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In Prefab Green, architect Michelle Kaufmann shares her vision of creating thoughtful sustainable design for everyone. Her firm, Michelle Kaufmann Designs, blends sustainable home layouts, eco-friendly materials, and low-energy options to create a "prepackaged" green solution to home design. Kaufmann tells about five eco-principles that are present in every design her firm creates-smart design, eco-materials, energy efficiency, water conservation, and healthy environment-and how they work together to create homes that make a difference.
Kaufmann is part of a new generation of architects who are modernizing modular. They are taking the old idea of prefabrication and reshaping it to accommodate modern lifestyles and varying climates as well as a commitment to the environment. Even the small changes we make in our daily lives-as well as the large decisions we make about the kinds of homes we want to live in-can create transformations that will benefit for generations to come.
After receiving her master's degree from Princeton University, Michelle -Kaufmann worked for renowned architects Frank Gehry and Michael Graves. In 2002, she founded Michelle Kaufmann Designs. Michelle's work is widely published and her homes have been showcased in a number of museums, including the -National Building -Museum, the Vancouver Art Center, MOCA in Los Angeles, and Chicago's -Museum of -Science and -Industry. -Michelle lives in Marin County, California.
Cathy Remick is a designer with experience in architecture, graphics, and fine arts painting. She holds a master's-degree in architecture and has worked as a staff architect and designer for several -national firms in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. She is a design manager for -mkStudios. She lives in Orinda, California, with her husband and daughter.
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Front and back cover photos © 2009 John Swain
Kaufmann author photo by Cutter Cutshaw
Remick author photo by Terry Riggins
About the Author
Cathy Remick is a designer with experience in architecture, graphics, and fine arts painting.