[with Sylvan Cambier and John Rowell]

The building envelope is the most critical aspect of high-performance design for an architect. It is the interface a building has with its environment, the filter for air, water, sunlight and people.

As a graduate teaching fellow, I was involved in teaching lab sections of the final construction technology course of the architecture degree at the University of Oregon. The course focused on detailing enclosure systems. During my third year teaching, I created a new lab in conjunction with another teaching fellow. The objective was to find a stronger way to teach students how to detail openings in typical wall assemblies, and openings in high-performance rainscreen assemblies.

We worked with Lease Crutcher Lewis to build wood frame and metal frame example wall assemblies that would accept a vinyl flange window and an aluminum storefront window.