TH44 - 3 Cities, 3 Architects, 1Project: Digital Age Collaboration

Thursday, November 29 from 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM « Back

Abstract Text:

3 Cities, 3 Architects, 1 project: Design Collaboration in the Digital Age.

Projects are becoming increasingly complex, requiring team of specialists and collaboration among multiple architecture firms. This presentation brings together three architecture firms from three cities for the first mass timber student housing in the United States, Stadium Drive Housing Complex at University of Arkansas.
We will share the collaborative design process that leveraged each firm’s specialty under a singular Design Collective to realize the University’s vision for a live-learn community of students and faculty built with cross laminated timber structure as a model for active learning and sustainable living.

Bridging Boston, Fayetteville, and St. Louis, the Design collective of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio, and Mackey Mitchell Architects led the client team of the University’s facilities management, campus planning, and housing departments through a step by step process that identified the risks and rewards of being the first in the country to implement this new construction type for student housing. Principals from the three firms will share their recipe of aspirational vision, mutual respect, leadership rotation, strategic planning, and use of both analog and digital tools that mitigated risks and achieved consensus among numerous stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

List key factors in contemporary student housing

List benefits of mass timber construction

Describe what defines a live-learn community and its pertinence in today's Universities

Describe tools and strategies for consensus building on prototype projects


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU

Education Tracks: Project Delivery

Event Type: Workshops > Session