On the Habits of High-Performance Firms

LMSA participated in a study recently published by the AIA Committee on the Environment that investigated ten firms who have received at least three AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project awards and their secrets to sustainable design excellence. We loved being a part of it and sharing our experiences with the architecture community; be sure to check out Lance Hosey's summary of the report in Architect Magazine.

Vanna Whitney Promoted to Senior Associate

We are excited to share that Vanna Whitney has been promoted to Senior Associate!

Vanna has focused her more than 20-year career on underserved communities and environmental and social sustainability. As a valued leader at LMSA, she has made key contributions to the firm and the community. She has deep experience with multifamily housing and has led the firm's mentorship program and spoken on supportive housing at local and national events.

2017 AIA Architecture Firm Award

LMSA is thrilled to have been selected by the American Institute of Architects Board of Directors for the 2017 Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor the Institute bestows on an architecture firm.

UC Berkeley Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation Certified LEED Platinum

The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley, an exemplary model of sustainable design since it opened in the fall of 2015, has officially been certified LEED Platinum.

LMSA Stance on 2016 Presidential Election

Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects is committed to promoting a just, regenerative future for everyone. We perceive the results of the 2016 presidential election as a call to action to re-double our efforts to create environments that benefit all people, their communities and the planet. We stand for social equity, for healthy, prosperous communities, and for aggressively addressing climate change. We stand with the AIA Committee on the Environment and the California State Legislative Leaders.

U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge Recognizes Jacobs Hall

UC Berkeley, and in particular the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge for its leadership in energy efficiency. The program is a part of the Obama Administration's effort to cut energy waste in the nation's university buildings and facilities, and Jacobs Hall exemplifies this principle by enjoying energy savings of 65%, or $41,000, after just five months of operation.

LMSA wins 2016 Marvin Hall of Fame Design Award

We are excited to share that we have received a 2016 Marvin Design Award! We are honored to be able to share our message with the world, and emphasize the importance of sustainable buildings and making good architecture accessible to everyone.

Architect Magazine: 2016 Architect 50, Ranked in the top 50 Firms in the Nation

For the sixth year in a row, LMSA has been ranked by Architect Magazine as one of the top 50 firms in the nation!

Best Practice Award, New Construction

LMSA is very excited to share that the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley won a Best Practice Award, which honors buildings on California university campuses that exemplify sustainable and innovative strategies. Check out this cool video where LMSA Senior Associate Ryan Jang discusses some of the sustainable design features of the building, and read the full case study.

LMSA Announces Promotions

LMSA announces four new promotions within our leadership group: Gregg Novicoff, AIA, LEED AP as Associate Principal, Ryan Jang, AIA, LEED AP as Senior Associate, and Aaron Thornton, AIA and Edward Kopelson, AIA, LEED AP as Associates.

AIA National - Committee on the Environment, Top Ten Green Project

LMSA is thrilled to share that two of our projects have been honored by the AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) as 2016 Top Ten Green Buildings in the United States: Rene Cazenave Apartments, supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals in San Francisco, and The Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at UC Berkeley. We are one of only three firms in the nation to have won eight or more COTE Top Ten Awards during the twenty-year life of this important program that celebrates the creative integration of design and advanced sustainability.

AIA San Francisco, Merit Award

We are honored that the AIA San Francisco chapter honored the North Beach Branch Library project with a Merit Award at the 2016 Design Awards ceremony. Two of our other projects also received recognition - the Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation received a Sustainability Commendation and 474 Natoma Apartments won a Social Responsibility Commendation.

Welcome Home

Last year, Sweetwater Spectrum Community received an ASLA National Honor Award, which recognizes excellence in landscape architecture. LMSA collaborated closely with Roche + Roche Landscape Architects to design "comfortable spaces within the landscape," rather than attention-getting architecture. To read more about the landscape design process, read the article in the February 2016 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Ryan Jang at the SCUP Pacific Regional Conference

Ryan Jang presented at the 2016 SCUP Pacific Regional Conference in Tempe, Arizona at the beginning of March- his talk focused on the design and construction process undertaken to complete the donor-funded Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley.