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 →

Advantages and Implications of Utilizing Mass Timber for Structural Efficiency and Service Integration in an Educational Building (M.S. Terminal Project Proposal, By: Aaryn Gray)

The utilization of and advances in mass timber over the last decade have changed our perceptions of construction materials and building today. As mass timber buildings are rising in interest to the architectural design profession, the Building Industry as a whole is taking the initiative to further understand and develop new and more efficient solutions... Continue Reading →

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