HMC Architects announced that Sylvia Wallis AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC has joined the firm’s Los Angeles PreK-12 studio. Wallis brings over 30 years of experience building community and enhancing cultural identity, including civic, mixed use, higher education, and PreK-12 projects.  In the past 15 years she has focused on the alignment of progressive learning environments with low carbon and zero energy design.

Located in HMC’s Los Angeles office, Wallis will be focused on ensuring the best service to the firm’s PreK-12 clients and create the optimal 21st century learning environments for their students.  In particular, she will help to roll out HMC’s Climate Action Plan, finding the best synergies between our climate goals and the educational goals of our clients.

“I am very excited to welcome Sylvia to HMC’s PreK-12 team,” said PreK-12 Practice Leader Brian Meyers, LEED AP BD+C. “Her strong background in regenerative design and passion for building inspiring and healthy environments for students will be a great asset to our clients and our firm.”

Previously with Architecture for Education and HED, Wallis has worked on a variety of education projects including the award-winning West Berkeley Branch of the Berkeley Public Library, the adaptive re-use of the Bullocks Wilshire Building for the Law Library of Southwestern University School of Law, and Master Architect services for Oxnard Union High School District to promote design excellence, progressive learning environments, and equity across the district.

Wallis is inspired by the opportunity to have a meaningful impact on our next generation of students,  through the design of beautiful resilient environments that in turn inspire and challenge them to improve the world. As such she was part of the committee authoring the 2018 Advanced Energy Design Guide for Zero Energy K-12 Schools. Drawing on her expertise as a Certified Passive House Consultant, she helped to build the case for zero energy schools as a feasible option in all climate zones, providing extensive positive impacts to students and community.