January 19, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 19, 2009) – C.T. Hsu + Associates today announced that Jenny Alvarez and Taren Sienkiewicz have earned accreditation by the U.S. Green Building Council’s “Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design” (LEED) program.  Both are intern architects at the firm.

Alvarez earned her Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of South Florida where she was a member of the AIA student chapter and AIA Women in Architecture, served on the AIA building tour committee and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Pinellas County.

Sienkiewicz received her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras (National University of Honduras) and is a recipient of the XIX ELEA Students’ Competition Award for proposing new solutions to the urban and architectural problems of the Acapulco Bay in Mexico.

“With its introduction in 2000, the LEED Green Building Rating System helped to spark a revolution that changed the way we approach the design, construction and operation of our offices, schools, hospitals and homes,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council.  In March, the USGBC will launch sweeping revisions to the program; with LEED 2009 increasing the rating system's emphasis on a building's environmental, economic and social impact and consolidating the many LEED variants into a core set of requirements.

C.T. Hsu + Associates (www.cthsu.com) is an Orlando-based architectural planning and design firm celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2009.  A past “Firm of the Year” as selected by the American Institute of Architects - Florida Association, CTH+A focuses on a mix of mid to large scale projects in the education, government, transportation and mixed use development sectors.  Its multidisciplinary approach ranges from urban planning and design to architecture and interiors.  

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