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David Hertz & Studio of Environmental Architecture


About Us

SEA is dedicated to the design and construction of sustainable and restorative places. By designing with nature, we create architecture of enduring value for people and the planet. Each project is a unique architectural expression that responds to client needs, site specificities, local climate, and new ideas. The interplay of architecture’s fundamental elements—Light and shadow, form and material, proportion and scale—realize spaces that simultaneously feel timeless and contemporary. The practice of architecture lies at the intersection of many disciplines, and we view design as an opportunity to harmonize many related crafts and sciences. SEA promotes a systems thinking approach to architecture, a way to synthesize diverse perspectives and fields into a cohesive, performance-driven whole. In addition to buildings, we produce industrial design, public sculpture, and materials research within a single versatile design culture. The studio has particular expertise in regenerative design and sustainability in residential and commercial projects. We believe architecture must strive to reverse global climate change and prepare for the environmental volatility of the anthropocene. To that end, a think-tank within the studio—Resilience Lab—develops green technology and provides communities with planning services. We also help families recover from disasters through fire-rebuilds and related projects. Enlightened architecture can heal people and restore ecosystems, ensuring symbiosis between built and natural environments.

Services Provided

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Building Design, Custom Home, Energy-Efficient Homes, Green Building, Home Additions, Multigenerational Homes, Passive Solar Heating & Cooling, Project Management, Sustainable Design

Areas Served

Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood Los Angeles, Culver City, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Hollywood, Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Playa Del Rey, Playa Vista, Redondo Beach, Santa Monica, Topanga, Torrance, Venice, West Hollywood, Ventura


College of Fellows, American Institute of Architects (FAIA) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP)

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17 Projects

Inspiration for a large asian partial sun backyard concrete paver landscaping in Other for spring.

House on Horizon Hill

Yachats, OR
Minimalist exterior home photo in Los Angeles

747 Wing House

Malibu, CA
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