Sensitivity to Place and the Environment with LEED Fellow Gary Gene Olp

Gary Gene Olp was one of the handpicked students admitted to the University of Cincinnati known for Michael Graves and other prestigious architects. He received a chapter AIA award for his first professional project, a new clubhouse for a century-old revered country club in Ohio. Gary has been designing residential projects since the mid-1980s expressing his contemporary architecture in organic shapes, smooth surfaces, and accentuated by the warm tones and textures of the steel struts, beams, and elements allowed to oxidize. His homes are sited to capture the southeasterly breezes and soft east and north light and to shield the harsh west sun.

Show Highlights

  • Learning how to use a hammer (and its symbolism) and scavenging for materials.
  • Co-op program at the University of Cincinnati.
  • The story of building his first house.
  • The story of three all-nighters and a better design that resonates with a structure.
  • Passive Solar vs PV Solar power. 
  • The first LEED Platinum certification in Texas.
  • Designing for zero ecological footprint.
  • The importance of preparing from the eyes of the builder.

“You can’t build with bricks until you understand the brick.”

-Louis Kahn

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Show Resources

Gun, Germs, and Steel

The Botany of Desire

The Devil in the White City

Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright

Architecturally Significant Homes

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