What is sustainable design? A look at how Australian architect Andrew Maynard does it

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A day at the office

This is a series where I take my lectures presented as adjunct professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design in Toronto, and distill them down to a sort of Pecha Kucha slide show of 20 slides that take about 20 seconds each to read.

There really isn't a good definition of sustainable design, which is a problem for me when I am supposed to be teaching it. So I try and learn from the architects who are trying to figure it out. One who I really admire is Andrew Maynard, a young Australian architect who I have been following on TreeHugger for years. He hasn't produced a huge body of work, mostly renovations and additions, and has an unusual (for an architect anyway) approach to work/life balance, writing in ArchDaily:

Through planning, management and the ability to turn away bad projects, I never allow myself to be in a position where I need to work after hours. I have manufactured this situation with great difficulty over the years and outside of the norms of architectural practice. To generate this work/life balance I have opted out of the overly competitive and patriarchal environment that contemporary architectural working culture demands. My practice fills a tiny niche and I recognize that it is not financially viable for the profession as a whole to do as I do.

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