The founders of Bork Design, Inc. and Hall Smith Office, two award-winning and long-standing architecture firms in Georgia, have combined their expertise and created Architectural Collaborative LLC., branded as Arcollab. Principals Lori Bork Newcomer, Joseph Smith, and Gabriel Comstock will lead the new firm, located in Athens, Ga.
“We believe that sustainability is at the core of good design,” said Comstock. Newcomer agreed, noting “we strive to create inspired spaces and structures that are strongly rooted in their sense of place and grow from their surrounding natural and built environment. A return to thoughtful regional design is one of the best ways to address both environmental concerns and the proliferation of ubiquitous architecture.”
Environmental responsibility is a principal consideration in the company’s work. Arcollab advocates a return to the simple passive systems of the past including daylighting, passive heating and cooling, and strategic natural ventilation. These systems cost little or nothing to incorporate into designs but can have a dramatic effect in reducing energy demands.
Arcollab has established relationships with suppliers for locally sourced materials in the region, and continually works to educate themselves about new products and creative approaches that can support the mission of responsible design. Newcomer and Comstock are LEED Accredited Professionals, and have completed projects certified under LEED for Homes, the Southeast’s regional Earthcraft Program through Southface Energy Institute, and Energy Star.
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