Michael Heacock is a successful Architect with his own Architectural firm. He spoke to the class about his story and how he found his way into architecture. Heacock had a broad range of experience working in many feilds related in some way to architecture. During his earlier years he worked in multiple different offices doing lighting design specialist work and some construction with a construction company.

He emphasized that in this fiend it is important to be okay with criticism and rejection and that there are literally 100’s of solutions to every design problem (dont get stuck on one solution) take ego out of the equation. Learning different building types was another important task for aspiring architects that he spoke of. Micheal Heacock told us about his tendency to get board easily so architecture was a perfect fit for him because it is loaded with stimulation and a “rich mental experience”. This Rich Mental Experience is what was most compelling to me because I also bore easily and i find myself drawn to what some would call over stimulating situations.

Micheal Heacock specializes in green projects including LEED. He was most proud of the Cate School Pool Facility
LEED Gold Certified and its 60kW Microturbine for combined heat & power

337_Cate-Microturbine_small_10-29-12 498_Cate-Pool_01_small_10-29-12

The Cate School Pool Facility consists of a 3,799 s.f. building, a recreation pool and a competition pool. In lieu of receiving energy to power the building and heat the pools from the grid, a microturbine was installed. This microturbine allows the entire facility to be 80%+ energy efficient versus 30% efficient through CHP cogeneration. The microturbine saves the school $46,000+ annually on heating for the pools, and provides 100% of the pool complex’s electrical needs along with 33% of the campus electrical needs. The building was constructed with 90% FSC lumber, formaldehyde-free insulation, zero-VOC paint, and LED lights throughout. The lockers and benches for the locker rooms were constructed from 50% recycled plastic. The landscaping was created using native, drought-tolerant plants. Ninety five percent of all construction waste was diverted from the Tajiguas landfill.

The focus of Mr Heacock’s firm is ecological architecture, interior design and performance consulting.