10 minutes with Alex Landau
Position at SCS:
Residential / Commercial System Designer
Potomac, MD, just outside of Washington, DC. Alex moved to New Orleans in 2001 to attend Tulane University’s School of Architecture. He currently resides in Uptown New Orleans.
Alex’s Masters Thesis was an investigation of thin-film and third generation solar cell technology and how to more successfully integrate them into the built landscape. As part of his Thesis, he submitted a 120-page document entitled “Solarscapes: Integrating Solar Energy into the Built Environment” containing extensive research and analysis on solar power and “solar design” as related to architecture.
Why South Coast Solar?
As an industry leader in the field of renewable energies, South Coast Solar will help pave the way for new and exciting solar technologies to become an integral part of the way buildings are designed and operated. South Coast Solar’s turn-key approach allows them to be involved with every facet of the architectural process, from schematic design to construction completion.
Degrees: M.Arch, B.A. (Master and Bachelor of Architecture, 2009)
LEED Green Associate
How he gives back to the community:
During his time in school, Alex was involved with a variety of architectural projects and competitions that aimed to help rebuild post-Katrina New Orleans. In 2008, Alex’s design studio won third place in the national “J.P. Morgan Chase Community Development Competition” for a financially and architecturally sustainable project that would contribute to the needs of a devastated neighborhood in New Orleans. The project received $10,000 to be given to the Pontilly Disaster Collaborative (PDC) as an associated non-profit partner. Alex also won a national competition sponsored by the “Mother Nature Network” to become a student correspondent for the state of Louisiana. He now actively writes reports on environmental issues in or around the city of New Orleans to be posted on the organization’s website. Alex is a member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and is an avid supporter of New Orleans solar energy initiatives, and continues to push for a cleaner, more smartly built planet.
Hobbies and Interests:
Alex loves watching the New Orleans Saints while eating Jazzy Wings, listening to Galactic, and drinking Abita Amber. He can often be heard saying “I LOVE THIS CITY!”.