Dan Heinfeld has been the President of LPA since 1986, leading the company’s design and sustainability initiatives and expanding the practice to more than 300 employees with offices in Irvine, Sacramento, San Diego, San Jose and San Antonio. Long before it was considered mainstream, Heinfeld made the synergistic relationship between sustainability and design excellence the focus of his career and of the firm, establishing two principles:
- Sustainable design can, and should, be incorporated into all projects, regardless of budget or program constraints; green buildings can be built on standard budgets.
- Good design emerges from an authentic response to the climate and culture of a place, coupled with the application of appropriate technology. This design ethos leads the company to solve problems instead of following fashion, which is the real road to design excellence.
Heinfeld believes that sustainability is much too important to be treated as a scorecard; it is neither additive nor subtractive, but must be ingrained into a building’s DNA. This holistic approach to sustainability has led to a comprehensive rethinking of the firm’s practice model in 2007. Today, the LPA design process is led by a progressive integration of disciplines working collaboratively on a day-to-day basis in real-time where architects and engineers contribute as partners in the process. The result is places and spaces that do more with less, solving more problems and working better for the people who use them, while requiring less energy, water, square footage and materials.
Heinfeld has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona. He is a Licensed Architect in California and Arizona, Fellow with the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) since 1993 and LEED Accredited Professional.