AIA/LA hosts tour of 5 sustainable homes by David Hertz

The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects will devote its Oct. 5 home tour to the designs of David Hertz, founder of Studio of Environmental Architecture and a staunch proponent of environmentally sensitive design.

The AIA|LA Monograph Tour will include five Venice homes designed by Hertz including the architect’s own home, pictured above.

“I employ green techniques in all my work,” he told architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne in 2005, “but I’ve thought of my own house — both the original and now this addition — as a kind of case study, even a working laboratory, for me to live with environmental systems, materials and methodologies.”

Stops on the self-guided tour include the Butterfly House, named for its butterfly roof rainwater catch system, the Pacific Navy House, which features both solar systems and stormwater collection features, and the Panel House, a narrow residence that is protected from sun exposure and busy Ocean Front Walk through a system of aluminum louvers.


The tour runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Tickets are $65 for AIA  members, $75 for general public and $85 on the day of the tour.

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