This semester of architecture school I had to take Construction Systems with Pat Rand – it’s the class where you learn all the nit-picky details about how to put a building together. The details are an interesting part of architecture because they are at first glance wholly unrelated to the overall scheme but actually are essential to understanding the tectonic nature of the design.
One of the most prominent things to come out of my experience this semester is a love affair with brick. Yes, I go to NC State where everything (even the ground!) is brick, but now that I have drawn details of brick cavity walls over and over I just find them fascinating from a technical and tactile point of view. Part of this learning experience was a group project to hypothetically design the facade for Mason Association building.
The goal was to Continue reading