WHAT WE DO

We are a creative design studio that makes buildings, public space, places, and art. Art, architecture, sensory experiences, and public engagement are our medium.

We aim to catalyze the built environment – to elevate shelter, landscape and transportation – to self-sufficiency, supporting people and the environment. We strive to design and develop places that power themselves, cleanse themselves, transform waste, provide wildlife habitat, produce food, enhance the lives of people, and support social justice.

Although some of our projects are whimsical, the technical side of our work is founded in sound building principles, such as Passive House, and an understanding of ecology and how to achieve deep energy and water savings and regenerative principles in buildings and landscapes.

Our projects can be exploratory and range from the fantastical to the 100% practical.  Biome Studio has a diverse portfolio of projects including 1) very practical energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on large multifamily affordable housing; 2) bold cutting-edge projects such as deep energy retrofits and regenerative communities; and 3) interactive, sculptural, and installation-scale art work.

OUR CLIENTS

We seek creative projects that combine art, placemaking, ecology, and transforming spaces for social and ecological good.  We work with cities, building owners, developers, curators, and art institutions.  We love collaborating with other artists, designers, performers, and musicians.

OUR SERVICES

We design and construct creative projects in our design studio, workshop and on-site.

Our services range from creative design and fabrication to comprehensive project oversight and project management to achieve ambitious regenerative goals.  We also facilitate design team and community workshops and offer speaking engagements.

VISUAL ART

For a complete catalog of visual art by Heather Theresa Clark, Biome Studio’s founder, check out www.heather-clark.com

OUR PEOPLE

Biome Studio coordinates diverse teams of artists, engineers, architects, building scientists, inventors, real estate developers, builders, and ecologists.  Biome Studio was founded by visual artist Heather Theresa Clark who comes from a background immersed in art, making, and managing large-scale projects that benefit people and the environment.  She interweaves her passion for art, building science, making, ecology, social justice, green development and planning to create projects that challenge present reality and attempt to make life more fulfilling.

As founder of Biome Studio, Clark’s projects range from the practical to the whimsical, with all efforts rooted in sound building principles, such as Passive House, and an understanding of ecology.  Clark has overseen what was the largest deep energy retrofit in the U.S.; installed over one megawatt of solar on 2,300 affordable apartments; and created a green development and property management program for 90,000 units of affordable housing on behalf of one of the largest affordable housing developers in the US.  Appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts, Clark has served as ‘Energy Efficiency Expert’ on the Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council that oversaw Massachusetts utility energy efficiency programs and she has also served on the Massachusetts Zero Energy Task Force.

Clark is a visual artist.  She has transformed a burned building shell into an open-air theater with a living sculpture; co-created the Busycle, a 15 person-pedal powered bus; and shown her artwork internationally.  Clark is currently a Hamiltonian Fellow in Washington DC.  She was the 2017 artist-in-residence at the Woods Hole Research Center, a leading climate change think tank. She was the 2016 recipient of the Virginia Commission for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship Award.

Clark is also an environmental activist.  She founded the Play-In for Climate Action, a family-oriented climate change protest held annually at the US Capitol by Moms Clean Air Force, a special project of the Environmental Defense Fund.

Clark holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, and a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, summa cum laude, in Environmental Science and Community Planning, a self-designed major.

RECENT PRESS

2018

Washington Post, In the Galleries, Mark Jenkins, 5/6/2018

feeldesain, Artist’s Sculpture On Home-Making In The Age Of Climate Change, 5/9/2018, Italy

 World-Architects Japan, Artist Abstracts Domestic Space and Puts It In Tension in Kinetic Sculpture, May 2018, Japan

 THE RIB, Along A Line, Heather Theresa Clark, May 2018

2017

Sculpture MagazineWashington, DC: Heather Theresa Clark – Hillyer Art Space, Laura Roulet, June 2017

 Washington PostIn historic Frederick, Md., a 1700s-era building is reborn as a ‘dreamy’ open-air arts venue, Mark Jenkins, 5/11/17

Public Art ReviewProjects We Love, Sky Stage, Issue 56, Spring/Summer 2017

Washington PostIn the Galleries, Mark Jenkins, 1/19/17

World-ArchitectsThe American Dream Unpacked, 1/24/17

Creative BoomMaintenance: Artist Heather Theresa Clark literally unpacks the American Dream, 1/26/17

CODAMAGAZINE, Architectural Art, Sky Stage, Spring 2017

ARTSAKEHeather Clark: Climate Change Barge Project, Mass Cultural Council, 11/28/17

The Falmouth Enterprise (Cover Story), Performance Art Over Water Will Explore Climate Change, Andrea Carter, 9/1/17

WBUR, THE ARTery5 Things To Do This Weekend, From Dangling Dancers To A Carnival Parade, Amelia Mason, 9/6/17

DOMUSPer l’artista H.T. Clark, gli uomini sono tutti impotenti (di fronte alla crisi ambientale), 11/22/17

2016

Design Boom‘sky stage’ is a public artwork + theater built in the shell of a burned building, 10/21/16

InhabitatTwisting ribbons of plants transform a badly burned Maryland building into an interactive public artwork, Lucy Wang, 10/20/16

Sass Magazine (Cover Story)Women to Watch, Chrissie Moore, Winter 2016

Frederick Magazine (Cover Story)All the Community’s a Stage, Live Theater Brings Entertaining Performances and Other Benefits to Local Audiences, Gina Gallucci-White, 11/1/16

American-ArchitectsBuilding of the Week, Sky Stage, 11/7/16, USA, Switzerland

World-ArchitectsSky Stage, 10/24/16, Switzerland

Dwell.comA fire nearly destroyed this pre-Revolutionary War building in Maryland. Then this happened:, 10/25/16

Home & Design Trends MagazineTransformative art that alters perceptions & neighbourhoods, Vol 4 No 8 2017, January 2017 edition, India

The Daily GazetteWhat happens when lights stop breathing?, Sara Foss, 11/16/16, Schenectady, NY

CREATIVE BOOMSky Stage: Artist transforms burned building into living art and a temporary theatre, 11/3/16, UK

The Italian Community of EngineersHow to reuse former factories in degradation: the outdoor theater Sky Stage, 12/8/16, Italy

Noble IDSky Stage, 11/16, Thailand

KOT SIFIRSky Stage, 10/26/16, Turkey

Energy FreshSky Stage breathed “green” living in dilapidated historic building, 10/21/16, Russia

Refresh the Triangle‘sky stage’ is a public artwork + theater built in the shell of a burned building, 10/21/16

The CommuterFrom the Ashes Rises a Phoenix, Ann Culey, 11/11/16

USA Art News, Sky Stage, 10/28/16

Architecture Design, ‘sky stage’ is a public artwork + theater built in the shell of a burned building, 10/21/16

A Green LivingTwisting ribbons of plants transform a badly burned Maryland building into an interactive public artwork, 10/20/16

Frederick News Post, Sky Stage: Temporary art venue opens in Frederick,  9/22/16

WHAG TV, Preview of Sky Stage, an open-air theater in downtown Frederick, 9/16/16

Frederick News PostSky Stage grand opening: Be part of history,  9/12/16

Preservation MarylandProject Spotlight: Sky Stage Art Installation in Frederick, 8/11/2016

Frederick News PostArtist repurposes downtown Frederick building as Sky Stage public art, theater project8/7/16

Frederick News PostFive Questions with Heather Clark, Sky Stage artist, 8/7/16

Frederick News PostOpen air theater, sculpture proposed for Frederick building that burned in 2010, 5/10/16

AWARDS

Hamiltonian Fellowship, Washington DC, 2017-2019

Invoking the Pause Grant for Climate Change Trailblazers, 2018

National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant, Sky Stage, 2017

Americans for the Arts: Year in Review Public Art Award Jurors: Alison Saar, Kevin B. Chen, and Sherri Brueggemann, 2017

Community Leadership Award for Historic Preservation from City of Frederick, MD, 2017

Virginia Commission for the Arts Sculpture Fellowship Award, 2016

Burning Man Global Arts Grant, 2016

Nora Roberts Foundation Award, 2016

Home Depot Foundation Award, 2016

Ausherman Foundation Award, 2016

Delaplaine Foundation Award, 2016

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Comparative Media Studies, The 10th Annual CMS Media Spectacle, Honorable Mention/Best Documentary,  2008

Americans for the Arts: Year in Review Public Art Award Jurors: Miwon Kwon and Larry Kirkland Honor, 2007

Boston Society of Landscape Architects, Award for Landscape Art, Boston, MA, 2007

Council for the Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Grant, Cambridge, MA, 2007

Grant for Community-Building, Interactive Art Projects, Black Rocks Art Foundation, San Francisco, CA, 2006

Council for the Arts at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Grant, Cambridge, MA, 2006

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