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S T A F F

JEREMY AVELLINO |
PRINCIPAL & DESIGN DIRECTOR

AIA, CPHC, LEED AP
Registered Architect: PA, NJ & DE

AMANDA BONELLI | ARCHITECT
CPHC

JEFFREY PASTVA | ARCHITECT
AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C

JORDAN M. MRAZIK | ARCHITECT
AIA

MARIA DIAVOLOVA | ARCHITECTURAL INTERN

HANNAH KORPEL | ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

 

 

High Concept | Our work is rooted in research, place, and continuous collaboration. As experts in Passive House design and implementation, we revel in exploring what’s mutually beneficial for our clients, the communities we serve, and a thriving planet.

In the past nine years Bright Common has implemented a building biology based approach to both renovation and new-construction projects including residential, commercial and mixed-use Passive House level deep-energy-retrofits, new-construction Passive Houses, and Living Building Challenge inspired work in both urban and rural settings.

The pursuit towards a carbon neutral built environment has evolved into ever more natural, biophilic and socially conscious approaches for enclosure and systems design with the goal of decoupling the constructed world from its century-plus-old fossil fuel addiction.

Bright Common Architecture & Design provides a full array of professional architectural services from early stage programming, visualization and feasibility studies to schematic conceptualization, construction documentation, interior design, and construction phase support.


Low Carbon |  As Certified Passive House Designers passionate about human health, we routinely deliver resilient, energy efficient, healthy buildings that move us towards a post-carbon future. But do buildings really matter? Well, today we are measuring over 400 ppm CO2 in the earth’s upper atmosphere, the highest levels in 3 million years. If we continue to do nothing to drastically curb greenhouse gas emissions, we could reach a tipping point of 450 ppm by 2040 resulting in increased flooding and sea level rise.

To meet the 2015 COP21 Accord’s goals of keeping the planet from warming “well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels” all of the world’s buildings will have to be carbon neutral by 2050. In the U.S. alone 40% of primary energy and 72% of electricity is consumed by buildings, the overwhelming majority of which consume greenhouse gas emitting fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas) for energy, accounting for a staggering 38% of all U.S. CO2 emissions. And it’s estimated that an area equal to 60% of the world’s buildings will be built and rebuilt in the next 13 years alone.

We have both a responsibility and opportunity as designers of the built environment to creatively respond. Bright Common was formed with this as an imperative mission. The good news is we don’t need to invent any new technologies. By using the guidelines of both Passive House and the Living Building Challenge we can design buildings for a resilient future using time-tested building science and appropriate technologies.

Passive House (that term includes all building types) is a rigorous green building design standard that, according to the Passive House Institute U.S., “comprises a set of design principles used to attain a quantifiable and rigorous level of energy efficiency within a specific quantifiable comfort level.” It focuses on investing in ‘passive’ building strategies (airsealing and insulation) that are essential to the building's shell, in order to appropriately size the 'active' technologies (HVAC, lighting, renewable energy.)

DESIGN SERVICES | SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE, PASSIVE HOUSE, ZERO ENERGY BUILDINGS, DEEP ENERGY RETROFITS.


All Markets | Our strength is listening to our clients and consultants, observing the uniqueness of each site, and cohering the information into a radically sustainable design solution. As we are whole organic beings we practice a holistic organic design. By rejecting a strict adherence to style, we are freed to play fruitfully across many typologies. The thread that binds our work together is a relentless pursuit towards a regenerative built environment.

To ensure quality control there is continuous Principal and Project Architect involvement in all of our work from concept to completion.

At Bright Common we create a family of designers and our staff’s deep involvement and retention helps to deliver high quality, affordable design services. With a background in both design and construction, we think ideas and practical, affordable applications are two sides of the same coin. We gather and codify pertinent data from clients: the site, climatic variables, historical, regulatory, sustainable and programmatic needs and diligently research possible design futures. We then present multiple concepts through feedback loops to the fully assembled team.

Using Building Information Modeling combined with Passive House energy modeling software, we are able to rapidly iterate multiple possibilities to explore what fits each project best. We distill this into a holistic set of plans and specifications designed for contractor legibility. We design and draft for both concept, constructibility, and affordability and work with builders to translate concept into built form that honors our client’s design intent and budget.

Our philosophy is simple:  High Concept, Low Carbon, All Markets.  We practice in a liminal space at the onset of the Anthropocene, ending thousands of years of climatic stability and decades of technology driven modernism, much of which has left a legacy of environmental degradation we’re only beginning as architects to fully grasp and respond to.  We feel a deep responsibility to decouple the constructed world from its century-plus-old fossil fuel addiction. 

Our working style reflects this: collective, responsive, nimble, process oriented, playful, rigorous, adaptable.  While we firmly believe in a site-generated design that both listens and speaks into its intricately woven context, we explore this in the shadow of a looming climate crisis.  Climate change adapted urbanism is a helpful way to describe our approach.  What does it mean to design buildings for an uncertain near future scenario for human settlements?  Resiliency for us is more about a preventative, holistic stance with the Earth more than a defensive barrier to keep nature at bay.  Add more wall insulation now, and maybe we can plan for less sea walls later….maybe. 

We act on the hope and belief that the planet will, in planetary time, be ok.  What of us?  What is our role as those who design into the age of Deep Adaptation?  The answer is in front of us: We can reverse the inherited legacy and design a near future that sets us on a regenerative path together.   Indeed, we have no other choice but to take joy in history’s greatest global design charrette.