Since 1976, Jorg has been in full-time professional
practice of architectural/environmental design, consulting, planning,
R&D, education, and project management, based on a mandate of:
resource conservation, renewable energy, appropriate technology,
and conserver lifestyle to "sustain an equilibrium between
society and nature" (1976, Yamnuska Project).
Design experience includes: commercial, institutional and residential,
for corporations, associations, educational institutes, individuals,
builders, developers, government and First Nations. He supervised
design/research projects from single family homes to the recofit
of a small college and 50-storey office tower.
Jorg has 2 professional degrees in architecture: B. Arch. (University
of Toronto) and M. Arch. A.S. (Environmental Design Program, MIT).
At MIT, he won a Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation fellowship,
held a teaching position, had articles published in the Canadian
Architect and the AIA Journal, and was invited on speaking engagements
at Harvard, Pratt Institute and University of Manitoba.
His 1973 B. Arch. thesis for the rejuvenation of the 96 acre Toronto
Waterfront incorporated passive solar energy, greenhousing and the
recycling of entire buildings. He was hired as the first professional
consultant of what is now known as "Harbourfront".
Jorg has been responsible for 3 demonstration projects. In 1979,
"Stampede Sunseed" was desiged and built as a state-of-the-art
display house for the Calgary Exhibition & Stampede Board to
demonstrate current environmental efficiency, conservation and solar
technology. About 60,000 visitors came in 10 days. A 1981 show-home
for a malor Calgary home builder (Engineered Homes) won 3 awards.
The most ambitious projects have been the Alberta Sustainable Home/Office,
built without a furnace, boiler, gas line or government subsidies
and the Canterra Office Tower Recofit, as leading-edge examples
of a sustainable approach to buildings. He is currently working
on the design of EcoVillage 1.
During the last 26 years, other projects utilized such features
as: passive solar breadbox water preheaters, greywater storage,
waterless toilets, passive solar heating/cooling-, radiant floor
heating, shallow foundations, strawbale and rammed earth construction,
high performance windows, vernacular design, low-embodied energy
and reused materials.
His work has been featured on TV and radio (including C.B.C. &
C.T.V) published in magazines, books and journals and presented
at many conferences and speaking engagements (including the Standing
Committee on Energy Mines & Resources, House of Commons). He
has given many workshops. He has also served in several organizations,
including the Solar Energy Society of Canada (SESCI) and the Alberta
Association for Environmental Health. He has also received several
awards including the "Green Award", "Emerald Award"
(Small Business category), "Autonomous House Award" and
"NESEA Design Award" (Single-Family Home category).
He is busy transforming concepts and visions into 3-dimensional
environmentally-sound real-world projects, to demonstrate the feasibility,
practicality, desirability and joy of a conserver society and a
sustainable future, combining the best of the past, present and
future. for cleaner, greener and more healthy homes, communities,
workplaces and planet.
© Jorg Ostrowski 2003. All rights reserved.