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The Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN®) Knowledge Community develops knowledge and information to benefit architects who are engaged in, or who are interested in learning more about, custom residential practice. CRAN® presents information and facilitates the exchange of knowledge and expertise to promote the professional development of its members via discussion forums, national symposia and conventions, publications, and local activities.

  • 1.  DesignBuildBLUFF (1 LU/RIBA)

    Posted 12-09-2020 06:06 PM


    December 16, 2020

    1-2:30pm Eastern

    LU/RIBA:  1 | $25 Member / $40 Nonmember

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    DesignBuildBLUFF is a graduate architecture program at the University of Utah focused on immersing students in hands-on cross-cultural experiences. We work in partnership with the Rural and Native communities of San Juan County in the Utah Four Corners.  

    At the conclusion of each seminar, there will be a 30-minute discussion with Platinum Sponsor Andersen Windows & Doors about how they are implementing COVID-19 safety, sustainability, and social justice. This discussion does not include AIAU learning units. 

    1. Participants will learn about the region's largest social problems, the impact of COVID-19, and how the field of architecture can be part of the solution.
    1. Participants will examine the significance of hands-on learning education to strengthen their own architectural practice.
    1. Participants will explore the concept of sweat equity as a tool for homeowner empowerment and capacity building. The concept of "sweat equity" is one in which the client uses their own labor, rather than cash, as a form of contribution in the building process.
    1. Participants will learn how to build affordable, sustainable, and culturally appropriate housing through a participatory design process, flexible housing prototype, and construction methods.
    1. Larger objective learning unit categories that will be covered: Pre-design, Design, Materials and Methods, Environmental, Sustainability

    Primary Speaker:  Hiroko Yamamoto, Instructor, DesignBuildBLUFF, The University of Utah

    Student Builders: Angelica Fierro, Alejandra Castillo. Janie Lundgreen, Logan Prete, Perry Martin, Sharon Rivas, and Molly Schmidt

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    Susan Parrish
    Director, Knowledge Communities
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC
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