Mission Statement

Low 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. We combine today’s technologies with traditional approaches to craft to explore these materials.

Low 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 the climate change. We are advocates for an 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 in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.


Who We Are

Founding Members:
Jack Becker, RA: Principal, Becker Linn Design
Andrew Linn: Lecturer, University of Maryland; Principal, Becker Linn Design
Jana VanderGoot, RA: Assistant Professor, University of Maryland; Principal, VanderGootEzban Studio


Institutional Partners:
National Center for Smart Growth, http://www.umdsmartgrowth.org/


Contributing Members:
Adam Ainslie: Graduate student, Princeton University School of Architecture
Oliver Curtis: Independent scholar, Washington, DC
Michael Ezban, RA: Principal, VanderGootEzban Studio, Washington, DC
Marisa Fort, AIA: Partner, Arquitectonica, Miami, Florida
Isaac Hametz: Research Director, Mahan Rykiel Associates, Baltimore, MD
Katherine Jenkins: Assistant Professor, Ohio State University, co-founder Present Practice
Erin Putalik, RA: Lecturer, Rhode Island Institute of Design, PhD Fellow University of Pennsylvania








2018, National Center for Smart Growth + low heat, Washington, DC