PHILADELPHIA, PA, August 27, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As a designer who strives to create beautiful, eco-friendly properties, Marianna Frances Digioia
celebrates a recent article
featured in Architect's Journal that highlights various views on sustainability in architectural education. Marianna Frances Digioia is an architect who places a heavy emphasis on creating structures that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly. She believes that a building does not have to jeopardize design in order to help the planet. Digioia advises other architects to build only what's necessary, noting that "many properties consume so much energy because they are build with far more extra space than necessary. When creating a new home, office, restaurant or other business, I encourage people to make it big enough to serve its purpose. A space does not have to be massive to be beautiful."
The article highlights green infrastructure specialist Blanche Cameron, who proposes a "deep green" strategy, and environmental engineer, Doug King, who adopts a collaborative approach to making sustainable design a priority among educators. Cameron notes that the public and the planet have a problem if sustainable architecture is ignored. "Architects need the skills to respond to this challenge," he said. "If we want livable 21st century towns and cities, we need to train our future built environment professionals to integrate soil and vegetation into every site, with rain gardens that manage storm water, living roofs and walls that cool the city and reduce energy demand, street trees that provide shade and beauty all providing bio-diverse habitats for nature and countless economic, energy, water and health benefits for us all."
Marianna Frances Digioia weighs in on the importance of proper green insulation. "Cranking the air conditioning up to keep a home cool during hot summer days drives energy expenses to rise dramatically. This action also wastes resources. To keep properties cool during these hot months, I advise architects to make sure the space is properly insulated. Good insulation helps to keep cool air from leaking out, making it easier and cheaper to keep the space at a comfortable temperature throughout the day."
Marianna Frances Digioia also notes that water conservation is crucial. "There are a number of inexpensive ways to conserve water in a property," she said. "As an eco-friendly architect, I aim to recycle storm water for other purposes. Residents can also strive to lessen their carbon footprint, take shorter showers, repair leaky faucets and toilets and so on. Installing energy efficient devices, like dual-flush toilets, is another popular way of conserving water."
When it comes to integrating ecology into development, Cameron adds, "Working in groups on design projects, site-based assessments of the potential to retrofit green infrastructure and visits to exemplar projects give graduates the tools and confidence to integrate nature in their own work as architects, landscape architects, engineers, ecologists, contractors, planners and policy-makers." Marianna Frances Digioia concurs, encouraging a deeply rooted, restorative approach.
Marianna Frances Digioia
resides in Albany, New York, as an architect. She has built her reputation based on her dedication to creating structures that are beautiful, functional and eco-friendly. She received her education from Syracuse University's highly acclaimed School of Architecture. She is married to a civil engineer and has two children.