About Us

"For us, building healthy, comfortable, and energy efficient homes is non-negotiable.  It is the right thing for our clients and for our planet.  We cannot imagine anything else." 
Randall Lanou, President

BuildSense provides full service architecture and construction. They opened in 1999 with a mission of making excellent, custom, beautiful, site and climate-specific houses available and affordable to more homebuyers.  Since day one, BuildSense, Inc and BuildSense Architecture, PC have designed and built sustainable, energy efficient, and comfortable homes.

Let us help you realize your next dream.



ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment though energy efficient products and practices.

Partner since 2007.

Rotary International


With more than 1.2 million members worldwide, Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve heath and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

Member since 2003.

Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties


HBADOC supports the growth of the building industry and the quality of our communities through active involvement in community affairs, advocating concern for the environment while maintaining a positive climate for economic growth.

Member since 2004.

Better Business Bureau


An ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other through being the leader in advancing marketplace trust.

Member since 2011.

Oscar !

Maqui !

Camanoe !

Abhaya !

Green Home Builders of the Triangle


A council of the Home Builders Association, this group focuses on builder education and consumer outreach and awareness of the green building industry.

Member since 2006.

Kendall Glaze

Business Manager

Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development, Appalachian State University

Raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

Nick Owings, CGP

Project Manager


Master of Architecture, University of Kansas

Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, University of Kansas

Raised in Wichita, Kansas.

George Thorpe



Native of North Carolina. Raised in Berea.

Megan Patnaik

Project Manager


Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Interior Architecture, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Native of North Carolina. Raised in Kernersville.



BuildSense was founded in 1999 by Randall Lanou to design and build the best-designed, most resource efficient, and best crafted new homes and renovations.  Since then, the team has grown, adding Architects, Builders & Craftspersons who all share the same mission.  Our ultimate goal is to leave a positive social, economic, and environmental legacy.



BuildSense transforms American building and fosters delightful, healthy, and sustainable living.



Licensed Architecture

Site Planning

Conceptual Planning

Custom Home Designs

Catalog House Plans


Budget Planning


Green Building

New Homes



Energy Retrofits

Home Comfort Improvements



BuildSense, Inc.

BuildSense Architecture, PC

502 Rigsbee Avenue, Suite 201

Durham, NC 27701

tel.  919.667.0404

fax.  919.667.9984

NC Sustainable Energy Association


The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency to the benefit of North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development.

Member since 2010.

Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce


Established in 1906, the Chamber serves the community through its public policy, economic and workforce development, small business and member programs and activities.

Member since 2010.

The American Institute of Architects


Since 1857, the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners. With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA serves as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for members in service to society.

Member since 2004.

U.S. Green Building Council


The USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green building. Their community of leaders is working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.

Member since 2003.

Hal Holton

Site Lead

Holds North Carolina Electrical License.
Native of North Carolina. Raised in Creswell.

Evan Lane

Project Manager


Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry & Environmental Studies, Emory & Henry College

Raised in Gloucester, Virginia.

Randall Lanou, LEED-AP, MCGP

Partner | Company Lead


Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

BFA Industrial Design, University of Illinois, Chicago

Holds North Carolina General Contractors License.

Raised in Santa Cruz, California.

Erik Van Mehlman, AIA, CGP

Partner | Design Lead


Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Universidad Del Pais Vasco, San Sebastian, Spain

Boston Architectural Center, Boston MA

Bachelor of Arts in English, Tufts University

Raised in Rhode Island.

Ruby Reeves

Project Manager


Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Bachelor of Interior Architecture, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Raised in Chapel Hill.

Marshall Dunlap, LEED-AP, BPI Certified

Site Lead


Master of Architecture, North Carolina State University

Central Eurpean University, Prague, Czech Republic

Bachelor of Science in History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Holds North Carolina General Contractors License.

Native of North Carolina. Raised in Raleigh.

Kallie !
Wilson !
Charlie !
Marlowe !
Quito !
Petty !
Jude !
Rosalita !

Scott Metheny, CGP

Site Lead


Bachelor of Science in Wood Products, North Carolina State University

Raised in Louisville, Kentucky.

Building Enclosure Council of Research Triangle


The Building Enclosure Council of Research Triangle (BEC-RT) is organized to provide an interdisciplinary, collaborative forum where architects, engineers, consultants, manufacturer’s technical or scientific representatives, contractors, developers, owners, facility managers, and other interested individuals can meet. The intent is to provide a means by which all of those with an interest in the building enclosure and the related building science can discuss common issues, obtain information, discuss local issues, and otherwise address subjects related to the building enclosure.

Member since 2010.

Nyx !

Leon Meyers, General Contractor

Partner | Operations Lead

NC Licensed General Contractor

BA, Duke University

Ryan Stamey

Site Lead

16 years of construction experience.

Native of North Carolina.  Raised in the Hickory area.

Dillon Easter

Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, Appalachian State University
Native of North Carolina. Raised in Lexington.