Wayne Appleyard



Wayne Appleyard has over 30 years of experience designing and overseeing the construction of a wide variety of projects. These range in scope and include: small residential additions, large custom homes, restaurants, environmental centers, churches, retail stores, agricultural research facilities, childcare centers, medical facilities, professional offices, and large corporate laboratories for high-technology research.

Wayne's expertise in renewable energy and sustainable architecture has led him to conduct workshops and give presentations at a variety of institutions and confrences.
He has personally had hands-on experience with: solar water and air heaters, photovoltaic systems, wind electric systems, composting toilets, grey water systems, strawbale construction, slip-formed stone walls, radiant floor slab heating systems, air to air heat exchangers, and ground source heat pumps.

Robert A. Black



Robert A. Black's professional experience covers a diverse range of venues in the field of architecture, from private practice, to small business owner, to corporate facilities development. Successful projects vary in size and scope including: small-scale residential remodelings, additions and custom homes, K-12 schools and other educational facilities, corporate office, and laboratory facilities for high-technology research.

As an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, he became interested in environmental design with special studies in energy and architecture. This experience continued in Ann Arbor, where he became a Principal of Sunstructures Architects - specializing in passive solar and energy intelligent buildings and energy conservation techniques. He has also been an educational speaker and worked with diverse groups to forward ideas and applications of sustainability concepts and the built environment.


Emile Lauzzana



Emile Lauzzana earned his M.Arch. from the University of Michigan in 2003, where he taught construction studios and worked as a research assistant in environmental technology. His graduate thesis, Urbanimals, explored the urban ecology of Ann Arbor, mapping animal habitats and their interaction with city architecture and infrastructure. His current work explores the integration of mechanical and organic system, looking to a future ecological reintegration. He has continued to teach in his professional career working with student interns in the office and has held adjunct faculty positions at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University teaching sustainable design.

Emile joined Sunstructures Architects in 2004 completing his architectural internship in 2007. He is a LEED accredited professional and a licensed builder in the State of Michigan.

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