Wooden Temple

This project focused on re-thinking wood in traditional construction. Traditional timber architecture in East Asia has been built with the column, beam, and strut systems with limited lengths of wood. The project began with the challenge; of how to cover a building with a wide-span structure while achieving a beauty that comes from the use... Continue Reading →


It is 2050, global emissions in the construction industry have decreased by 30%. Buildings are almost entirely carbon neutral with a substantial percentage sequestering emissions resulting in net positive offsets. The construction industry is seeing a boon in high paying, safe jobs. Populations throughout the world have access to affordable, equitable and healthy housing. These... Continue Reading →

Designing for Disassembly

The concept of the circular economy may be defined as a model of production and consumption which involves the sharing, leasing, reusing, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products as long as possible.  The AEC industry typically follows a linear model of extraction, fabrication, use, and disposal.  This not only leads to the consumption of... Continue Reading →

Blumer Lehmann

Blumer Lehmann is an industry leader in Swiss timber construction. Their innovative team is able to bring the architect’s timber dreams to life through technical planning and assembly. They are best known for their innovative fabrications, which are created utilizing the best parametric technology available. Following 3D modeling, the engineering team creates realistic mock-ups to... Continue Reading →

Star Gazer Canopy

The most important learning outcome in this design was learning how to use connections in order to combat forces. The thicknesses and types of connections we have at each of our member connection were decided because of the types of loads that they would combat. For example, the thicker outframe provided a stronger lateral load support as well as the connection piece to connect the frame. The major obstacle was trying to figure out what material is available to be able to be used to create our design and if our design could be supported by the material available. This was challenging because it limited our ideas and scale of what we wanted our design to be. However, we were able to come around this by creating an intimate space for people to be in. Our design was greatly praised for the simplicity of the pattern. The reviewers liked the pattern shape and how it is light and airy in the center. The greatest critique was to try and extend this pattern and feeling of airiness down into the walls of the canopy. They thought that the walls were too constricting about because the pattern itself is open, they wanted us to explore more of the openness down into the walls.

Coastal Grove Table

We initially set out to design an easily assembled, nomadic structure that would house various types of events on a beach setting. We created a reciprical system that could be scaled both horizontally as well as vertically, in order to meet the needs of various types and sizes of events. While the scheme itself was... Continue Reading →


For this review, our team chose to focus on the presentation of our beautiful frame structure. The reciprocal frame could be used for a variety of applications, but we highlighted the bridge application as our constructable installation. We discussed the constraints of time and resources that led us to making some design decisions leading into... Continue Reading →

TEAM 4: Dome Pavilion Fabrication Proposal

Our fabrication proposal modifies our architectural proposal by replacing our columns with a reciprocal frame and altering all member sizes to be made with the available MPP scraps of which we will use solely 1.75" thick MPP to create square cross section members. Reviewers were primarily concerned with the lack of function of our proposal... Continue Reading →

The Star Gazer

The biggest learning outcome for this midterm review was experimenting with the different types of connections to make our design work. We worked with both 2D and 3D models and found the different outcomes for both and how to even add dimension with the different types of angled cuts on each member. As we spent... Continue Reading →

Portland Harvest

In reflection of the midterm review, we are confident in the direction of the project. The feedback overall about the canopy design was largely hesitant. Many reviewers were non convinced that the column connection was enhancing the overall design. The bridge design was well received, but the walking surface and guardrails left some to be... Continue Reading →

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