Heat is a lab whose members engage in research, speculative design, and
experimentation in the built environment. Our members represent the disciplines
of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and ecology. We are
united by our commitment to healthy building materials with low embodied
energy and low potential to pollute. We combine today’s technologies with traditional approaches to craft to
explore these materials.
Heat’s primary goals are to open professional and citizen discourse and to
disseminate well-researched information. Our work joins larger conversations about the role of “clean economies” in climate change. We are advocates for architecture
that respects and responds to America’s ecological and cultural diversity.
Washington, DC is the geographic epi-center for the lab’s work; however, many
projects that the lab takes on expand our radius further afield into the
Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.
Who We Are
Jack Becker, RA: Principal, Becker Linn
Andrew Linn: Lecturer, Virginia Tech University; Principal, Becker Linn Design
Jana VanderGoot, RA: Associate Professor, University of Maryland; Principal, VanderGootEzban Studio