Returning to a Common Sense Architecture

Sep 27 2013


This day long workshop will explore the relevance of vernacular architecture in the creation of contemporary built environments.  The primary focus will be looking back at past examples of architecture before the incorporation of mechanical systems as a mechanism to design buildings for the future. Participants will learn how to integrate passive design and multi-use components into simple and affordable structures.

The workshop will provide case studies of modern works that use common sense techniques of the past, including projects within western North Carolina.  As a culminating activity, attendees will also participate in a short design charrette of a hypothetical project to reinforce the principles discussed.

Cost: $250   (lunch included)
Students in UNC system cost: $200
Location: Appalachian State University Campus, College of Education Building - Room 127, park at College Street Parking Deck
Time: 9:00am-4:30pm

Continuing Education Credits Offered: 7 LU|HSW
All attendees will receive a Certificate of Completion


Chad Everhart, AIA

Chad Everhart is a Professor and the Program Director of the Building Science program in the Department of Technology and Environmental Design at Appalachian State University. Everhart has been a faculty leader on the award-winning Solar Homestead project at the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon and the ASU E3 House.

He is the principal of Chad Everhart Architect, a small progressive architecture firm in Boone, NC. His philosophy is to create a contextual architecture, one that merges with the physical and cultural landscape unique to each project. 

See a writeup of Chad Everhart in Dwell magazine here.


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