As one of nine building skin thought leaders, QEA President Larry Barr, AIA will be part of a panel discussing "The New Face of Monumental Washington". Facades+ AM is a dynamic morning conference centered on on innovative building facade solutions held at the District Architecture Center, March 5, 2015.
The rapidly developing field of high-performance facades has emerged as essential to building integration, and central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. The building envelope combines attributes of aesthetics and performance like nothing else in architecture. Washington D.C. has its own special facade conditions and requirements, including addressing security concerns, working within the city's height limit, and representing institutions and cultural values through architectural form.
Larry has focused his professional career on the reuse and transformation of existing buildings. His work spans the continuum of pure historic preservation and materials conservation to the design of new construction within historic contexts. The common thread in his work is redevelopment and transformation to meet contemporary requirements without significantly compromising historic integrity. His clients include some of DC’s premiere monumental building owners including the Smithsonian Institution, Architect of the Capitol, and National Academy of Sciences.