Two Architects and Their Own Homes: Built to Serve Health and Ecology for the Next 150

Why on earth would two architects, educated to be good modernists, choose to build their own homes out of earth? In this presentation, architects Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA from Oregon and Bobby Ilg, OAA, MRAIC from Ottawa will explain the science behind natural building and share why they both concluded that building out of age-old, low-tech materials presents one of the most viable solutions today for achieving optimal health and ecological performance. They will also explain how they worked with building officials to accept this outside-the-box solution, documenting the process and showing their finished homes. 

Session Details

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Friday, May 26th, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
1.5 Structured/Core AIA LU HSW
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Session Speaker(s)

Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA, BBEC

Principal Architect, Founder, EcoNest Architecture, Inc.

Paula Baker-Laporte FAIA is an architect, building biologist, author, international healthy building consultant and educator. She is the principal architect of EcoNest Architecture, Inc. and primary author of the following books: "Prescriptions for a Healthy House," "EcoNest," and "The EcoNest Home." EcoNest natural homes have been built throughout North America and featured in numerous publications.

Bobby Ilg, OAA, MRAIC, M.Arch., B.Env.D.

Principal Architect at Ilg and Ilg Inc.; Part-time Professor at Algonquin College, BAA Interior Design Program

Bobby Ilg is an architect in Ottawa who has particular interest in designing and creating healthy, natural buildings. He is also a part-time professor in the BAA Interior Design program at Algonquin College, and has recently hosted a Fall 2016 natural building workshop in Ottawa which several of his students attended.

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24-27 May 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

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The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and the Ontario Association of Architects have partnered to present the 2017 Festival of Architecture May 24-27, 2017 in Ottawa.

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