2019 Wood Design & Building Awards Jury

Laura Hartman, Principal at Fernau + Hartman Architects

Laura was born in West Virginia. She received a B.A. in Art from Smith College, and a M. Arch from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining Richard Fernau in 1981 to form Fernau & Hartman Architects, she worked with Esherick, Homsey, Dodge, and Davis in San Francisco and with Schneibli e Associati, Architetti in Switzerland. In addition to her wide design experience, Laura is also an adept teacher; she has taught at UC Berkeley, the University of Utah, and the University of Oregon. She is currently on the Sea Ranch Design Committee and the Wood Design & Building magazine Editorial Board. In dialog with her architectural practice, Laura has continually explored painting and collage and exhibited her artwork most recently in, Reading Materials, Constructions by Laura Hartman at 871 Fine Arts in San Francisco. Laura also has both a personal and academic interest in vernacular architecture and has a long-term project investigating the mining structures in Appalachia.

As a principal at Fernau & Hartman, Laura is involved in all phases of the firm’s projects, from initial planning and programming through construction, working at many scales, from furniture design to master planning. The firm’s projects find points of departure in the specific circumstances of each site and the particular needs of each client.  They combine remarkable sensitivity to historical and vernacular buildings, deep understanding of human scale, and great attention to materials and detailing. This can be seen in Richard Fernau’s book about their work Improvisations on the Land: Houses of Fernau + Hartman.

For more information, please visit: www.fernauhartman.com

Russell Acton, Principal at Acton Ostry Architects

Russell Acton is a founding principal of Acton Ostry Architects with professional registration in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. He is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and was awarded Fellowship in 2009. Russell is a member of the Canada Green Building Council and Passive House Canada.

Russell was the principal architect for the groundbreaking, 18-storey, Brock Commons Tallwood House located at the University of British Columbia, which at the time of completion was the world’s tallest contemporary wood building. He is currently the Acton Ostry principal architect for The Arbour, an international design competition-winning project done in collaboration with Moriyama & Teshima Architects, which at 10-storeys will be the first large span, exposed tall wood academic building in North America.

Russell currently sits on the University of British Columbia Advisory Urban Design Panel. He has served on the City of Vancouver Urban Design Panel, the City of Vancouver Development Permit Board Advisory Panel, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia Registration Board, and is a former Chair of the AIBC Architectural Technologist Admissions Committee.

For more information, please visit: www.actonostry.ca

Samuel M. Lasky, Principal at William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Since he joined William Rawn Associates in 1998, Samuel has focused on complex institutional projects and their relationships to the public realm. These include projects such as the Taussig Cancer Center for the Cleveland Clinic, Tata Hall at Harvard Business School, and the United States Courthouse in Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Program. Samuel recently completed the King Open Elementary/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex in Cambridge, MA, the firm’s and the City’s first Net Zero Emissions project and the largest Net Zero Emissions school in Massachusetts. Other well-known projects under his leadership include Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Massachusetts and the Berklee Tower for Berklee College of Music. Samuel has taught design studios at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design on multiple occasions and was the recipient of the AIA Young Architects Award in 2008. He is a graduate of Yale University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

For more information, please visit: www.rawnarch.com