Design Philosophy – Natural Building

Natural Dwellings Architecture is committed to the design of functional and creative spaces that will result in a minimal impact on our planet and health. Architecture is the response to our need for shelter and place within our environment. We believe that a building should express its relationship to its site and to its inhabitants. NDA seeks to combine vernacular building knowledge with modern technologies in energy and materials.

Sustainable Design – Green Building

The future of the built environment depends on us making informed and conscious decisions about the way we build and the materials we use. The most important sustainable design decisions are made at the beginning of a project; those of passive design, correct sizing, and site utilization. We also believe in the importance of integrated design, a practice at the core of good design. Collaboration with all parties; owner, architect, engineers, and builder, results in a more efficient and better building. Green building is a smarter way of thinking and results in more efficient and healthier buildings.

Profile – Meghan Hanson, AIA, LEED AP, CPHC

NDA was started in 2008 by Meghan Hanson. Meghan received a Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University in 2002. She achieved her accredited professional (LEED AP) credential in 2004. Prior to founding NDA, she worked from 2002-2007 with Carney Architects in Jackson, Wyoming, where she was involved in the design and construction administration of numerous projects, including the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve which received the first LEED Platinum rating in a National Park and the state of Wyoming. Meghan also worked from 2007-2008 at Plan One Architects in Driggs, Idaho, where she coordinated schematic design through construction documents for the Pearl at Jackson, a mixed-use building in Jackson, Wyoming which achieved a LEED Silver rating.

Meghan is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI). She has been a speaker for Friends of the Teton River, Waterwise series and taught a green building continuing education course. She is a Driggs City Design Review Advisory Committee member. Meghan also teaches for the Artemis Institute, a non-profit organization offering a design-build college course titled Remote Studio dedicated to environmental immersion and sustainability.
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