ACAW 2021 Presentation Videos

Video:

ACAW 2021 Welcome

Presenters:

  • John Krouse
  • Omar Khan

Description:

ACAW kicks off this year as an event centered around design, research, and education.  Moderator Omar Khan introduces the team who makes this event possible each year and explains the process of the workshop leading up to the conference.  John Krouse, President and CEO of Boston Valley Terra Cotta, welcomes all in attendance and thanks the participants in the architectural community.

Video:

ACAW 2021 Keynote 1 – Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

Presenters:

  • Tod Williams
  • Billie Tsien

Description:

Tod and Billie, multi-award winning and honorary architects, join ACAW this year to discuss their work, philosophy, and interaction with Terra Cotta.  Speaking on ‘tough beauty’ and keeping the raw artist’s hand in their works, the pair explores the possibilities with terra cotta among many other materials.

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ACAW 2021 – Tod William Billie Tsien Architects | Partners/Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc.

Presenters:

  • Jonathan Reo
  • Dan Chittick
  • Alex Odom
  • Isaac Southard
  • Tod Williams
  • Billie Tsien

Description:

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects/Partners with Walter P. Moore, design with an awareness of aesthetic.  Concerned with keeping the ‘hand’ visible to avoid a mass-produced feel, designers contemplate how glazing and textures of terra cotta affect the overall appearance.

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ACAW 2021- COOKFOX Architects and Buro Happold Team Presentation

Presenters:

  • Spencer Lapp
  • Andre Parnther
  • Spring Wu
  • Zach Grzybowski

Description:

CookFox Architects and Buro Happold embrace biophilia designing by considering ways a building façade might be used; not just by people but the natural environment it is built within.  By creating varying micro-habitat pods, birds will be able to nest within this interactive wall, water can be collected, and sunlight filtered.

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ACAW 2021 – Goody Clancy/Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) Team Presentation

Presenters:

  • Jefferson Poole
  • David Charney
  • Daniel Chen
  • Rachael Gerry

Description:

Goody Clancy and Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) reimagined a contextual wall assembly, looking beyond just the façade. Using analysis tools to drive their process they explored a façade focused on sustainability, a reduced carbon footprint, while embracing Terra Cotta’s unique manufacturing.  Taking cost into consideration, Goody Clancy and SGH aim to design a façade that can be applied realistically to college campus’ replacing the common brick.  Incorporating planters, the mockup comes to life with greenery, giving nature a home within our built environment.

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ACAW 2021 – Team Carnegie Mellon University Presentation

Presenters:

  • Laura Garofalo
  • Beyazit Eraslan
  • Yonglin Huang
  • Kashmala Imtiaz
  • Ian Lippincott
  • Elena Marzina

Description:

Thinking about Terra Cotta in its most natural form, the CMU team considered geological formations made up of minerals and water as inspiration and direction for their mock-up.  As architectural terra cotta is mass produced, CMU explored the extrusion method along with the computationally driven clay wire cutter designed by Boston Valley Terra Cotta’s own, Peter Schmidt.

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ACAW 2021 – Studio Gang / Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. Team Presentation

Presenters:

  • Schuyler Smith
  • Maciej Kaczynski

Description:

Interested in testing the structural potential of terra cotta outside common façade applications, Studio Gang designed a large-scale prototype that investigates the material’s compressive capability.  Leading their research with the question “How can we scale-up terra cotta construction and reintroduce past structural applications?” Studio Gang returns  to ACAW for a second year to find the answers.

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ACAW 2021 – Architecture Research Office (ARO)/Heintges/TriPyramid Team Presentation

Presenters:

  • Stephen Cassell
  • Adam Yarinsky
  • Neal Patel
  • Jenny Hong
  • Lian Ren
  • Robert Heintges
  • David Bott
  • Jean Gu
  • Michael Mulhern
  • Joe Kelly

Description:

Architecture Research Office (ARO) and Heintges, with TriPyramid, were inspired by the organic forms of leaf and vine structures as well as the geometry of traditional diamond patterned espalier trees.  Making use of terra cotta’s malleability and replicability, the team aims to create an abstraction of a natural screen on large-scale facades.

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ACAW 2021 – HOK/TriPyramid, Permasteelisa North America & Josef Gartner Team Presentation

Presenters:

  • John Neary
  • Michael Mulhern
  • Roberto Bicchiarelli
  • Victoria Ereskina

Description:

HOK, TriPyramid and Permasteelisa Group– through its subsidiaries Permasteelisa North America and Josef Gartner – team up together to design with special attention towards environmental consciousness.  Increasing demand for improved energy performance of buildings has pushed them to think differently leading them to embrace Terra Cotta as a structural façade material.

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ACAW 2021 – University at Buffalo and Alfred University Team Presentation

Presenters:

  • Dan Vrana
  • Jin Young Song
  • Jongmin Shim
  • Johnathan Hopp
  • Shawn Murrey

Description:

The UB and Alfred University team presents their research on the ceramic application of reconfigurable stack-interlock system.  Due to a diverse team, varying perspectives led to innovation that may have not been thought of otherwise had the two universities not collaborated.  Exploring the idea of temporary buildings and disassembly of structures, they hope to open the door of construction to an intimate public level.

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ACAW 2021 Keynote 2 – Mic Patterson

Presenters:

  • Mic Patterson

Description:

Mic Patterson, President at Facades Tectonic Institute, discusses massive innovation throughout the building process that is required to transform buildings and urban habitat to truly resilient and sustainable performance as keynote speaker of this year’s ACAW event.

Video:

ACAW 2021 – Fabricator Panel Discussion

Presenters:

  • Michael Mulhern
  • Roberto Bicchiarelli
  • John Krouse
  • Andrew Pries
  • John Neary

Description:

Leading a discussion about collaboration and design assist programs, Fabricator experts gather to present their experience with terra cotta but also their expertise in the industry.

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ACAW 2021 – Facade Engineer Panel Discussion

Presenters:

  • Erik Verboon
  • Brett Laureys
  • Erik Farrington
  • Jean Gu
  • David Bott
  • Andre Parnther
  • Kais Al-Rawi

Description:

Industry experts gather to explore and discuss engineer and consultant perspectives when constructing with terra cotta.  Each participant brings to the table a unique and esteemed background sharing inside knowledge that generate interesting ideas and questions.

Video:

ACAW 2021 Closing

Presenters:

  • John Krouse
  • Andrew Pries
  • Omar Khan
  • Mitch Bring
  • Andy Brayman

Description:

ACAW closes with hearing from the coordinators of the event, emphasizing the collaborative nature this workshop requires.  This year was wildly successful given that each team brought a professional, focused, and genuine curiosity about terra cotta to the table.  It was a privilege to have worked with each of you.  Thank you.

ACAW 2020 Presentation Videos

Video:

Comparisons of Carbon Footprint, Environmental Impact, and Heat Storage – ACAWorkshop 2020

Presenters:

  • William M. Carty, Ph.D.

Description:

William M. Carty, Ph.D., gives a presentation on the Comparisons of Carbon Footprint, Environmental Impact, and Heat Storage at the virtual ACAWorkshop 2020.

Video:

Evolving Cladding Strategies & Unitization – ACAWorkshop 2020

Presenters:

  • Erik Verboon, Director of Enclosure Engineering at Walter P. Moore
  • Roberto Bicchiarelli, Business Development Manager / Lead Concept Designer at Permasteelisa North America

Description:

Erik Verboon, Director of Enclosure Engineering at Walter P. Moore gives a presentation on Evolving Cladding Strategies. Roberto Bicchiarelli, Business Development Manager / Lead Concept Designer at Permasteelisa North America presents on Unitization.

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Specialty Louvers: 688 Broadway & Expanding the World of Architectural Glazes – ACAWorkshop 2020

Presenters:

  • John Krouse, CEO of Boston Valley Terra Cotta
  • Andy Brayman, Owner of The Matter Factory and Glaze Research and Development Specialist for Boston Valley Terra Cotta

Description:

John Krouse, CEO of Boston Valley Terra Cotta presents on the specialty louvers Boston Valley created for 688 Broadway. Andy Brayman, Owner of The Matter Factory and Glaze Research and Development Specialist for Boston Valley Terra Cotta, discusses architectural ceramic glazes.

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Laura Garófalo, Johnathan Hopp, Timothy Noble, and Team Haptek present their Academic Research

Presenters:

  • Laura Garófalo-Khan, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo, School of Architecture
  • Johnathan Hopp, Assistant Professor, Alfred University, Ceramic Art
  • Timothy Noble, Student Assistant, MArch, SUNY Buffalo
  • Linda Zhang, Assistant Professor, Ryerson University School of Interior Design + Fellow, Creative Technology Lab—Architect
  • Jonathon Anderson, Associate Professor, Ryerson University School of Design—Director, Creative Technology Lab
  • Errol Willett, Associate Professor, Syracuse University School of Art (ceramics)—Artist
  • Clare Olsen, Associate Professor, Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design—Architect
  • Naomi Frangos, Visiting Associate Professor, Cornell University, AAP, Department of Architecture—Architect

Description:

Laura Garófalo-Khan, Associate Professor, SUNY Buffalo, School of Architecture, Johnathan Hopp, Assistant Professor, Alfred University, Ceramic Art, and Timothy Noble, Student Assistant, MArch, SUNY Buffalo presented their academic research, “Plain as Paper: Scripted Variable Low Mass Recyclable Slip-Casting Molds for Architectural Ceramics.”

Team Haptek presents their academic research titled, “Beyond the Surface: The Behavior of Digital Ceramics.”

Video:

Handel Architects, Perkins and Will, and PLP Architects present their Slip Cast Façades research

Presenters:

  • Handel Architects’ Associates, Paul Lenke, Jonathan Morefield, and Stefan Di Leo
  • Perkins & Will designers, Angelica Paleczny, Juliette Zidek, Ted Hogan, and Mario Romero
  • PLP Architecture Partners, Daniel Moore and Wayne McKiernan teamed up with Ceramic Artist, Christine Jetten

Description:

Handel Architects’ Associates, Paul Lenke, Jonathan Morefield, and Stefan Di Leo, wanted to get involved in ACAW2020 to advance the sustainability aspects of the material. They looked at a one, two and three-way tensile structure to make a façade system that reduces the connections to the building, by limited the number of custom components.

Perkins & Will designers, Angelica Paleczny, Juliette Zidek, Ted Hogan, and Mario Romero were inspired by the history and relationship of terra cotta and water. Their team framed their design based on the question, “what are the limits to controlling water flow on a vertical façade system?” Their research delved further into learning how a terra cotta façade system can accept, control, harvest, and recycle rainwater.

PLP Architecture Partners, Daniel Moore and Wayne McKiernan teamed up with Ceramic Artist, Christine Jetten to research the question, “how do we take best advantage of a special glaze?” Their findings were that a special glaze can play off the reflectivity of light. To do so, they researched ways to physically move tiles on the façade of a building.

Video:

Slip Cast/Extrusion Surfaces and Structures, presented by KPF, LMN, & Studio Gang – ACAWorkshop 2020

Presenters:

  • KPF teammates, Marianne Kwok, Darina Zlateva, Chuqi Liu, Gustav Fagerstrom, and Asli Oney
  • LMN Architects, Alex Woodhouse, Plamena Milusheva, and Evgeniya Plotnikova worked with Walter P. Moore, and students from the University at Buffalo
  • Studio Gang Project Leader, Maciej Kaczynski, and Designer Director, Claire Cahan

Description:

KPF teammates, Marianne Kwok, Darina Zlateva, Chuqi Liu, Gustav Fagerstrom, and Asli Oney joined the AIA and RIBA initiative to develop the capabilities to design and deliver carbon neutral buildings by 2030. In support of this, their research involved the investigation of terra cotta and the lifecycle of the material when paired with mass timber.

LMN Architects, Alex Woodhouse, Plamena Milusheva, and Evgeniya Plotnikova worked with Walter P. Moore, and students from the University at Buffalo to develop new ideas of slip cast and rethinking the extrusion process. The team decided to further their research in the slip cast forming method to develop free standing ceramic modules.

Studio Gang Project Leader, Maciej Kaczynski, and Designer Director, Claire Cahan, presented on behalf of their larger team. The team was particularly interested in researching old techniques of how terra cotta was used structurally on arches and how that can be conveyed in construction today. The team also researched reduced energy costs in using and producing terra cotta.

Video:

Architect firms, Pelli Clarke Pelli, Studios, Smith and Gill, and SOM present on Extrusion Façades

Presenters:

  • James von Klemperer, President and Design Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Description:

PCP teammates, Pedja Bilinac, Zhe Huang, and Craig Copeland teamed up with Studios Architecture and Walter P. Moore to continue their research from last year’s workshop on reimagining the extrusion. Their focus this year was to work and intervene with the material in the wet state, while using robotics to manipulate the shape of terra cotta fins.

PCP teammates, Pedja Bilinac, Zhe Huang, and Craig Copeland teamed up with Studios Architecture and Walter P. Moore to continue their research from last year’s workshop on reimagining the extrusion. Their focus this year was to work and intervene with the material in the wet state, while using robotics to manipulate the shape of terra cotta fins. Presenters Anthony Viola, Hiram Rodriguez, Charles Portelli, and Thornton Tomasetti from Adrian Smith + Gorgon Gill focused their investigation for ACAW 2020 on how to augment terra cotta to meet the high-level performance criteria of exterior façade applications. Their vision fostered the idea of embedding or augmenting materials and processes to sustainably reduce embodied carbon, increase performance, and embed technology into the design of a polyvalent terra cotta cladding system.

SOM Associates, Amy Garlock, Eric Pasche, and Rami Abou-Khalil presented on their findings of incorporating more historical ornamentation and design details into their work at the firm. Their research involved looking at new ways to celebrate the extrusion profile using Boston Valley’s 5 axis wire cutter.

Video:

Lessons Learned, Opportunities Ahead, and Closing Remarks – ACAWorkshop 2020

Presenters:

  • ACAW 2020 Teams
  • Boston Valley Terra Cotta
  • Matter Factory

Description:

The ACAW 2020 Teams, Boston Valley Terra Cotta, and The Matter Factory answer questions from the workshop, new opportunities on the rise, and lessons learned throughout the year of research and innovation.

Presentation Documents

2021 Presentations

Title
Team HOK/TriPyramid, Permasteelisa North America & Josef Gartner Presentation
2021 Presentations September 16, 2021 PDF
Team Goody Clancy/Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH) Presentation
2021 Presentations September 16, 2021 PDF
Team University at Buffalo and Alfred University Presentation
2021 Presentations September 16, 2021 PDF
Team Architecture Research Office (ARO)/Heintges Presentation
2021 Presentations September 16, 2021 PDF
Team COOKFOX Architects and Buro Happold Presentation
2021 Presentations September 16, 2021 PDF
Team Studio Gang / Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. Presentation
2021 Presentations September 16, 2021 PDF
Team Tod William Billie Tsien Architects | Partners/Walter P. Moore and Associates, Inc. Presentation
2021 Presentations September 16, 2021 PDF

2019 Presentations

Title
Team University at Buffalo Presentation
2019 Presentations October 4, 2019 PDF
Team Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Presentation
2019 Presentations October 4, 2019 PDF
Team SHoP Architects Presentation
2019 Presentations October 4, 2019 PDF
Team Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects & Studios Architecture (Studios) Presentation
2019 Presentations October 4, 2019 PDF
Team Payette Presentation
2019 Presentations October 4, 2019 PDF
Team Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) Presentation
2019 Presentations October 4, 2019 PDF
Team HKS & Studio NYL Presentation
2019 Presentations October 4, 2019 PDF
Team Alfred Presentation
2019 Presentations October 4, 2019 PDF

2017 Presentations

Title
Team AECOM Presentation
2017 Presentations April 19, 2019 PDF
Team Morphosis Presentation
2017 Presentations April 19, 2019 PDF
Team Walter P Moore Presentation
2017 Presentations April 19, 2019 PDF

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