Design Green, Design Beautiful: Carmel Valley Home Tour

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013 5:00PM - 8:00PM


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Trainer Residence

16260 Klondike Canyon Road
Carmel Valley, CA

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The Trainer Residence, on a hundred acre ranch named “Sage Ridge” in Carmel Valley, was the last residential project of iconic architect George Brook-Kothlow, which he designed in collaboration with architect partner, Dennis Hodgin. The project is currently being built by North Star Construction.

The pioneering design is unique, ambitious and difficult to label (see work in progress photos at The way in which natural lighting and passive solar gain were incorporated into the design will become a model for architecture in the future, eliminating any excuses for green design that isn’t beautiful, or beautiful design that isn’t green.This home will also be featured in the upcoming AIAMB Arts and Architecture Lecture by Richard Olsen on the works of George Brook-Kothlow, as well as in his upcoming book, California Green.

The event will be hosted by general contractor Alfred Seccombe. The tour of the site will be guided by the landscape designer, Barkley David Smith, and the building tour will be led by architect, Dennis Hodgin.


GBCI Credential Maintenance Program

Approved for 
  1.5 Continuing Education Hours for LEED Professional Credential Maintenance

Activity Type:
Professional Development Continuing Education

Course ID: 0090009974


5:30 - Reception with wine & hors d'oeuvres

6:00 - USGBC Welcome, Sponsor Thank You and Upcoming Events

6:30 - 8:00 - Program

Landscaping: Follow the Water
Tour led by landscape designer David Barkley Smith
- Features include roof water and gray water reuse, living roof, living walls, native plants, and bio-filter.

Architecture: Design Green, Design Beautiful
Tour led by architect Dennis Hodgin
- Architecturally significant, aesthetically pleasing, green design.
- Sustainable features include passive solar design, high efficiency energy systems and lighting, foam roofing and 25kw photovoltaic system.

About the Speakers

Barkley David Smith, Project Landscape Designer
Barkley Smith is a graduate in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley. Over the last 20 years his gardens have evolved into a style he calls "Steampunk Japanese" which draws upon Eco-tech, plant artistry, and a deep respect for the natural world. Barkley's latest works include greenwalls, natural bio-filters and other features. Barkley lives in Carmel Valley with his wife Mollie Mae, and their two young children Iphie and Scirocco.

Dennis Hodgin, Project Architect
Mr. Hodgin is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he studied and worked his fifth year of architecture in Sweden and did graduate work at George Washington University.  He has been a licensed Architect in California since 1976 and the next year established the firm Dennis Hodgin AIA Architects in Monterey.  His experience in the profession encompasses a wide range of building types, including residential, mixed-use, commercial, hospital, and educational buildings.  Some of his noted projects include the historical renovation of the Marsh oriental art building in Monterey, surgery centers at CHOMP and Palo Alto Medical Center, a computer science building at the Naval Postgraduate School and the first strawbale building in Monterey County.  While president of the local AIA, he received the prestigious Robert Stanton Award for his contribution to the field of architecture in 2003.  He was the instigator and chair of the international AIA competition, Concepts, providing housing solutions for the Monterey Bay area.  He has served on a variety of local governmental boards and commissions and has received a variety of design awards. Currently, Dennis is living and working in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where he has a small office and still maintains his firm and practice in Monterey.

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On Carmel Valley Rd. Drive 1 mile past Carmel Valley Village (13 miles from Highway 1). Turn left at “Village Ranches” on to Klondike Canyon Rd. Proceed two miles up Klondike Canyon Rd. Stay left until you reach “Ranch #2”. Turn right at “Ranch #2”, 16260 Klondike Canyon Rd.

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North California Chapter

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