Advanced Studio: Reinventing Light Frame Construction

By Rahul Ghera | Dec 06, 2016

What if we remote the sheathing, consider structure in more novel ways, and replace traditional dumb membranes with new smarter materials?

What does this new Light Construction Look like?


This year’s full-scale advanced studio, taught by Jonathan Knowles and Brett Schneider, challenges typical residential wood framing. The goal of the studio is to propose a radical transformation of traditional building envelopes through a series of section and full-scale mock up studies. Our studio split into four teams, specializing in four categories: 1. Mechanical Lamination, 2. Small Piece – Long Span, 3. Light Repetitive Framing, 4. Large Timber Frame. Each team spent one month to design structural, thermal and sheathing elements. Materials graciously supplied by Saint-Gobain.

1. Mechanical Lamination: Robert Calise, Michael Ruffing & Ilana Lowenstein

Roof Assembly

2. Small Piece – Long Span: Sanjana Shiroor, Paola Martines & Por Harnsongkram

Wall Type A

3. Light Repetitive Framing: Amelia Millan, Xichen Que & Rahul Ghera

Wall Type C

4. Large Timber Fame: Ivia Chien, Feiyi Bie & Zhen Meng

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Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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