Who We Are

At W A T E R S H E D, we work with design, development, and construction teams, businesses, and homeowners to create healthy buildings and landscapes that conserve energy and resources while fostering a greater connection to the natural world. Our expertise revolves around building design, construction, and operational solutions for a hot humid climate. While the growing green building movement is international, our solutions are local.

Rebecca Bryant, AIA

Rebecca Dunn Bryant, Principal

Rebecca Dunn Bryant, AIA co-founded W A T E R S H E D in 2008 in order to build expertise around affordable, sustainable building solutions for a hot humid climate, create built environments that inspire a greater connection with the natural world, and to perform work in the spirit of collaboration, sharing information with her clients and community. Originally from Alabama, Rebecca moved to Colorado study sustainable design and social ecology in 1990 and worked in San Francisco and Houston before returning home to get red dirt back under her feet.

Rebecca is frequently a featured speaker at regional sustainability conferences in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. She has received a Synergy Award from the Citizen’s Environmental Coalition, been recognized as one of 9 “Green Leaders in Red States” by Fortune Magazine and recently voted one of her region’s “Top 40 under 40.” She is the first LEED Faculty member in the state of Alabama, and since 2008, she has provided green building training to over 2,000 professionals and over 200 school children.

Rebecca’s passion for sustainable development is focused on sustainable design, construction, and operational strategies for the hot humid south. While the growing green building movement is international, her approach is decidedly local.

  • Registered Architect in Alabama and Florida
  • LEED Fellow
  • LEED Accredited Professional, BD&C
  • Living Building Ambassador
  • Passive House Consultant
  • Permaculture Designer

Jeremy was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana and currently lives in the outskirts of Fairhope near Fish River. He spent his childhood building Lego models and taking apart old lawn mowers. In high school his family moved across the country to Northwest Florida where he also gained his Bachelor of Architecture at Florida A&M University. Immediately after college he took his first job in Pensacola, Florida where he met his wife Dana. He and Dana have two young daughters, June and Louisa, and another baby on the way.

Jeremy is a licensed architect whose ten years of experience ranges from high-end residential to boutique commercial, pavilions and entry gates, state, federal and military. He is a LEED AP and the first FitWel ambassador in the state of AL. He is leading WATERSHED’s BIM integration processes, while spearheading a renewed focus on human health as an essential component of sustainability.

Jeremy’s hobbies include tending to his vegetable garden, working on his cars, playing at the piano with his daughters and designing tiny houses with his wife. In his spare time he volunteers with Prodisee Food Pantry and Habitat for Humanity.

  • Registered Architect in Florida
  • Fitwel Ambassador
Jeremy Portillo, AIA

Jeremy Portillo, Associate

The team always helps me find an answer.

Dr. John Dindo, Director of Institutional Advancement – Dauphin Island Sea Lab