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David Hertz Architects FAIA Studio of Environmental Architecture

USGBC member

2420 McKinley Ave
Venice , CA 90291


Service area: 200 miles

Service Area: Although S.E.A is based in Southern California our buildings can be found across the globe. We can work with our clients no matter the distance.


S.E.A. encourages the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and materials, is a proponent of green field preservation, and actively participates in product and system research and development, as can be experienced in our own LEED Platinum certified office building. We excel at providing innovative solutions to design and building issues that elevate the whole of a project, from a preserved natural environment with less developmental impact, to providing a healthier, more natural built environment.

Whether the goal is as simple as optimizing the healthy and energy efficient aspects of your project, or reaching to achieve certification under a Green Rating Program such as the US Green Building Council’s LEED program, or California’s Build-It-Green, S.E.A. is ready and qualified to guide your project’s sustainable development.
Our scope of consulting services offered and areas of specialization include:
Site planning and project orientation review. Solar orientation and shading.
Natural ventilation strategies incorporating both passive and active systems.
Climatic study and analysis relevant to project design, energy systems and building type using a bio regional and climatic responsive strategy.
Product research and development, with a specialization in concrete and high volume Fly ash mix designs and sustainable materials with recycled content.
Expertise in sustainably harvested wood including lesser known species, reclaimed lumber / renewable materials and bio composites.
Alternative energy systems research, modeling and implementation including PV photovoltaic and small scale wind and hydroelectric turbines.
Hydronic solar radiant systems integration for thermal solar heating systems.
Water conservation strategies and systems implementation.
Storm water mitigation measures including bio-swales, pervious concrete and rainwater capture-reuse systems for sub surface irrigation.
Green roof, vegetative “living walls” and green machine integration.
Planning/building code policy expertise and advisory experience.
Project team management, guidance and integration.
Feasibility studies based on project requirements and client priorities.
Green building guidelines, specifications, and procedures.
Indoor air quality and Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) evaluation and prevention.
Cost benefit and payback analysis including Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and embodied energy analysis.
Our long list of successful projects and satisfied clients prove that good design and sustainable design can be synonymous. We practice and encourage a responsible approach to the financial, social and environmental aspects of all projects. We enjoy the process of working with our clients to see these goals achieved at the highest possible levels, ensuring aesthetically pleasing and socially beneficial results.


The work of David Hertz Architects Inc, Studio of Environmental Architecture focuses on the design and construction of environmentally responsible residential and commercial buildings, and engages in multiple facets of design, including product design, furniture design, public sculpture, environmental consulting, as well as the research and development of resource efficient ecologic building products. In 1983 Hertz founded Syndesis Inc, and invented the material manufacturing process of Syndecrete®, the innovative pre-cast lightweight concrete surfacing material. Hertz sold the technology in 2006. Evolving from a generalist nature of practice to a more specified studio has allowed for a comprehensive understanding of creative problem solving and the opportunity to view design challenges from multiple perspectives simultaneously. S.E.A. has been located in Santa Monica for over the last 20 years and recently relocated to Venice Beach. It is a small practice dedicated to design and green building, and employs about 10 people.

U.S. Green Building Council Member
U.S. Green Building Council Member

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