Greg VanMechelen is a licensed architect with more than 18 years of professional experience.  He is also concerned with the environmental effects of architecture on both global and human health.  He can provide design, construction and material choices that promote good use of limited natural resources, while creating non-toxic environments that increase user productivity and enjoyment.  He is on the local and national boards of Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility, and is a co-author of their Architectural Resource Guide.

Professional Experience

1992-Present         Greg VanMechelen, Architect, Berkeley, CA

1986-1992              Stone Marraccini Patterson Architects (now the Smith Group), San Francisco, CA

1984-1986              Hoffman O’Brien Levatich & Taube, Ithaca, NY

Partial Project Experience

2005                        Waldorf School of Mendocino County:  Master Plan for 4 acre campus and design for new Eurythmy/ Music Hall, Classrooms, Early Childhood Education, and Administration.

2005                        The Prospects at Pacifica:  Master Plan and design for 34 new environmental residences on an 11 acre site.  Project features passive solar design, water reclaimation, extensive landscaping, ecological building materials, and site strategies to minimize the impact of the automobile.

2004                        Meadowbrook Waldorf School, East Kingston, RI:  Master Plan for 28 acre campus and design for new Grade School and Early Childhood Education Center.

2003                        California Conservation Center, Berkeley, CA:  Addition and remodel for Recycling Center Offices featuring a variety of salvaged, recycled, and renewable materials.

2002                        Abrams Residence, Cloverdale, CA:  New strawbale residence with passive and active solar design, radiant heating, natural and salvaged materials.

2002                        California Vipassana Center, North Fork, CA:  Meditation Pagoda and residential units using passive solar design, strawbale construction, and numerous natural materials.

1999                        Shorebird Environmental Learning Center, Berkeley, CA:  Education Center with strawbale construction, solar design, and alternative and recycled content materials.

1997-1999              East Bay Waldorf School, El Sobrante, CA: Master Plan for Upper School, Gardening/ Craft Structure with strawbale construction, earthen floors, and salvaged lumber.

1999-2000              Urban Ore EcoPark, Berkeley, CA:  Industrial Retrofit and Remodel incorporating salvaged elements and environmentally-preferable materials.

1997-1999              Knapp/Levin Residence, Redwood Valley, CA:  Energy independent single family residence incorporating strawbale construction and permaculture landscaping.

1997-1998              Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories, Berkeley, CA:  Revised architectural specifications to incorporate less polluting, resource and energy-efficient products.

1992-present          ADPSR Architectural Resource Guide:  Co-author of sourcebook for environmentally considered materials and techniques.

1993-present          The Building Ecology Forum:  co-organizer and speaker at monthly lecture series.

Related Public Speaking (partial listing)

                                 KQED Forum, KPFA, KNBR, KFOG, KSAN radio; Bioneers, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, General Services Administration (Chicago and Washington DC), Sandia National Laboratory, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Fiber Futures Conference, San Francisco Institute of Architecture, Sierra Club, Natural Building Network, Solar Energy Exposition and Rally

Professional Organizations

                                 ADPSR, NorCal and National Board, Co-chair, Education and Resources Committees; Berkeley EcoHouse, Co-chair; Berkeley Green Resource Center, Co-founder and Advisory Board Member

Professional Registration

                                 Licensed to practice Architecture in California and New York.


1984                        Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture


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