Thoughtful Balance has closed its doors…But I’m opening a new one!.

Thank you, Pittsburgh, for your positive energy! Thank you for the opportunity to create cutting edge, meaningful work that’s been internationally recognized. But it’s time for a new chapter…

I’m retiring from designing buildings but not from the conversation about making our communities stronger, our planet healthier, and our buildings better. Thanks for thirty-five great years with wonderful collaborators and friends. Stay tuned for my next chapter!

–Laura Nettleton

Proud to be the designers of this list of Firsts.

  • First LEED affordable housing project in Western PA
  • First LEED GOLD religious complex in the US
  • First Passive House in Western PA
  • First Passive House library in North America
  • First large-scale Passive House retrofit in North America

Laura NettletonLaura believes that cultures can radically change, and has experienced that up close. She graduated from Johns Hopkins’ second class to admit women, and was the only non-smoker in her first architectural office.