Jane's Architect Magazine Article on Climate Action

Jane has written monthly articles for The Beaufort Gazette for years. Now she's got a bit of a larger readership. As AIA president, Jane has a monthly article published in Architect Magazine, The Journal of the American Institute of Architects . Her January article is called "Being What Happens, solving the climate crisis is about using our specialized skills." She urges others in the architectural profession to heed the call of activist Rebecca Solnit and "Don't ask what will happen. Be what happens."

Jane has pledged to use her year as president of AIA to, first and foremost, to advocate for solutions to the climate crisis. She and Michael are currently attending AIA Grassroots conference in New Orleans, where the AIA's comprehensive Climate Action Plan will be released.

An excerpt from her article:

The comprehensive Climate Action Plan set for release at the Grassroots Conference next month will expand on good work already underway. Through AIA’s partnerships with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Climate Mayors, we’re making inroads to ensure sustainability and resilience are prioritized in cities throughout the nation. Our advocacy for building codes and climate policies at local, state, and federal levels is driving action. AIA’s coordination with building product manufacturers and other industry stakeholders is highlighting the imperative of sustainable materials and practices through every aspect of the built environment. And it’s all supported by programs that supply AIA members with the tools we need to lead and to serve as true citizen architects.

Here is a link to the full text. 

Tom, Benjie and I are holding down the fort at Frederick + Frederick, immensely proud of Jane's advocacy. We hear its not all  hard work down in New Orleans (it's almost Mardi Gras, after all), so we're a teeny bit jealous too.

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Jane, hamming it up at Grassroots in New Orleans, on a tour of a Mardi Gras float warehouse.

 

 

 


Inauguration Festivities

Jane was welcomed by 2019 AIA President Bill Bates at her inauguration as the 96th president of The American Institute of Architects. The entire family and office traveled to Washington, DC to celebrate. Jane gave a speech that Benjie recorded here. Afterwards everyone enjoyed dancing the night away. David Lauderdale with the Island Packet wrote a great article about Jane.


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Long Cove Club Renovation

BIG changes at this Long Cove Club house on Hilton Head Island! Slide to see the before and after transformation.

 

The front exterior was refreshed by raising the existing porch roof, replacing the existing columns with new columns, all new windows, a new front door with sidelights, cable rail on the stair rail and new landscaping.

The new stair rail, by Sean Ahern of Ahern’s Anvil is so much more elegant than the existing. And who wants the HVAC return to be the first thing you see when entering the house? Not us- relocating it definitely elevates the space.

The kitchen is much brighter and more open than before, with a huge island and beautiful cabinetry.

The old pine media center just screamed 1990’s. Here the shelving and fireplace are updated for the 21st Century. Large lift and slide doors bring lots of light in and connect the interior living to the exterior.

This is where this family is going to be spending all their time! Hilton Head Living at its finest!

New outdoor living area with roll down insect screens, new brick fireplace, new roof terrace with insane views over the marshes of Broad Creek, accessed by a new spiral stair. The pool was redone, an outdoor shower added. Replacing the existing rail with cable rail really makes a huge difference!

The team and the clients are HAPPY! Thanks to Esposito Construction and to our FAB clients! What a fun project this was!

Sometimes people think that building a new house is the only way to achieve their dream home, but we are here to tell you, that sometimes a renovation is the way to go. It can be less expensive and more sustainable to rework an existing house. This Long Cove Club renovation is proof. Check out this major renovation on Fripp Island for another example of a transformative renovation.


Palmetto Bluff: On the Boards

Remember the Kessler House in Palmetto Bluff? The master plan has always included a third building, which provides a nice balance to the house. Construction is about to begin on the final phase of this project. This building houses an art studio, bicycle storage and a bedroom. Here are the preliminary drawings…

Palmetto Bluff elevation
3d drawing
floor plan palmetto bluff