Paula is an architect and Building Biologist living in Ashland, Oregon. She specializes in health-enhancing and ecologically sound architectural design and consulting and has extensive experience applying the principles of Building Biology to many forms of alternative construction including: Light straw-clay adobe, straw-bale, pumice-crete, aerated autoclaved concrete and wood insulated concrete forms. In her role as architect or consultant she has successfully assisted many people suffering from MCS in building healthy homes since 1995. She is the primary author “Prescriptions for A Healthy House,” co-author with husband Robert Laporte of two books: “Econest,” and “The EcoNest Home,” and contributing author to several other publications.
Paula has been on the faculty of IBE for over a decade, teaching IBE 213 and IBE 215, and has authored coursework for the Institute. Paula has served as a board member since 2016.