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RESEARCH, ADVOCACY, DESIGN: IT'S ALL ARCHITECTURE
Henry Siegel and Larry Strain explore the intersection of design, research and advocacy in their practice over the last 30 years.
ABOUT SIEGEL + STRAIN ARCHITECTURE
Siegel & Strain Architects, based in Emeryville, California, has designed a wide variety of projects for mostly institutional clients over the last 30 years. The practice has always combined site and climate specific design with research on materials and embodied carbon and leading edge sustainability. Their many community-based projects have been designed in close collaboration with consultants, clients and stakeholders. In December, the firm won its 100th design award –- a 2021 American Architecture Award for the Redwood Visitor Center. Both Larry Strain and Henry Siegel are graduates of the M. Arch program at UC Berkeley. After graduating, both worked for Bill Turnbull and Donlyn Lyndon.
ABOUT HENRY SIEGEL, FAIA
Since the early 1990s, Henry has championed the idea that good design is about values, not just aesthetics, and has put that conviction into practice through projects that combine design for environmental stewardship with thoughtful, site-sensitive building design. His projects have won multiple awards, including national Top Ten Awards from the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE). Henry is past chair of the COTE national Advisory Group and current member of AIA California COTE steering committee, where he advocates for laws and codes addressing climate change and the building sector, and for the incorporation of sustainable design values and metrics into awards programs and architecture school curricula. Henry has taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a past member of the University’s Design Review Committee. He has spoken widely and has served on architectural awards juries across the U.S.
ABOUT LARRY STRAIN, FAIA
Larry has been practicing sustainable design since the 1980s and believes in an architecture that serves the environment, and supports community and equity -- buildings that contribute to the world, not the world’s problems. His practical, problem-solving experience as a builder prior to becoming an architect, have informed his practice for more than 40 years. His industry- leading research on embodied carbon helped to establish methods and benchmarks for understanding embodied carbon, and he has been a strong advocate for low-carbon design and reusing and retrofitting existing buildings. Larry was on the research team for the Embodied Carbon Benchmark Study of the Carbon Leadership Forum, was a founding member of the AIA Materials Knowledge Working Group, and has served on the boards of the Carbon Leadership Forum, USGBC–Northern California Chapter, and the Ecological Building Network. Larry has taught at the University of California, Berkeley and was a lecturer at ILAUD, the International Laboratory of Architecture and Urban Design in Venice, Italy.