Thursday, March 11, 2010

Design-Driven Development & Non-Traditional Practice

2010 AIA-SWO President Michael Fifield, AIA, has organized a stellar lineup of speakers this year for our monthly chapter meetings. The February meeting featured an outstanding presentation by Bill Leddy, FAIA, of Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects from San Francisco. Continuing with the theme of “Design Excellence,” Michael has invited Corey Martin and Kevin Cavenaugh of Portland as our March co-presenters. These two young provocateurs will examine non-traditional practice with a specific focus upon design-driven development processes.

Corey Martin
Corey Martin is a partner in PATH Architecture, an award-winning design and development firm based in Portland, Oregon. Corey’s experience ranges from creating visionary development plans that reflect shifting economic and lifestyle trends, to detailing highly crafted homes, furniture, and sculpture. After graduation from the University of Oregon, he worked in the offices of Richard Potestio and Allied Works, leaving to open his own sculpture, furniture and design studio in 1999. He combined forces with his longtime friend and client Benjamin Kaiser to form PATH Architecture in 2005 and explore the potential of a design-driven development process.

Corey will discuss how he strives to connect urban developments with nature, and offer insight into the self-financed development process.

Burnside Rocket, Portland – by FBD Architecture (lead designer: Kevin Cavenaugh, some knucklehead, LLC)
Kevin Cavenaugh
Kevin Cavenaugh studied architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, followed by a 2-year stint building schools and homes for the Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa. He moved to Portland, Oregon in 1993 where he now designs and develops small commercial and residential buildings. He tends to use inexpensive materials and always attains high energy efficiency in his work. His last building, the Burnside Rocket, earned a LEED Platinum rating.

Kevin was a Loeb Fellow in 2007-2008 at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. Currently, he is experimenting with ideas such as lender-free developments, micro housing, and temporary building skin systems.

Kevin’s presentation will focus on:
  • Banks – can't live with 'em, can't . . . wait, maybe we can live without 'em!
  • Micro is the new macro - from housing to restaurants
  • Why do we take our profession so seriously? Or at least our drawing sets . . .
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Don't miss this meeting! It's certain to be another fantastic, design-focused chapter event. The March meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 17, at The Actors Cabaret at 10th & Willamette in downtown Eugene. Here are the details:
  • Social:  5:30 PM
  • Dinner:  6:30 PM
  • Program:  7:00 PM
Dinner, Program Cost, and Learning Units:
  • AIA members:  $18.00
  • Non-AIA members:  $20.00
  • Students & Associate AIA members:  $10.00
  • AIA members & associates from more than 35 miles away from Eugene and Springfield (Corvallis, Coos Bay, Roseburg, etc.):  free
  • Program with recorded credits (w/o Dinner) $5.00
  • 1.0 credits (HSW)
March Program Sponsor:
The March AIA-SWO chapter meeting is, like February's, proudly sponsored by the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC). OTREC supports innovations in sustainable transportation through advanced technology, integration of land use and transportation, and healthy communities. OTREC is a National University Transportation Center created by Congress in 2005 and is a partnership between Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology.

Free Prize Raffle!
Attend the meeting for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate courtesy of The Green Store! Your first raffle ticket is free with paid dinner; additional tickets are $2 each.

Please RSVP by 11:00 AM, Monday, March 15, 2010 by clicking on the link below:


Paul said...

nice design !!! keep going!!!

SFI Program said...

Looks like the March meeting had interesting insights into sustainable building!

For those interested in advancements in green building, take a look at this petition demanding changes to the LEED Rating System, which has received broad support from forestry experts and government officials:

Only 10% of the world’s forests are certified, but the U.S. Green Building Council's oversight doesn’t account for many of these forests, as they only recognize FSC-certified forests in their LEED rating system. However, more than three-quarters of North American certified forests are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), ATFS or CSA. Opening LEED to multiple forest certification systems would increase the amount of North American wood used in green building.