Kieran Timberlake Selected Projects #3

History and Culture of Kieran Timberlake

The alchemy of art, science, analysis, and intuition with regard to the built environment is our core mission.

Founded in 1984, KieranTimberlake brings together the experience and talents of over 100 professionals of diverse backgrounds and abilities in a practice that is recognized worldwide. Their projects include the programming, planning, and design of new structures as well as the conservation, renovation, and transformation of existing buildings, with special expertise in education, government, arts and culture, civic, and residential projects.

Common to all their work is that each project begins with a question and continues its development within a culture of continuous asking, ensuring that design results from deep investigation. KieranTimberlake is committed not only to delivering the highest quality services to their clients, but also to pursuing ideas that push the practice of architecture forward.

They have received hundreds of design citations, including the Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects in 2008 and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture from the Smithsonian Institution in 2010.

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Design Philosophy


They provoke change within the practice of architecture by pushing the boundaries of current norms for design and construction, pursuing broad questions like, How do they reconcile the contradictory demands for low energy consumption and abundant natural light? How do they recover the embodied energy in a building? and How do they achieve greater quality and environmental responsibility in less time? They rely on collective intelligence and nonhierarchical production structures for gains in economy, efficiency, and quality. Some of the provocations we have pursued include re-envisioning the traditional building envelope, developing new techniques in off-site fabricated architecture, and building new tools for sustainable design. They work toward the evolution of the field, toward an architecture that embraces transformation and progress. In the spirit of making change through meaningful collaboration, they participate in lectures, conferences, symposia, and exhibitions around the world.


They seek ways to improve the art, quality, and craft of architecture through research into new materials, processes, assemblies, and products. Their commitment to research has provided a way for deep investigation to be conducted during design—and for the results to stimulate and augment the processes of designing and building at KieranTimberlake. Exploratory, empirical, and applied research brings added value to our commissioned architectural projects and allows us to develop new custom products and tools for the architecture industry.


KieranTimberlake takes a holistic view to designing for sustainability. It is our belief that current standards can result in a checklist approach to environmental design. They advocate designing for the integrity of the structure as a whole rather than a sum of individual parts, and we utilize integrated systems that work together for greater gains. Whenever possible, features serve multiple purposes: A pond on site may serve as a leisure amenity, a stormwater management strategy, and a source for landscape irrigation. Their research focus allows us to pursue the latest developments in environmental technology and materials and to develop our own sustainable building methodologies. They understand the need to balance the ideals of resource conservation, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship with the realities of performance criteria, constructability, and budget.

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Kieran Timberlake Selected Projects

Stewart Middle School

  • Sidwell Friends School
  • Washington, DC
  • LEED Platinum
  • 72,500 square feet (33,500 renovation; 39,000 addition)
  • 2006
  • Program: Renovation and addition, including new science, art, and music classrooms, a library, constructed wetland, and rooftop garden.
  • Awards:
    AIA CAE Award for Excellence
    AIA COTE Top Ten Green Project
    BSA Sustainable Design Honor Award
    AIA Pennsylvania Honor Award
    AIA Philadelphia Honor Award
    Western Red Cedar Architectural Design Citation
    Zumtobel Group Award For Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment

Photos by Kieran Timberlake

Portola Dining Commons

  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • 36,400 square feet
  • 2017
  • LEED Platinum
  • Program: Student dining hall
  • Awards: AIA Santa Barbara Merit Award

Photos by Kieran Timberlake

Engineering Research Center

  • Brown University
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • LEED Gold
  • 80,000 square feet
  • 2017
  • Program: Laboratories, lecture hall, collaborative spaces, offices
  • Awards:
    Autodesk AEC Excellence Awards, Building Design Medium Category
    Lab Manager Lab Design Excellence Awards
    Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award

Photos by Kieran Timberlake

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