Environmental Awareness
Brooks + Scarpa has redefined the role of the architect and results in some of the most remarkable and exploratory design today. We do so by looking, questioning and reworking the very process of design and building. Each project appears as an opportunity to rethink the way things normally get done; to redefine and identify latent potential that exists inmaterials, form, construction and even financing—to, as Lawrence Scarpa says, make the “ordinary extraordinary.” This produces entirely inventive work that is quite difficult to categorize because it is driven by exploration rather than an initial intent. It is environmentally sustainable, but not about ‘sustainable design.’ It employs new materials, digital practices and technologies, but is not defined by nor molded by technologies. It is socially and community conscious, but it is not created as a politically correct statement. Rather, it is deeply rooted in conditions of the everyday, and works with our perception and preconceptions to allow us to see things in new ways.

Over the last ten years, BROOKS + SCARPA has received more than 50 major design awards, including the 2010 AIA National Architecture Firm Award, 18 national AIA Honor Awards for architecture and interior architecture, 2005 Record Houses, 2003 Record Interiors, 2003 Rudy Bruner Prize, four AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Awards and was a finalist for the 2003 World Habitat Award, one of ten firms selected worldwide. In 2004 The Architectural League of New York selected the firm as an “Emerging Voice” in architecture. Their work was recently exhibited at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, featured in Newsweek and appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 2009, Brooks + Scarpa received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Interior Design Magazine.

Brooks + Scarpa is committed to conserving the environment and intelligently utilizing our natural and cultural resources. We believe that societies across the globe are experiencing a shift in attitude from one merely concerned with surviving on earth to one concerned with changing how we live so that the earth can survive. Brooks + Scarpa embraces this shift and seeks to enhance the impact of sustainable design and development as a basic tenet of our practice. We are proactive in our approach to the creation of sustainable buildings and environments and believe that sustainable ideas and strategies have the potential and power to enrich and broaden culture as well as architectural language.

As individuals and as a firm, we are committed to conserving the environment and intelligently utilizing our natural and cultural resources. We have been cited for innovative environmental design on many occasions and have been featured in numerous publications for our work exploring environmental issues. Our firm has received many awards for our sustainable work including the 2003 AIA COTE “Top Ten Green Building” Award. Brooks + Scarpa has set the standard for sustainability for many building types. Many of our staff is LEEDTMaccredited, including 75% of our firm’s principals.
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