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Greg Kochanowski

Greg Kochanowski

31505 Lindero Canyon Road, #4 Westlake Village, CA, CA 91361

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Address:
31505 Lindero Canyon Road, #4
Westlake Village, CA
CA 91361
Interests:
  • Communications/outreach
  • Community Wildfire Protection Plans
  • Firewise Communities / Defensible space
  • Forest/ecosystem management
  • Fuels treatment / Prescribed fire
  • Ignition-resistant home construction
  • Wildfire recovery
  • Wildfire risk assessment
  • WUI codes and ordinances
Non-Member Affiliations:
  • American Institute of Architects
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Urban Lands Institute
  • U.S. Green Building Council, Los Angeles Chapter

Greg is a licensed architect, landscape architect (anticipated 2019), and educator in the State of California. He has been practicing for over 23 years on projects spanning a wide array of scales, typologies, complexities and disciplinary orientations. His work and research seeks to holistically combine the techniques and strategies of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism to create unique, forward thinking environments that build upon and enhance the specific qualities of a place. His current research focuses on resilient environments in the Wildland Urban Interface that create synergies between natural systems, culture, infrastructure, and development.

In addition to practice, Greg has been teaching for over 23 years. Since 2002, he has been a Senior Lecturer at Otis College of Art and Design, where he teaches design studios focusing on the relationship between landscape and architecture, as well as seminars on structures and material systems. He has previously been on the faculties of the Boston Architectural Center, Southern California Institute of Architecture, Woodbury University and UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design.

Greg’s work has been recognized and published nationally and internationally within all three disciplines – architecture, landscape, and urban design, and exhibited in both the Venice and Rotterdam Biennales, as well as other venues, and he has received recognition from prominent organizations including the Young Architects Forum Award from the Architectural League of New York. He has led an education sessions at both the ASLA and AIA National Conventions on research aroudn the fire, flood, debris flow weather cycles experienced in Southern California on a recurring basis. This research seeks to engage the unique challenges of climate change within the Southwest United States, as well as Central and South America. He will be presenting similar material in January 2020 at the 16th Annual Gloabal Sustainability Conference in Santiago, Chile.

On 09 November, 2018, as a result of the Woolsey Fire, 110 homes were destroyed in Seminole Springs, a 217 home co-operative housing community in the Santa Monica Mountains. Greg’s home was one of those homes destroyed. Since that date, Greg has been one of a small core group leading the rebuilding effort of his community. The fire destroyed not only homes, but all of the infrastructure (sewer, water, gas, electric, roads) as well. As such, the complexity of the rebuilding effort is extreme, requiring multiple levels of expertise from local, State, and Federal sources. This has been managed through an extensive outreach effort comprised of grant writing, targeted events for donor groups, convening multi-agency working sessions, and development of rfps for engineering services. In addition, as most of the community residents are not versed in construction or the process of rebuilding a community, Greg has run multiple town hall session to help educate residents on the methods of building in the WUI, as well as adapting lifestyles and planning to living in these landscapes. This work continues, with the rebuilding efforts expected to conclude in 2-3 years.