Dennis Allen, President of Allen Associates, began his career in building 30 years ago because of a passionate interest in solar energy and a desire to use resources more sensibly. Since then, he has gone on to become a recognized...

Born in Santa Barbara, Bachelors Degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. 25 years of experience in building trades. Experienced in all phases of construction from concrete, framing, plumbing, tile, finish carpentry. Began employment...

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...authority on environmentally friendly building practices. For more than 20 years he has taught courses on sustainable design and construction through the University of California Extension Program at UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz and at the Santa Barbara Community College Adult Education Program. He has spoken before the Advisory Board of the Joint Center on housing Studies at Harvard University, the national Remodels Guild, and a variety of community groups on green building issues. His commentaries on sustainable solutions to environmental and social problems have been published locally, regionally, and nationally.

Dennis is active in community organizations: The Sustainability Project, the Green Building Alliance, the Santa Barbara Contractors Association, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. For the past 5 years, he has served as a consultant with the County of Santa Barbara's Innovative Building Review Program, a program that encourages energy efficiency and sustainable practices in building projects within the County. He serves on the Dean's Council of the Bren School for Environmental Sciences and Management at the University of California Santa Barbara. He created the Parade of Green Buildings, an annual event now in its fourth year that exhibits the best local examples of green building to the public. Most recently he organized a study tour for fifteen of the community's leaders and activists to Curitiba, Brazil, considered by many to be the most ecological city in the world. In addition to his interest in sustainable land use planning, design, and construction, Dennis enjoys foreign languages and travel, backpacking, reading, foreign affairs, cooking, and dancing.

Ian Cronshaw continued
...with Allen Associates 1981. Has managed small - large complex residential projects, light commercial projects.

Has designed and built several residential projects in Santa Barbara, Mexico, Hawaii, New Zealand and Tahiti. Founded new Allen Associates division "Built to Ship" featuring simple, attractive, environmentally sound vacation and second homes, which are built in Santa Barbara and shipped via container to overseas destinations. Owns properties in Kauai, Hawaii, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, Santa Barbara and Huahine, Tahiti. Winner of numerous awards for projects completed under his management. Currently building an all "green" house at the Hollister Ranch featuring adobe exterior, all recycled framing lumber (saved from Allen Associates demolition projects) and recycled wood floors, on-demand water heater and hydronic heat system, and non VOC paints.

Currently partners with Dennis Allen, and chief safety officer of Allen Associates. Ian enjoys foreign travel, surfing, designing, weekend building projects and his family, Anna, and two sons, Brendan (12) and Tristan (10).

 

 

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