Although Ankrom Moisan
has been operating since the early 1980s, the new millennium prompted a
significant change in the way we approach design. Since the early oughts, we
have pushed our critical and creative thinking to accelerate our sustainable
design thinking to create places
where people thrive. The timeline above is a sample of the firm’s most defining
moments in designing lasting communities for the future.
The very basic responsibility of
architects and interior designers is to protect the safety and welfare of all. When
it comes to sustainable design, certification
systems like LEED and Passive House have helped bring sustainability to the
mainstream, challenging design teams to delve into the exploratory design questions
necessary to produce a better building—one that is less resource intensive, a
better neighbor, and socially responsible.
But a project doesn’t need to be
certified to be sustainable. Whether a project has goals of certification or
not, the certification systems have helped to foster this dialog in
architecture offices so project teams are
experienced and prepared to incorporate these strategies into every single
project, particularly those that cost no additional money or offer a good
return on investment. Designers need to balance client goals, budget, and
values to match the sustainable design strategies to each project.
Moisan, we use sustainable building industry standards as a framework to
inform our design philosophy, process, and decisions for all projects. Our
experience in pursuing four international standards—LEED, Passive House, WELL,
and Living Building Challenge—allows us to apply the most cost-effective,
holistic, sustainable strategies best-suited to each project, client, and
community. Our holistic approach to sustainability emphasizes beautiful and
equitable design while balancing water and energy use reduction, occupant
wellness, environmental protection, and resiliency with the client’s bottom
We understand that today “sustainability”
is a term that encompasses more—climate change, inequity and social
responsibility, resource depletion, health and wellness, to name a few. Strategies
include reducing energy and water use, reducing waste, contributing to the affordable housing stock, equitable
design and access, implementation of biophilic strategies, selection of
materials that are less resource intensive in their production (a.k.a. have a
smaller carbon footprint),
and healthier for the occupants of the building and the workforce who produces
AMA’s Sustainable Design Values
- DESIGN Using humane, holistic and integrated
design solutions, we create beautiful places to enhance the human experience
today and for future generations.
- QUALITY Through thoughtful selection of
materials and systems we reduce the energy consumption of our buildings and
create healthier environments and healthier occupants.
- DURABILITY We have a responsibility to create
resilient buildings and communities that will endure. By viewing design through the wide lens of
resilience we protect the ecosystems on which we depend and the species that
call them home, reduce resource depletion and pollution, and build a better
- COMMUNITY We create place that support people
in a way that is just, fair, and inspirational.
The communities we design are diverse, inclusive, and equitable,
enhancing the quality of life for all.
The West coast is
on the leading edge of policy development with ambitious energy and carbon reduction targets that will impact the way
buildings and communities are designed. By implementing sustainable
design strategies in every project our team at AMA is well-prepared to take on the challenge of
meeting and exceeding these rigorous goals.
Over the next few months we will be featuring some of these
projects in a series of case studies highlighting innovative solutions to holistic sustainable design.
For more information, visit our sustainability page here.