A Transformational and Brighter Future

Atelier Ten is pleased to announce Emilie Hagen and Chad Groshart are promoted to Directors. Emilie and Chad join Claire Maxfield, Nico Kienzl, Shanta Tucker and Ben Shepherd as Directors of Atelier Ten’s US group.

Since joining Atelier Ten in 2005, Emilie has been a trailblazer in the decarbonization movement, leading some of the firm’s most ambitious projects. Emilie leads Atelier Ten’s Innovation working group, which envisions a more just, equitable and sustainable future. The group explores transformational technologies and ideas ranging from urban agriculture and carbon sequestering landscapes, to ecological justice and regenerative economics.

Emilie has led some of Atelier Ten’s most ambitious projects including the net zero energy Kohler Environmental Center, and Unisphere, the largest site net zero energy commercial building in the U.S. A LEED Fellow, she guided the sustainability approach for the U.C. Merced 2020 Project and its 11 new LEED Platinum buildings, and the Kresge College Renewal at UC Santa Cruz which is evolving the architectural landmark for the next century. One of Emilie’s current areas of focus is green commercial developments, including 300 Kansas, an innovative developer-driven core and shell facility for robotic manufacturing in San Francisco, which is targeting Net Zero Carbon certification through ILFI. In her off time, Emilie enjoys exploring California wilderness by foot or kayak with her family, commuting via cargo bike, or reading novels in a hammock: Solarpunk climate-change science fiction.

Chad has been with Atelier Ten since 2006 and leads our U.S. lighting design practice. His approach to lighting design seamlessly integrates with our sustainable building practices to create stunning healthy spaces. He developed Atelier Ten’s innovative approach to simulating circadian lighting, promoting alignment with the body’s natural circadian rhythm, improving occupant energy, mood, and productivity. This methodology can be seen in the lighting design of our very own New York City office and the Delos Headquarters in New York City. Both spaces support circadian health and visually comfortable and tunable lighting.

As an early adopter of the WELL Building standard and is a WELL Faculty member, Chad will continue to combine his deep understanding of how lighting can impact a space while championing the integration of wellness into lighting design. He provides this expertise on project types ranging from commercial, hospitality, landscape, and institutional projects. Chad has also been a leader of the Atelier Ten Foundation for the past 10 years where he – along with a group of students – has brought lighting to developing communities around Haiti with the Roots of Development organization. In his off time, Chad enjoys spending time with his family and sailing around the seas of Connecticut and the Caribbean.

Please join us in welcoming Chad and Emilie to our leadership team!