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Symposium Highlights

Dawn Zuber, AIA & Bud Dietrich, AIA

From contextualism to globalism, traditionalism to modernism, environmentalism to industrialism, this year’s symposium will feature a group of presenters that covers it all. And to bring it all home, so to speak, we’ll have Bobby McAlpine talk about The Home Within Us. So here’s a bit of an appetizer from each of our presenters. Make sure to join us in Santa Fe for the full meal.

The Value of Reality

James Cutler, FAIA

Cutler Anderson Architects

James Cutler is an award-winning architect and principal of the design firm, Cutler Anderson Architects (formerly James Cutler Architects), on Bainbridge Island, Washington. How is that we architects see the world? How is that we use our viewpoint to understand, interpret and improve the environment around us? How can we use material and craft to create a sense of place and give meaning to our world? And how does all of this provide value to ourselves and our world. Join James Cutler as he explores the answers to these questions through an explanation of his work.

In the Footsteps of Vitruvius: Durability Lessons

Matthew Bronski, Assoc. AIA, P.E.

Simpson, Gumpertz, and Heger

Matthew Bronski has used the work of the Vitruvius as a frequent touchstone for his own work as a historic preservationist. While some architects talk about the Vitruvian idea of firmness, commodity and delight, Bronski lived it. Following in the footsteps of the Roman architect, Bronski utilized Vitruvius’ methodology of direct observation of existing buildings. Bronski studied the details, materials, and methods of the building construction and current condition to derive the lessons they have to teach us regarding long-term durability and preservation.

Ancient Light

Jon Dick, AIA

Archaeo Architects

Jon Dick, of Santa Fe, an award winning and well-traveled architect, will examine the conflict between romantic and pragmatic influences in architecture; specifically as these relate to culture and context. Jon will examine how historic architecture effects current design and how these effects intertwine to influence the decisions we architects make today, especially as it relates to custom residential design.

The New Natural House Revisited (Concurrent Session)

Stuart Narofsky, AIA, LEED AP

Narofsky Architecture

Stuart Narofsky is an award winning and nationally published architect and founder of Narofsky Architecture, located in Long Island City, New York. Stuart will discuss the importance of understanding universal building techniques used throughout history by indigenous people who adapted these techniques as responses to regional and local environmental demands. Narofsky will present the growing movement of regional modernism shown by built examples emphasizing sustainable practice and natural building trends. He will also examine the impact of recent weather changes, such as the “super storm,” on existing communities, and recent past failures with respect to disregard of warning signs and environmental conditions.

Real World Metrics for a High Performance Home, A Case Study (Concurrent Session)

Tenna Florian, AIA, LEED AP BD + C

Lake|Flato Architects

Tenna Florian joined L|F in 2005 and has focused on sustainable architecture and designs that integrate into their natural environment. In her presentation, Florian will review the design of the home and the passive sustainable design strategies that were implemented. She will then explain how energy dashboards can be integrated into existing and new construction, and how they can easily identify low-cost, high-impact techniques for saving energy. She will also demonstrate how the dashboard equipment can be used as a diagnostic tool to ensure systems are performing properly. Finally, she will discuss how the architect/client relationship can be strengthened by using post-occupancy evaluation as a vehicle for staying in touch with a client beyond project completion, and helping to ensure the home is performing as was intended.

Some Place Like Home

Toby Israel, Ph.D.

Design Psychology

Dr. Israel is a visionary founder of the new field of Design Psychology. Her worldwide experience and groundbreaking theories are summarized in her book Some Place Like Home: Using Design Psychology to Create Ideal Places. During her session, she will introduce participants to the new field of Design Psychology. She will share how Design Psychology can enhance participants’ current residential design practices, and will discuss the process and tools related to Design Psychology.

On Adding On: Incremental Architecture

Stuart Cohen, FAIA & Julie Hacker, FAIA

Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects

Stuart Cohen taught architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has published numerous articles on theory and criticism. His wife and business partner, Julie Hacker, has a background in psychology and modern dance, and an interest in archeology. The two will discuss the recent history of building additions, including formal and planning strategies for adding on to an existing building. They will explain when an addition should replicate the language of the existing building and when it can stand in contrast. Finally, they will cover the implied meanings conveyed by replicating and extending an existing building versus building in contrast to existing forms and materials.

The Home Within Us

Bobby McAlpine, AIA

McAlpine Tankersley Architecture

In his best-selling book from Rizzoli International, architect and furniture designer Bobby McAlpine speaks poignantly about everyone’s personal search for home. Armed with the perspective of a southerner and an arsenal of architectural experience, he reveals his thoughts on grace, the human condition, tenderness of place and what we know to be true in our lives, all based on his body of work created over the last three decades. In his presentation, McAlpine will explore using a person’s home as a laboratory and will encourage development of an appetite for maturity in design. He will discuss how to create relationships with good interior designers and landscape architects, as well as the importance of publication.


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