Ecotechdesign, now affiliated with ecotechbuild has been service oriented since the beginning and has developed a green team approach to sustainable design in order to offer the client the best and most appropriate level of expertise from leading consultants in design, engineering and the natural sciences, regardless of project size or type. Using a collaborative strategy, only the necessary team players are assembled for each project in order to run the project efficiently and keep project costs and overhead to a minimum. The current green team:
Walter Scott Perry studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania where the influence of Louis I. Kahn and an awareness of light and the question of what it is about a place that makes it special was important. At an early age he sailed with his father, a systems engineer and inventor and discussed how things work or could work better, a Yankee trait that can be seen in Mr. Perry’s work today. Another clear voice during the 1960’s was that of Bucky Fuller who questioned things like, how much does a building weigh and who saw the planet as simply a space ship with limited resources so that the only meaningful, truly sustainable approach to solving the human habitat problem is to first understand how whole systems work. Meaningful sustainable design solutions don’t result from just how things look.
Mr. Perry practiced architecture in New York City and did community planning in Connecticut during the late 1960’s and early 1970s, moving to Santa Fe in 1974 where he was involved in the pioneer, passive-solar movement evolving at the time. Living and practicing out of a 24’ Airstream, he designed passive adobe houses, did energy consulting for single-wide trailer retrofit work, all the while overseeing construction of this country’s first Laser Fusion Laboratory in Los Alamos, NM. In 1979 he moved to San Francisco, setting up an office in North Beach and executing various projects such as passive solar houses, condominiums and community parks, while working on state-of-the-art commercial and institutional projects that incorporated and innovated some of this country’s first real applications of contemporary sustainable design: integrated beam daylighting, solar power, wind power, 2-stage evaporative cooling, helio-stat daylighting and co-generation.
He moved to L.A. in 1989 and designed the award-winning DWP Palmetto Construction Headquarters, then spent several years involved in the management and construction of Biosphere II and it’s unique building envelope. During the 1990’s Mr. Perry served on the editorial board of L.A. Architect, the EOS Institute, was on the Mayor’s Task Force for the L.A. Coliseum, the Santa Monica Civic Center Sustainable Design Charrette, the Green Building Conference, Eco-Expo and participated in events too numerous to enumerate. He has taught environmental design at the U.C.L.A. Dept. of Architecture, currently lectures at U.C Berkeley Dept. of Architecture and has served on numerous design reviews at Sci-Arc, USC, U.C.L.A., Cornell University, Columbia University, Woodbury University and CalPoly Pomona.
He has won numerous design awards, written and been published widely and been interviewed on Good Morning America. Mr. Perry has a B.A. and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
Currently, he is Co-chair of COTE LA, a member of AIA and licensed to practice architecture in California, New York, New Mexico and New Jersey. He holds an NCARB certificate.
Principal of ecotechdesign, Mr. Perry currently practices residential and light commercial architecture in Los Angeles, in addition to being Principal of the newly-formed subsidiary ecotechbuild, a design-build practice specializing in hybridhouse design and the use of repurposed cargo containers in residential construction. Working with Eric Engheben, Principal of 44 West Construction, Inc., ecotechbuild recently completed the first container home permitted and built in the Mojave Desert.
Eric Engheben, President of 44 West Construction, Inc. and a licensed General Engineering & Building Contractor with over 30 years experience, has been building green from the beginning. He is the contractor of record working in collaboration with Mr. Perry and ecotechbuild on projects involving the use of repurposed containers in home design. Recently, he completed a LEED Platinum rated residence in Los Angeles and his custom homes are featured in national publications and project awards. 44 West Construction, Inc. is a leader in construction quality, cost control, scheduling, waste management, green innovation and the integration of new technologies in all its projects. The focus is on working with client needs to realize maximum creativity and customer satisfaction. 44 West Construction has over 5 years experience in the repurpose and reconstruction of shipping container homes and is an industry.