Beau Dunavant IV LEED AP BD+C has been working in the field of natural building and sustainable design since 2009. He has worked with and studied under the like of Earthship Biotecture, the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, and Yestermorrow school of Design. He has designed, built, spoke, and taught throughout the U.S. and abroad. Within the past year he has had a paper published titled “The Conscious Human Ecological Experience, Conscious Design, and the Evolution of the Built Environment” and with this has spoken at various sustainability conferences throughout 2015 and 2016 including: USGBC’s Greenbuild in Washington, D.C., Sustainable Cites 2016 in Alicante, Spain, and the EcoSummit in Montpelier, France. Beau Dunavant IV graduated from Yestermorrow’s Sustainable Design program in 2012 and has since been designing and building all over the world.
Owner, Gypsy Build LLC., Denver, Colorado / International — August 2015— June 2018.
Natural Building and Sustainable Design/Single family dwellings. Currently filming for DIY Network’s “Building Off the Grid” and a documentary series located in Alberta, Canada involving the First Nations peoples and sustainability.
Independent Contractor/Freelance Natural Building, U.S. / Abroad — 2013—2015
Worked as a foreman on natural and “off-grid” homes throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Central America, and Mexico.
Crew/MEP, Earthship Biotecture, Taos, New Mexico — 2010—2013
Through my time working with Earthship Biotecture, I gain experience and knowledge in building with reclaimed/salvaged materials, earthen materials, solar passive design, rainwater collection to be used for all potable water within the structure, solar installation and design, and working and building with surrounding natural elements. With this company, I was able to travel throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Crew, Chad Simmons Heating and Air, Decatur /Huntsville, Alabama — 2009—2010
Installation and Service.
Crew, Shelledy Brothers LLC, Huntsville, Alabama — 2007—2009
Calhoun Community College, Decatur / Huntsville, Alabama — Associates of Applied Science, HVAC/R / Electrical Technology —2007—2009
Yestermorrow Design Build School, Warren, Vermont — Certificate of Sustainable Design 2012—2012
I have been working and learning as a natural builder since 2007 and have been able to work and learn from many amazing people and companies. Since 2009 I have solely been involved with Natural Building and Sustainable Design for single family and multi-family dwellings. I have become well versed in the trade(s) of Natural Building, starting from the foundation of a dwelling and all the way through to natural fine finishes and boutique plasters. I have built anywhere from the “off the grid” to the downtown loft and I work in my life to always be a student. In addition to the practical and hands-on skills that I have acquired, I have had the honor to have a paper published in 2016 entitled “The Conscious Human Ecological Experience, Conscious Design, and the Evolution of the Built Environment”. This paper was published through WIT Press, located in the U.K., and I have been able to speak at various conferences around the world. At this point in my career, I am involved and being filmed for a television show about “building off of the gird” and a documentary series in Canada involving the First Nations peoples and the quality of life challenges they face due to their housing crisis. In addition to this, I am currently, and have been for the past year, working and developing a small community in Haiti.
“The Conscious Human Ecological Experience, Conscious Design, and the Evolution of the Built Environment”, WIT Press, 2016.
2015 — Front Range Bioneers Conference, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
2015 — USGBC’s Greenbuild, Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
2016 — OnSustainability Conference, University of Portland, Portland Oregon
2016 — Sustainable Cities Conference, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
2016 — Ecological Engineering, Montepiller Convention Center, Montepiller, France 2017 — Rocky Mountain Natural Building Conference, Golden Colorado
DIY Network “Building Off the Grid” in Taos, New Mexico
Earthly Conversations in Alberta, Canada
Past — I have been filmed and interviewed for many documentaries involving natural building and sustainable design