October 7, 2021No Comments

Walker Architects attends Greenbuild 2021

Greenbuild, in partnership with USGBC, hosts the largest annual event for green building professionals worldwide, where attendees learn and source solutions to improve resilience, sustainability and quality of life in our buildings, cities and communities. 

This year’s event was held on September 21-23, 2021 in San Diego, and our Director of Sustainability, Iris Meeker, attended the event to keep abreast of the most pressing issues surrounding the green building movement and to further advance our commitment to sustainability. 

This year's event included inspiring world class keynote speakers, accredited education opportunities, an expo floor showcasing cutting edge technologies, sustainability innovation, and networking opportunities. And equally as important, it provided a chance to connect with like minded professionals with a common mission to advance sustainable, accessible, equitable, and healthier living standards across the world. 

Highlights of Greenbuild 2021 topics included:

  • human health and wellbeing
  • resiliency
  • mitigate climate change
  • community and social equality
  • restore and protect our ecosystems
  • regenerative design 
  • building efficiency and performance

 

We believe that the future of the human race is interwoven with the future of our planet. The sustainable practices celebrated at Greenbuild help to remind us that our success as sustainability advocates and professionals is more than a movement, it is our social responsibility. That is why we will continue to ask the important questions, continue to learn, and continue our commitment to sustainability to ensure that we are always moving forward. 

September 23, 2021No Comments

Designing for Wellness

Most people spend up to ninety percent of their lives indoors. With that in mind, we believe that design to promote human wellness is critical.
A building designed for occupant wellness can include features like biophilic elements, ergonomic work areas, healthy building materials, and acoustically sensitive and agile spaces that support healthy choices by the end-user. All of these design elements work together to make us healthier and happier.
We believe in designing people-centered spaces by asking the right questions:

  • How can the design encourage a healthy lifestyle?
  • How can the space provide for greater occupant comfort and well-being?
  • How can the space feel welcoming and inclusive for all?
  • How can design connect people with place and nature?
  • What materials can support a healthy environment?

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August 20, 2021No Comments

How Higher Education spaces can support the collegiate shift toward conversations

We are a firm who actively listens — and what we’ve heard from our clients is that outdated collegiate spaces are getting in the way of progress. Hundreds of higher education projects over the last decade have taught us that spaces are constantly challenged with evolving needs. The architecture that supported innovation in the classroom of yesterday might stand in the way of progress today. While we can’t anticipate every trend, we can design spaces to be ready to support organizations as they adapt and grow.

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August 12, 2021No Comments

On the Boards: Williston Streetscape

The City of Williston has a vision of renewed purpose in the heart of their historic downtown district. They approached Walker Architects to help with a plan to restore and reopen the building arcade, freshen Main Street storefronts, and introduce a new community space in Parcel O. These projects, in tandem, offer a powerful invigoration effort that could redefine and rejuvenate the fabric of downtown Williston.

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June 16, 2021No Comments

On The Boards: GRACE

What does ending homelessness in Alachua County look like? 

GRACE provides services that make a difference. Since 2014, they’ve reduced homelessness in Alachua County by 47% by moving more than 1,700 people into permanent housing. They reached out to us with a simple need: to serve more people with the only resource that can actually end homelessness: housing.

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May 5, 2021No Comments

On the Boards: Chi University

The Chi Small Animal Hospital is a veterinary clinic that integrates western and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine. Its goal is to improve pet wellness by providing holistic care in a comfortable, serene setting.

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April 22, 2021No Comments

The Walker Architects team considers environmental stewardship an integral piece of our overall design philosophy and culture.

As environmental concern continues to grow both nationally and globally amid the current climate crisis, Walker Architects understands the critical importance of designing for a sustainable future.

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February 9, 2021No Comments

Our New Office Sets the Stage for Collaborative Creative Work

When we set about creating the new Walker Architects office in a former Big Boy restaurant, our team envisioned a space that would capture who we are: passionate, fun, and focused on design. Equally, our firm needed an open, flexible space that would foster collaboration and accommodate several small meetings or office-wide gatherings for presentations and parties.

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November 17, 2020No Comments

On the Boards: UF Student Health Care Center

At the project outset, visioning projected a fresh Student Health Care Center which would feel welcoming, innovative, and student-centric. The new SHCC would embody wellness in a holistic sense, a space serving the body, mind, and soul of all patients, whether in need of treatment or well care.

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October 26, 2020No Comments

On the Boards: Alachua County Tax Collector New NW Branch

The Walker Team is currently in the documentation phase of the freshly designed Tax Collector branch, located on the north side of town on 34th Blvd. As we're adding the final details to the design, it's interesting to look back on the previous phases and see what held true throughout the design process and its evolution.

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