What is Smart Architecture?

It's about better buildings. Buildings, which by their intelligent design:

  • save money - initial costs and operating costs
  • exceed common standards of energy efficiency
  • are beautiful and functional
  • use healthy, non-toxic materials
  • are versatile and enduring
  • make wise, minimal use of planetary resources
  • minimize life cycle costs
  • integrate natural systems with building systems
  • reduce wastes
  • market a green corporate image

How do we produce it?

  • Use an integrated, multi-diciplinary team process
  • Listen very carefully to our clients
  • Use our vast knowledge of materials and construction assemblies
  • Use computer simulated energy modeling

About the work...

Design Philosophy

Through our integrated team approach we work hard to understand the unique needs and aspirations of our clients. We help them create built environments that work well, look beautiful and are worthy of the resources spent. We do this by paying careful attention, at every step of the process, to bringing all of our resources to bear on the client's behalf.

Client Needs

Understanding and responding to our client's needs is the most important step. We start by interviewing, and meeting with all of the key people involved. We then move onto brainstorming or working group design charrettes with these users. The design charrettes can expand to include lighting, indoor air quality, HVAC, energy modeling and other expert consultants. Through this process we will be able to understand the subtleties of what is needed, what is dreamed, and what may be possible. Using this process we have established a track record of satisfied client groups.

Team Approach

Establishing an interactive consultative process with all of the people affected by the project, including owners, users, community groups, regulatory officials, and outside consultants will ensure that they become positive stakeholders in the project.

Healthy and Enduring Buildings

We are able to apply current knowledge about healthy building materials and indoor air quality to ensure that building users will be able to enjoy the building environment. Our detailed understanding of building envelope design and lifecycle costs ensures that the building will function technically well into the future, and place lower burdens on the environment.

Linda Chapman, B.Arch., OAA, MRAIC

Linda has in depth experience with the evolving field of green building design and has special expertise with sustainable materials and building technologies. She is a Canadian leader in the straw bale construction movement with dozens of straw bale buildings and several published reports to her credit. She is also experienced using Natural Resources Canada's C2000 integrated design team process for the production of super energy efficient buildings, with well integrated building systems.

Linda graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Toronto in 1983 and trained with several architects in the Toronto area. She established her own practice in 1991 in order to fully focus on sustainable architecture. In particular she has:

  • Created housing for environmentally hypersensitive clients
  • Developed complex client space-planning programs
  • Created successful Charrette-style design workshops for multiple client groups
  • Successfully coordinated multi-disciplinary project teams
  • Experience with sustainable technology research and development