Laura has more than 30 years of experience in development, sustainable design, and community engagement. She has been on the cutting edge of affordable housing and low-energy design solutions for the past two decades. Laura is dedicated to the idea that sustainability should be simple, elegant, affordable, and available to everyone. She is actively involved in green initiatives in Pittsburgh, and in spreading the word about Passive House: she founded and developed the PHWPA (Passive House of Western Pennsylvania) and served as its first president. Her current projects include the new Carrick branch of the Carnegie Library, Morningside Crossing- affordable housing for seniors with a community center, and The Maker’s Clubhouse a childhood learning center designed to ignite enthusiasm for learning for elementary school children in Homewood.
Laura finds comfort in the idea that cultures can radically change: she first worked in an architectural office where she was the only non-smoker, and she graduated from Johns Hopkins’ second class to admit women. In the built environment, she initiates drastic transformation.