The 2015 Latrobe prize enables a cross-disciplinary team of partners led by the Arid Lands Institute to develop and test a digital design tool, known as “Hazel,” that will enable arid communities anywhere to design and build the infrastructure needed to capture, retain and distribute stormwater runoff.  The technology builds on previous public- and private sector-funded research to maximize low-carbon localized water supply; shape water-smart urban planning, zoning and building policy; identify key sites for public and private investment; develop pilot projects that are scalable and replicable; build water-conversant design professions and support water-sensitive design education.   The research will develop and test a tool, called Hazel, which should enable engineers and architects to make more thoughtful decisions on the integration of stormwater capture and reuse in their projects.

This research is funded by the Latrobe Prize, named for architect of the US Capitol Benjamin Henry Latrobe, is awarded biennially by the AIA College of Fellows for a two-year program of research leading to significant advances in the architecture profession. Arid Lands Institute co-directors Peter Arnold and Hadley Arnold lead the team of 2015 winners that includes Rowan Roderick-Jones, CSci, ENV SP, Associate, Water Systems Group, ARUP, San Francisco; Deborah Weintraub, AIA, LEED AP, Chief Deputy City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Public Works, City of Los Angeles; Leigh Christy, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will, Los Angeles; and John Haymaker, AIA, Ph.D., LEED AP, Director of Research, Perkins+Will, and director of AREA Research.