BC Wood was pleased to coordinate Industry support for UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Design-Build class. The class provides an opportunity for BC’s future architects to learn first-hand the skills of building and designing in wood – these same skills that we hope they will carry through into their working lives. Michael Green, very well-known to many of you for his innovative ideas in design and construction and a champion for the use of wood in both, is the class’s lecturer and hands-on instructor. Michael provides us with an update on the progress the class has made to date:
“We have entered month two of UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture Design-Build class. Twenty undergrad and Masters-level students have spent the last 6 weeks designing four fruit stand projects that they now have begun to build in the Okanagan. The projects each have a client and a unique site that focuses on orchards and fruit stands. Teams of 5 students have tackled each project by trying to find the story behind their client and their needs while learning how to design and actually build with wood. The hands-on opportunity to build is very important for design students and a unique opportunity for students to develop a comfort and love for wood.
The students are presently camping for the last two weeks of June in an orchard and building each day. By Canada Day weekend, they will have completed their projects in time for a UBC writing class to visit and write about what the class and the projects have each accomplished. Our goal will be to summarize the class with a book in the fall.
This is the beginning of an annual UBC class that I will teach. I believe It is important to teach design in a real world context and important to develop an interest in wood at an early stage of a designers life. In the upcoming months we will post the finished projects and our thanks to Brian Hawrysh and BC Wood and to the companies that generously donated the materials to make the class possible.”