. They encourage design thinking at a much younger age—some of these students start as early as 8th grade. Their teachers and parents become very strong advocates for public interest design, and I can attest that many of these students become outstanding and exemplary designers and leaders. Above: Lightroom pursues sustainable strategies that rely only lightly on the grid. 44 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 3, 2018 AIA CRAN

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