Janus is a Registered Architect in New York and California, a LEED Project Manager, Certified Passive House Designer + Tradesperson, Sustainable Building Consultant and Educator. She combines Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, BuildingBiology, and Biomimicry in Architecture, Interior Design, and Planning. She holds a Master of Architecture degree (M. Arch) from the University of Colorado Denver, CO, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) from Virginia Commonwealth University and continues to expand her knowledge base with the following certifications:EcoArchitecture Design Works is a collaborative design studio led by Janus Welton and is located in the Hudson Valley, New York
- LEED AP BD+C, Leader in Energy and Environmental Design, US Green Building Council
- CPHC, Certified Passive House Consultant and Tradesperson, CPHT
- CSBA, Sustainable Building Advisor and Educator
- Biomimicry Specialist and Founding Member, Biomimicry NYC
- BBEC, Building Biology and Environmental Consultant, International Institute of Building Biology ™ and Ecology
- Living Building Challenge early adopter
- Biomimicry Master’s Degree candidate at Arizona State University
Prior to founding her architecture studio in New York in 2000, Janus served as Director of Concept Architecture for Sony Development, as Senior Designer for Walt Disney Imagineering, and Senior Architectural Designer at Vito Cetta/Randy Washington Group Architects and Planners, all in Los Angeles. She and her team provide a wide range of design services with a particular focus on Passive House and Living Building Challenge principles; including Net Zero Water and Energy for affordable, smaller Prefab home designs. Her humanitarian project interests include a biomimicry-based Origami Wings refugee shelter design based on the lady bug wing deployment. Her work continues to evolve and grow with her deep ethos of Nature. Based on your specific project needs, she assembles a team of collaborators to offer a broad range of expertise for every design.
Tiny House Competition, Special Recognition Award: Aerie House design of Net Zero energy and water, renewable energy house prototype designed with Living Building Challenge imperatives, Tiny House Competition by Cragsmoor Association, Cragsmoor, NY.
Living Aleutian Home Design Competition Award, International Living Building Institute; Aleutian Housing Authority, and Cascadia USGBC: Orca House- design of a Biomorphic, Net Zero Water and Net Zero Energy, renewable energy house prototype for the Aleutian Islands, Alaska designed with Living Building Challenge imperatives.
AIA Merit Award, Step Up on Second Street, Joint Venture Architect, Santa Monica
Residential Hotel for the Homeless, American Institute of Architects, San Fernando, CA.
Grand Laurel Design Award, Sr. Design Architect- Multifamily Residences, Vito Cetta/Randy
Washington Group, Santa Monica, CA
Gold Nugget Award, Sr. Design Architect- Multifamily Residences, Vito Cetta/ Randy Washington Group, Santa Monica, CA
Architecture Thesis Award, University of Colorado Graduate School, Denver, CO.