2019 was our fourth workshop event. Here is a look at 2019’s topic, speakers, and sponsors.
2019 ARCHITECTURAL CERAMIC ASSEMBLIES WORKSHOP:
Bioclimatic Function of Terra Cotta
The workshop’s objective focused on introducing and considering the properties of terra cotta earlier in the architect’s design process and to develop research and design models between manufacturing and architectural industries useful to the efficient production of facade solutions.
Methods of study vary from research and experimentation to modeling, rapid prototyping and construction of terra cotta units. With access to Boston Valley’s 3D CAD/CAM technology including RHINO software, CNC machining, and 5-axis routing, as well as their forming capabilities of architectural terra cotta – slip cast, hand press, RAM press and extrusion – participants had a unique opportunity to produce physical prototypes to theoretical studies.
Through pre-design and prototype development, teams’ explorations included the use of new digital tools in the production of terra cotta assemblies, the development of unitized façade systems, and how the variable materiality of terra cotta (through-body color, finish and glaze) can inform and enhance a façade’s bioclimatic performance.
ACAW 2019 Links
Sara Lopergolo, AIA
Partner, Selldorf Architects
Sara Lopergolo is a Partner at Selldorf Architects, a 70-person architectural design practice founded by Annabelle Selldorf in New York City in 1988. The firm creates public and private spaces that manifest a clear and modern sensibility to enduring impact. Ms. Lopergolo is a licensed architect with nearly three decades of experience and has been with the firm for almost 30 years. She has worked on many of the firm’s major projects including large-scale new construction and cultural facilities. Ms. Lopergolo is currently Partner-in-Charge for the 75,000 sf expansion and renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the expansion and enhancement of the Frick Collection. She has significant experience with ground-up construction having served as Partner-in-Charge on large-scale projects such as the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn and 200 Eleventh Avenue, a 19-story residential condominium. Ms. Lopergolo has completed galleries for David Zwirner, Hauser & Wirth and Barbara Gladstone among others. She received a Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University, and has studied and worked in England, Italy, and Japan. She is currently Treasurer of the Board of Open House New York and sits on the Advisory Board of Syracuse University School of Architecture.
Billie Faircloth, AIA, LEED AP BD+C,
Billie Faircloth is a practicing architect, educator, and Partner at KieranTimberlake, where she leads transdisciplinary research, design, and problem-solving processes across fields including environmental management, urban ecology, chemical physics, materials science, and architecture. She fosters collaboration between trades, academies, and industries in order to define a relevant problem-solving boundary for the built environment. Billie has published and lectured internationally on themes including research methods for a trans-disciplinary and trans-scalar design practices; the production of new knowledge on materials, climate, and thermodynamic phenomena through the design of novel methods, tools and workflows; and the history of plastics in architecture to demonstrate how architecture’s ‘posture’ towards trans-disciplinary practices and new knowledge has changed over time.
William M. Carty, Ph.D.,
Dr. William Carty is the John F. McMahon Professor and Chair of Ceramic Engineering at Alfred University. He received a B.S. and M.S. in Ceramic Engineering from UMR (Missouri), a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Washington, and joined Alfred University in 1993. He teaches extensively (engineering classes during the school year and “Ceramic Science for the Artist” workshops in the summer) and has researched all aspects of traditional ceramics production. He is a frequent contributor to NCECA, has learned to speak the proper language (i.e., the language of the artist), and has an unbridled passion for understanding the why of ceramics.
Jason Oliver Vollen, AIA
Vice President, High Performance Buildings Practice Leader, FABS LLC
Sameer Kumar, AIA
Director of Enclosure Design, SHoP Architects