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AIAri Summer Event: Composites in Architecture

Thu July 20, 2017 at 9:00 am - 4:00 am


Please join us for a day-long event exploring the possibilities of composite materials in Architecture.

9:00-9:30AM: Coffee & Registration
9:30-10AM: Welcoming Remarks

10:00-10:50AM: Dirk Kramers

Since 1976, Dirk has developed and implemented cutting edge structures for America’s Cup campaigns; most recently as Chief Engineer for Oracle Team USA’s victorious defense (2013) and as Head of Engineering for Land Rover BAR’s challenge (2017).  Dirk has won the America’s Cup an impressive 6 times.
Dirk’s perspective on high performance structures offers a “sneak peak” of the possibilities for architectural applications.  As designed shapes become more complicated, advanced composites will enable those designs to become reality.

10:55-11:55AM: Introduction to Composites Panel Discussion:

Learn the basics and understand the data associated with using composites.


Eric Goetz, Chief Innovation Officer, Goetz Composites

JP Mouligne, Gurit USA

Nate Fash, AIA, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Roger Williams University

Moderator: Bob Lacovara, Director of Education, IYRS School of Technology & Trades

11:55-12:25PM: Lunch Break

12:30-1:30PM: Case Study: The SURE HOUSE

Speaker: John Nastasi  

{{sure2{{The SURE HOUSE started with a simple question: how can we design a home which both reduces its energy use and adapts to the realities of a changing, more extreme climate. Our answer emerged as a new direction in storm resilient coastal housing. We merged the inherently efficient indoor/outdoor rooms and open floor plan of the quintessential 60’s style modern beach cottage with state of the art building science, the latest renewable energy technologies, and fiber-composite materials repurposed from the boat building industry. The result is a building armored against extreme weather that uses 90% less energy than its conventional cousins, powers itself through clean solar energy, and in the aftermath of a storm becomes a hub for emergency power to the neighborhood… all of this packaged as a comfortable, beautiful beach house.

1:30-1:50PM: Perspective from an Architect

1:50-2PM: Closing remarks
2:00-4:45PM: Tour of Symmetrix Composite Tooling – and Goetz Composites

5PM: Cocktail Hour/LobsterBoil RWU Sailing Center


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Thu July 20, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 am
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