In addition to her monograph on Mockbee/Coker Architects, Lori Ryker has written two books on sustainable design. Off The Grid (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2005) presented building strategies for reducing dependence on conventional energy systems. This spring its sequel, Off the Grid Homes (Gibbs Smith, Publisher, 2007), hit stores.
The new book provides a more in-depth, hands-on look at resource-conserving technologies, including photovoltaics, geothermal heating, rainwater collection, solar hot water, and wind turbines. Ryker explains these systems through six case studies of homes designed by Ryker/Nave; David Hertz, AIA; Arkin Tilt Architects; and others. Photos, floor plans, and handy illustrations complement her clear prose, and a list of builders, technicians, and manufacturers rounds out the usual project credits.
(Note: Since the publishing of this profile, Lori Ryker and Brett Nave no longer practice together.)