Evangeline Dennie, LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) Legacy is the principal of Evan Dennie Design. Dennie graduated with a degree in architecture and practices architecture, interior design and environmental-sustainability consulting. She founded her multi-disciplinary design firm in 2006. Her designs include hospitality, residential, retail and cultural institutions.
Merging high-end design sensibility and environmental-sustainability are fundamental to Dennie's designs for architecture, interiors, and custom furniture. At an aesthetic and programmatic level, she investigates spatial concepts, materials, light and human dynamics to evoke an emotional response from her designs while measuring the environmental impact of her decisions. Her experiences traveling and studying across the world greatly influenced her design sensibility, from cathedrals and modern design throughout Europe and Central America, to manufacturing techniques and traditional details seen in China and Southeast Asia. However, Dennie prefers to bring the design home by using local manufacturers wherever possible in order to stimulate local economies and reduce the carbon footprint of her designs.
ARCHITECTURE + INTERIOR DESIGNS:
Dennie's design of the Oulu Bar and EcoLounge was recognized in the media as the first "living wall" in New York City in 2007. Instead of using brick or stone, a living wall is one where plants grow vertically off the face of a building, thereby absorbing the outdoor elements and creating oxygen. The green building facade was featured on the cover of Hospitality Design Magazine and went "viral" online in several magazines and blogs. Her living wall design was also showcased in a spread alongside Diller Scofidio + Renfro's Highline Project in the book called, 1000x Landscape Architecture, published by Braun.
Dennie's most important design was the concept and layout for the Interim Memorial at Ground Zero, called the Tribute Center (2006). The space located at the WTC site served as a temporary memorial and educational gallery about the events of 9/11. Dennie helped the 9/11 Victims and Families Association to develop their mission statement and guiding principles, then organized the themes for the design. Dennie worked on the project from schematics up to construction, while making the center as environmentally-friendly as possible. Dennie developed the memorial's design narrative, proposed dozens of layouts for 3,000+ names of the victims who perished, and documented hundreds of artifacts recovered from the WTC site at the JFK hanger through her photography. The Tribute Center provided a cathardic experience for people who visited Ground Zero until the official memorial was built.
In 2010, Dennie was awarded for her work, which interpreted future design trends for the hospitality industry. Her firm won first place in two separate competitions at the Boutique Design NY (BDNY) Trend Walk. The designs were exhibited at the BDNY Trend Walk and showcased manufacturers who she believed represented the design trends as well.
Through the competition, she caught the eyes of Barry Sternlicht, founder of Starwood, and Jamie LeFrak of LeFrak Org. Starwood Capital and LeFrak Organization commissioned Dennie to generate design ideas for the 1 Hotel Southbeach. Today, 1 Hotels throughout the world are recognized for their eco-chic interiors and living wall facades.
Another notable project she designed includes the prototype of a nation-wide chain of eco-friendly restaurants, called Green Canteen. The industrial meat-packing space in the hipster neighborhood Williamsburg, Brooklyn was transformed to an environmentally-friendly restaurant. Her design employed an eco-industrial-chic with a low-carbon footprint, custom furniture, low-VOC finishes, and solar-hot water panels on the roof. The restaurant was also designed to achieve LEED CI Silver Certification.
Recently, Dennie worked as an architectural interior design consultant to help create New York City's first medical marijuana pharmacy, called Columbia Care. She coordinated the architectural interiors design development sets for the build all the Columbia Care locations in New York and other states.
Dennie studied environmental-sustainability in architecture school and has been intimately involved in its implementation since the beginning of the green movement.
She worked with Hillary Brown, FAIA, one of the main contributors to transforming New York City to the Big Green Apple. Together, they co-authored two books, which served as guidelines for environmentally-sustainable building designs. Dennie also made contributions to Brown's NYC Green Infrastructure Guidelines. Dennie implemented the guidelines of her books by collaborated with Brown and energy consultants. She facilitated green building design charrettes with the architects, engineers, landscape architects, and contractors for 10+ new and renovated schools in New Haven, CT, as well as several schools and universities throughout the tri-state area. Dennie also helped Brown to develop a documentary film about the green building process for non-profits including the Kresge Foundation and the Non-Profit Finance Fund.
Her green-building consulting services also included Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project management for two Fortune 500 companies in Manhattan: Random House Bertelson, which utilized the LEED EB rating system to green their facilities management; and Morgan Stanley, which employed LEED CI for new commercial interiors by achieving a Silver Rating. Dennie also served as a teacher and private tutor for students preparing to take the LEED exam.
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