Brittany D. Dhawan, AIA, LFA, is a well rounded architect who focuses on the bigger picture in life and in projects. Sustainability is the main ethos of her and the practice at Studio 144 Architects. For her home / office she has created a DIY greywater system, installed water saving devices like drip irrigation, planted a native plant garden and a productive fruit and vegetable garden, and is now installing a solar array. Sustainability isn’t greenwashing at Studio 144 Architects, as she looks at every aspect of a project to find new ways to save water, energy, create supplies out of waste, and reconnect people, places and communities to their land. Brittany also holds a degree in Global Studies from APU and uses that to inform her study of people, places, culture and systems to better understand clients needs and the world around the places she works.
Brittany brings 19 years of experience in the field of architecture in California to her projects. Studio 144 Architects is now celebrating its 3 year anniversary as a firm this month, September 2022. Brittany has worked for small to medium / large offices in California working on everything from single family residential remodels to large multifamily complexes (new and renovations). She has also worked on a variety of other project types from Churches, Public Libraries, Community College Buildings, to a new K-12 building.
We can no longer live and build in the Status Quo methods of the past. That is why Brittany embarked on getting an LFA accreditation from the Living Futures Institute. Living Futures is pushing the entire building industry forward with programs like the Living Building Challenge, the Red List for Materials, the Declare Labels, and more. Brittany is looking for clients and projects that want to be LBC Certified or Petal Certified, and that want to push the envelope of sustainability as well.
For renovation projects, which have been the heart of her career, Brittany brings a surgical approach to working around existing parameters in buildings. Seeing what can and cannot be saved and working around tight spaces and issues. Renovation is harder, but many times worth it to avoid the carbon emissions of building new and the materials waste from demolition. Being able to avoid razing the structure saves more than a building. It saves resources and sometimes the character and history of a community.