Welcome to Echo Studio
November 25, 2012
Echo Studio is back!!
After 17 years in architecture and planning, 8 years as a leader in the sustainability field, and 2 years in a post-disaster, developing country context (Haiti), I will be exploring some new territory.
And so will Echo Studio.
I look forward to finding a way to serve the needs of a world in which the built and the ‘natural’ must act as one by helping clients with:
integrating architecture and environment in underserved communities by providing design, consultation, and scenario-building for sustainable development.
October 19, 2010
Dave in Haiti 2010-2011, Echo Studio on hiatus
Dave is working for Architecture for Humanity in Haiti as an architect to assist with post-disaster reconstruction until Fall 2011.
Specifically, he is helping a client - J/P HRO - meet their design needs. J/P manages a large camp (over 50,000) of internally displaced persons called Petionville Club camp after the golf club at which it resides for now (I’ll be referring to this as the JP camp, or maybe PVC camp). Those design needs are always evolving and will extend to other projects to help Haitians get back on their feet.
Architecture for Humanity has a growing team in Haiti of very talented people here taking on a range of challenging projects - a number of schools, homes, and even assisting with moderate to large development projects.
Go to the AFH Haiti Reconstruction page to see some of our work.
For more information, see Dave’s blog: A Year in the Antilles.
In the meantime…
if you need assistance with architectural services, a Certified Passive House Consultant, or consultation for the integration of living systems (including green roofs, living walls), please contact me, and I will try to match you with a provider.
September 18, 2010
Songs About Buildings and Moods
Dave helped Accessible Contemporary Music (ACM) plan this unique event which commissioned five Chicago composers to write original pieces inspired by, and played in (and around), 5 great Chicago buildings.
Dave co-composed and performed some of the music for the Monadnock Building.
Read (and hear) some of the press:
Five premieres in great Chicago buildings illuminate a rainy Saturday, Chicago Classical Review
Tour Offers New Way to See and Hear Chicago Buildings, Chicago Public Radio WBEZ (audio interview)
The Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan 09-12-10 (audio interview)
July 11, 2010
Chicago Passive House takes shape
In Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, an urban residential retrofit shall rise from a former taqueria and demonstrate that a Passive House is possible on a tight city lot… and a tight budget in this collaboration with Richard Avery.
May 1, 2009
Dave has become a Passive House Certified consultant and is able to provide expertise to clients in one of the most stringent energy-efficiency building standards in the world.
Reclaimed / repurposed materials and a rooftop garden make a garage into more than a place to keep a car.
A window on the world: rethinking planter boxes and windows
Looks beautiful on a wall as it cleans the air and purifies water.
Facade rehabilitation of 26-unit condominium building.