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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, from Ottawa will explain the science behind natural building and share why they both concluded that building out of ancient wisdom, age-old, low-tech materials presents one of the boldest and most viable solutions today for achieving optimal health and ecological performance. They will also explain how they worked with building officials to accept this ‘alternative solution,’ documenting the process and showing their finished homes.
Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA, and Bobby Ilg, OAA, MRAIC, M.Arch., B.Env.D.
Paula Baker-Laporte 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 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 He has recently hosted a 2016 and 2017 natural building workshop in Ottawa, which several of his students attended.