Friday, January 15, 2010

Design Build Studio Book Submissions

Subsequent to his first design-build book, Learning by Building, Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1997, Southern Polytechnic State University professor, Dr. William Carpenter, FAIA, PhD, is releasing Design Build Studio, Lightroom, Inc, 2010. This compendium of the design-build field investigates the current state and the implications for the future of this ever-growing presence in Architecture, professionally and in academia. The book is comprised of case studies of Architecture schools with design-build programs and a collection of essays from renowned design-build architects and theorists.

Chosen entries will be featured in Design Build Studio, Lightroom, Inc, 2010. Download and fill out the submission forms below and attach the documents with your entire submission.

Mail submissions must be post marked by March 1, 2010 and addressed to:

Dr. William Carpenter
115b North McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030

Electronic submissions must be submitted via basecamp ftp. For more information email:

Azmara Asefa

March 1, 2010

For questions, contact Dr. William Carpenter, FAIA, PhD at:


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Throughout the history of architecture, architects have transformed abstract ideas into tangible, built and meaningful reality. In these buildings of the past, an inseparable unity of design and construction processes existed. Today, however, a complex and segmented process nearly separates the architect from the builder. In recent years, design-build has swept through the building industry as a delivery method offering faster and more cost-effective buildings. These buildings, for the most part, have lost the connection to design that once existed in buildings of the past. These buildings tend to emphasize cost savings and efficiency over design process and rigour. This study is a wake up call to academia and industry to again see the connection between design and workmanship in architectural education.

Architectural education, especially in North America, has mirrored this segmented process existing in architectural practice. It is very rare for architecture students to actually build something they design. In some cases, such as at the Dessau Bauhaus, students were encouraged to build in order to learn and pursue design intentions. This was Walter Gropius' intention as he set up the school as an anti-thesis to the Ecole des Beaux Arts educational system.

Friday, February 24, 2006



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Wednesday, December 28, 2005


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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Design Build Studio in practice

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2006 Design Build Studio Award

The Design Build Studio Award for Excellence in Architectural Education is awarded to an individual or school, who has shown exemplary vision in incorporating design build into American architectural education.


Any colleague, student, or former student may nominate candidates for the Design Build Studio Award. Full time faculty in NAAB accredited schools are eligible.


• The candidate shall have evidenced great depth and success with student projects.
• The candidate shall have evidenced great breadth, having incorporating Design Build in creative ways.
• The candidate shall be a person whose activities have consistently directed themselves toward the future as well as the past.
• The candidate shall have evidenced the ability to transcend specific areas of expertise or shall have made connections between areas.


All exhibits must be submitted in an AIA uniform binder, obtained by contacting the AIA DBKC, (202) 626-7300 or

Each submission shall contain the following information:

• A nomination letter by the sponsor not to exceed one page
• A biography of the candidate not to exceed two pages
• A statement of contributions not to exceed four pages
• A roster of distinguished students
• Supporting material (e.g., clippings, articles, etc.) relating to the purpose of the award not to exceed ten pages
• A maximum of 5 letters of support by those who know the quality of the nominee's products--by those who also taught, by those who practiced architecture, and by those who perhaps did neither; letters should be explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons for support. Letters must not exceed one page.

Year Awarded: 2006
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2006
Award Category: DesignBuild Education (awarded at the AIA National Los Angeles Convention)


1735 New York Avenue
Washington DC 20006

Sponsoring Organization:
American Institute of Architects
Design Build Knowledge Community

Friday, September 02, 2005

The Big Dig

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Steve Badanes continues outstanding DBS at the University of Washington

The design / build studio is made possible by Howard S. Wright (1927-96), who endowed the Howard S. Wright chair in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Howard S. Wright graduated from the University of Washington in 1951 with a BA in Business Administration. After working in the family construction business, he founded Wright Runstad & Co. with Jon Runstad. Howard S. Wright built the Space Needle, the Seattle Art Museum, the Monorail, and many other Puget Sound area landmarks.

Wright's civic and charitable involvement were numerous and included the Seattle Foundation, the University of Washington, PONCHO, Seattle Opera Association, and the Seattle Arts Commission. The Seattle Times has said that "Howard was a man of very solid values and unquestionable integrity and had a vision and astuteness as a businessman. He was a wonderful human being and had a great enthusiasm." The community service projects constructed by the HSW design / build studio at UW continue Howard S. Wright's rich legacy in Seattle.

Steve Badanes
Steve attended Wesleyan University for undergraduate studies and Princeton University, where he received a master's degree in architecture. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, as well as a Fellowship from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He has conducted design / build workshops at the University of Technology in Helsinki, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, the University of Miami, Ball State University, the University of California San Diego, and Florida A&M University.

As a practicing architect, his commissions have included private homes, artist's studios, and the winning entry, "The Fremont Troll" in the Hall of Giants 1990 Competition at Seattle, Washington. Steve is a founder of Jersey Devil, an architectural firm perpetuating the tradition of medieval craftsmen. The firm is comprised of skilled craftsmen, architects, inventors, and artists "committed to the interdependence of building and design." Jersey Devil architect / builders live on-site during construction of their designs, which are known for energy efficiency and innovative use of materials. Steve has lectured on Jersey Devil work in 46 states and 10 countries. The work has been profiled in Devil's Workshop - 25 years of Jersey Devil Architecture published by Princeton Architectural Press.

As the HSW Chair at UW, he leads community based student design / build projects in Seattle and co-founded the Mexico design/build program with UW professor Sergio Palleroni. During the summer he teaches at the Yestermorrow design/build school in Vermont and has worked in Africa with Miami University Dept. of Architecture.

Damon Smith Damon co-teaches the HSW studio. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington. Damon is a partner in SHED, a local Seattle design / build collaborative. SHED recently completed the design and construction of the Market Heritage Museum at Pike Place Market.

Its all about design

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Studio 804 is a design/build program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design that provides a broad range of architectural services, typically resulting in a new residence. This studio is the final experience for 3rd year graduate students seeking a professional masters degree, although on occasion it does include graduating bachelors of Architecture students. During this final exercise, the students collaborate to bring a housing design to fruition that provides architectural solutions with an emphasis on affordable homes.

Studio 804 provides an architectural opportunity exploring concepts and issues that as professionals we will be facing in the immediate future. The primary focus of this exploration imbues the educational experience as a means to provide affordable housing opportunities within the Lawrence and surrounding communities, while challenging the status quo of architecture.

The typical house construction period is compressed into a five month session that sees the students covering every aspect of a Design/Build practice. With the exception of the licensed trades (electric, plumbing and heating/air conditioning), every aspect of design and construction is carried out by the students. The result of this intense 5 month period provides the community with an affordable house while furthering the students’ knowledge and experience in applicable professional architectural and building practices.