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Sustainability is the foundation of timeless design—design that transcends culture and trends.

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The Business of Branding for Commercial Interiors

Across industries, company leaders are seeking progressive design firms to help them express their brand and transform their office interiors.

The digital age has revolutionized the ways that consumers research and find products and services they want. This makes it increasingly imperative for companies to share strong statements about who they are and how they can serve—both online and in the real world. Across industries, company leaders are seeking progressive design firms to help them develop and express their brand while morphing from traditional offices into open, modern work environments.

Five Trends in K-12 School Design Everyone Should Consider

Designer Kimberley Coffeen shares expert tips for K-12 school design and their impacts to education.

By Guest Blogger Kimberley Coffeen, CEFPI, LEED AP BD+C

We are living through a time where many industries and fields are facing a dramatic shift. Educational programming and K-12 school design are certainly no exceptions. While there are many ways to address the needs of today’s learning environments, not all need to be grandiose. Instead, we can focus on small moves that will have the greatest change, like buying new furniture, improving connectivity and developing a technology plan that supports long-term training and upkeep. Today, we dive into five trends in K-12 school design and their impacts to education:

Engineering Healthy Schools with Platinum Results

LPA's newest principal breaks down the sophisticated LEED for Schools Platinum engineering at Mongtomery Middle School.

Recent studies by Lawrence Berkeley National Labs indicate that more than half of Calif. K-12 classrooms do not meet code-required ventilation rates, while properly ventilated classrooms reduce student absences associated with illness. Additional studies by the same researchers have demonstrated that occupants of under-ventilated spaces demonstrate impaired decision making performance.

It is clear that a well-designed classroom that includes proper ventilation, good acoustics, superior indoor air quality (IAQ) and abundant daylight has a positive impact on students’ attendance, concentration and performance. At Montgomery Middle School, each classroom includes multiple systems and design elements that combine to provide a healthy, efficient and adaptable green school environment.

K-12 Schools Designer Receives FAIA Designation

Meet Orange County’s Newest Fellow of Architecture, Wendy Rogers

Receiving one of the greatest individual honors from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), LPA Design Principal Wendy Rogers has been elected to the AIA College of Fellows, joining President Dan Heinfeld and Design Principal Glenn Carels, as the firm’s third FAIA.

Designing for Career Technical Education Programs

CTE K12 school design at South Tahoe High School by LPA's education group

By LPA Blogger Kate Mraw

As evidenced by the increasing number of grant programs supporting Career Technical Education (CTE) facilities, there is a growing need for this particular brand of education, nationwide.

CTE environments support innovation, differentiated learning styles and the 4 C’s: Critical thinking, Collaboration, Communication and Creativity. These programs respond to technology and workplace needs as they help students prepare for a successful future.

Erik Ring joins the USGBC's LEED Fellow Class

Erik Ring joins LEED Fellow class

At the closing of a tremendous year for green building, LPA Associate Erik Ring has been named a LEED Fellow by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The LEED Fellow program is the green building industry's most prestigious professional designation, recognizing exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED professionals.

Architecture and Design Highlights 2013

On this final day of 2013, we review our top five Architecture and Design highlights of the year.

A tradition that has been with us since 2009, we look at some standout moments in architecture and design. On this final day of 2013, we look back on a year full of new endeavors, big challenges and collective successes. And this year, our top five moments of 2013 are identified by you, dear reader.

12 Tips for Bringing Sustainability Home this Season

LPA President Dan Heifeld shares 12 tips that will propel you in your journey for a more sustainable lifestyle

At the 2013 Solar Decathlon, which took place at Irvine, Calif.’s Great Park from Oct. 3-13, I was asked by the AIA Orange County Chapter to speak on sustainable design. While at the event, two things stood out for me: How many people were there on a Saturday afternoon to see the projects and how interested guests were to learn about the sustainable features of each student design project. It is estimated that there were 12,000 guests in attendance on Saturday, Oct. 12, and it seemed that there was a waiting line at every home’s entry.

Integrated Design: It Doesn’t Stop When Construction Starts

LPA's Albert Lam makes the case for an integrated design approach to the design and construction of K-12 Schools.

In the world of integrated project delivery, most of the attention is focused on the design phases of the project. After all, that is the time period when the bulk of documentation and coordination occurs and when systems, materials, and products are selected. It is when designers spend the most amount of time working with engineers and consultants to create a high performing, synergistic building.

Doing More with Less: A Timeless Idea for Integrated Design

McBride High School in Long Beach, CA is designed according to solar orientation partnered with the use of PV arrays.

With the end of 2013 approaching, two events this year illustrate how much the A & E industry has changed in the last twenty years—while some things never change as it relates to sustainable design and energy efficiency.

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