Friday, November 5th from 11:30 to 1:00
Location: University of Colorado at Denver , Room 480
1250 14th St ., Denver , CO 80202
Lecture by Rick Sommerfeld on community-based design-build projects including DesignBuildBLUFF.
Rick Sommerfeld is the Associate Chair and Senior Instructor at the University of Colorado 's College of Architecture and Planning. In addition, he leads the College's design / build studio that has long focused on community based design projects. The College and studio has recently partnered with Design Build BLUFF to build a home on the Navajo Reservation in Utah .
Rick holds an M.Arch from the University of Colorado Denver , and a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder . Rick currently teaches architecture courses at the University of Colorado , College of Architecture and Planning, focusing on green design and construction as well as computer design and architectural graphics. He was selected by faculty and students as the college's "Instructor of the Year" for 2003 and again in 2005. He also holds the college's "Outstanding Graduate Award" for 2001 and was the American Institute of Architect's "AIA Master's Candidate Medal Winner" for 2001. Rick was a Faculty Advisor for the CU 2005 National Solar Decathlon team. His student’s “green” fabrication work has been shown at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Within Reach Studio in Boulder . Rick's professional design practice, the3rdspace in Denver , specializes in innovative residential and small commercial design.
UCD Design-Build Program
Over the past three years the design-build program at UCD has been overseen by Rob Pyatt and Rick Sommerfeld, both are graduates of the "Glenn Murcutt International Master Class". The presentation will cover what they learned at the Murcutt Master Class and how that has influenced the design-build projects at UCD.
The Murcutt Master Class is an intensive summer program lead by tutors Glenn Murcutt, Richard Leplastrier, Peter Stutchbury, and Brit Andersen. Every year 30 architects, professors, and graduate students from around the world are selected to participate in design problem that thoroughly considers program in relationship to the context and the Australian landscape. Participants live in residence with the tutors and over the duration of the class design and present their ideas. On weekends, in order to understand architecture at a deeper level, tutors take the participants to projects that they are working on or have completed to explain their design philosophy.
The design-build program at UCD is interested in community-based design problems that allow students to consider the social, environmental and economic impacts of their architecture. Through hands on interactions with clients, and construction students learn to understand the significance their design decisions have in the world. Two of the programs most recent projects are the interior renovation of the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and a $50,000 house for a Navajo family in Bluff, UT.
Cost: Free for members/$20 for nonmembers
Credit: 1.0 HSW/SD
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