Attempting to Live a Sustainable Lifestyle in St. Louis

Environmentally friendly decisions are tough

Our Architect: Paul Brenden October 8, 2007

On the eve of what I expect to be the real beginning of construction (yes, I’ve said this a couple times, though I expect this week to be different) I’ve decided to introduce our architect. This is a short video clip of Paul discussing the thinking behind the design process which went into our place.  I plan on doing a series of these short video clips throughout the construction process to highlight the various sustainable and non-sustainable decisions we had to make.

Background: We found Paul Brenden at this smoky bar in South St Louis where the local architects hang out. Picture the bar in Star Wars where Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan meet Han Solo (see pic below).

Mos Eisley Cantina

Okay, well maybe he wasn’t at a mercenary bar, but I thought it’d be a cooler story if we had to walk down dark alleys and rub elbows with gun runners to meet our architect. The truth is that we met Paul through a word of mouth recommendation from my wife’s work colleague. Through a couple meetings (in person and on the phone) we realized that Paul shared a similar passion as we did and that he’d be perfect for the job.

The St Louis Rehabber’s club website has a decent little section on how to work with an architect.

Paul’s website is  And here’s another link to Paul and me presenting our project to the Tower Grove South Block Captain’s meeting a month ago.


One Response to “Our Architect: Paul Brenden”

  1. […] Green 2.0 &#183 Tagged architecture, bungalow, Design, green So now that Paul (our architect) has described his thought process for designing our rehab, it might be time to share some of the drawings and maybe even that model […]

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