Sustainable Architect: William Hefner
William Hefner is a Los Angeles-based sustainable architect who is well-known to his celebrity clientele such as Ed Begley Jr. Hefner’s fascination with architecture, which began during his international travel as a student, inspired his appreciation for art and design and the pursuit of his career. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History (including a year of study in Greece), he went on to receive his Master of Architecture degree from UCLA. Hefner then worked for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill before founding William Hefner Architecture Interiors and Landscape in 1989.
His diverse portfolio as a sustainable architect attributes to his aesthetic sensibility, which combines comfort with a luxury of details and sustainable materials. The vision for his projects is implemented across various disciplines of architecture, interiors and landscaping. The firm’s work is sustainable, elegant, expressing an appreciation of aesthetic with an emphasis on natural materials.
His projects have been widely featured in numerous publications both national and international. In 2007 the Robb report named Hefner a member of the top 30 architects in the world for luxury residences.
Hefner applies his artistry to outdoor spaces, as well. His outdoor spaces exemplify Southern California living. A longtime Snyder Diamond client, William shared a few ideas on how to create a similar look and feel in your own garden. He recently set up a second office in Montecito, where he and
his his wife, designer Kazuko Hoshino, have a weekend home. While actively engaged in numerous L.A. projects, Hefner’s Montecito clients bring more opportunities. “Our projects in Montecito tend to be on larger plots of land, hence a chance for wonderful landscape architecture. Single story homes are popular and can be extendable through outdoor living spaces. Choose a location on the site that has a beautiful view or a nice vantage point of the city. Make sure to make allowances for proper lighting and heat. Lastly, you want to make sure the things you need to entertain are close by like an outdoor kitchen so you don’t have to keep going back and forth to the inside kitchen.”
“We have more and more clients asking for pizza ovens. They are a great way to prepare appetizers and, more specifically, wood burning pizza ovens, which are great for vegetables, meats and fish. The Kalamazoo barbecue is great because you have the option to add wood or charcoal to the gas barbecue which gives more flavor to your dishes.”
William recommends plants with a light subtle fragrance, such as citrus star jasmine and sweet olive, work well close to outdoor dining areas. Plants with white or pale yellow flowers read well in the evening when outdoor dining areas are in more frequent use. Some of his favorites include Wedding Gown Hydrangea, Claire Austin (a David Austin rose), and Moon Dust Achillea.
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