Stephen received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University in 1982. While involved in all aspects of running the office, Stephen’s major passion is leading the firm’s strong design teams. Working a talented staff of architects and designers, he maintains a consistently high level of design. Outside of the firm, Stephen frequently serves on academic juries at schools of architecture. He serves on the Syracuse University School of Architecture Board of Advisors, where he is a source of council to the Dean. Stephen is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Having been committed to sustainability in architecture for many years, Stephen is now one of a small group of American architects certified in Passive House Design, as accredited by the Passivhaus Institut. This international organization has established a rigorous methodology for creating ultra low energy consuming buildings. Energy reduction—an increasingly important consideration in today’s world—is accomplished through the use of highly insulated walls, high performing windows, tight air infiltration control, building orientation and heat-recovery fresh air ventilation systems. With the proper application of these key features, the heating and cooling system of a Passive House building is approximately one tenth the size of a typical system. This approach to design offers continuous fresh filtered air, great thermal comfort, greatly reduced heating and air conditioning costs and a large reduction in the need for fossil fuels. The implementation of the Passive House Standard is widespread in the Europe and is taking hold in the United States. Across the globe, apartment buildings, individual homes, schools and office buildings have all been constructed utilizing this system with great success.
Daniel Allen, AIA, LEED AP
Daniel received his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University in 1982. While also very involved with maintaining the firm’s quality of design, Daniel focuses primarily on the management of the office and specific projects. He is a licensed architect in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Daniel is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, The City Of Rye Sustainability Council, and the American Institute of Architects.
Daniel is a LEED-certified architect as accredited by The U.S. Green Building Council. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system. LEED promotes sustainable building and development practices through a suite of rating systems designed to recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance. Daniel has been working with LEED standards for many years, helping clients create more healthy and sustainable projects. One such example is a large interior office project created for L’Oreal. In this project, Daniel designed a floor plan that opens up to the natural light and surrounding views for the betterment of all employees. The office place was awarded the LEED Silver Rating. To view images of this project, please see the L’Oreal Luxury Products page in our Corporate Interiors section of this website.