Celeste Novak, principal of encompass architecture has designed numerous mixed use and commercial projects and provided sustainable design assessments for nonprofit organizations and communities throughout the United States. As a planner, professor and author as well as a licensed architect with over 20 years of experience, her expertise is in sustainable design and community planning.
In 2006, as an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University, her graduate students completed an environment assessment of the campus C/Dat in 2007 providing recommendations for new campus sustainability initiatives. She has written articles on green materials, adaptive re-use, LEED and lectured on sustainability as well as early 20th century architecture and women architects.
As an architect, she is the designer for mixed use, green residential projects and brings expertise from her experiences with major architectural firms. As a planner and recent member of the Scio Township planning commission, she initiated new community environmental design ordinances – dark sky, wetlands, woodlands, and performance based overlay districts.
Celeste currently serves on the National Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) as the Michigan Regional Director. She is a member of the NCARB Sustainable Design Task Force 2006 – 2008 as well as a member of the AIA Sustainable Design Discussion Group. She has led several Sustainable Design Assessment Teams for AIA, the most recent, for the city of Tucson.
Major Buildings and Projects
- Leonard Residence
- Forma Gallery
- Lower Town
Press and Awards
- “Designing with Green Roofs: Maximizing Sustainability and Stormwater Management. “ Architectural Record. December 2005
- “Adaptive Reuse: Uncovering Hidden Assets & Obstacles” Brownfield News: August 2005, p. 8-10 – Re-published by GreenBiz.com – currently in Tools section of website.
- “What is Green Masonry” Story Pole Magazine: Spring 2004, p. 66-70.
- “Green Development Case Studies: Green Building and Green Campuses” Planning & Zoning News Novak, Celeste, et al. “ Vol. 22, No. 9. July 2004, p. 16-20.
- “How Architects Can Become Advocates for Livable Communities” “Plan a Hobby: Become an Engaged Member of Your Community” AIA 2005
- “Pewabic Pottery: A Vehicle for Symbolism of the Arts and Crafts Movement,”
- Michigan Chronicle, 1985
- Place Magazine, Michigan Architectural Journal, editor and author of “ Green Residential Design”