New Summer Course: Proto-Timber Design-Build Studio!

This summer, Professor Greg Ettl will be one of four instructors for a new cross-disciplinary course, Proto-Timber (ARCH 403B/506B), which will explore the nexus of 21st century technology, design and environmental science. The workshop aims to address new architectural, social and environmental potentials of forest resources prolific to the Pacific Northwest, and it involves designing and building a new outdoor education teaching shelter for the Mount Rainier Institute at Pack Forest!

As part of this course, students will get to understand the uses of timber in standard and non-standard construction methods, including the issues relating to forestry, craft and contemporary digital fabrication techniques; the historical evolution and pressures that have shaped timber production and consumption as it exists today; the social and environmental potentials of architectural design as they relate to community empowerment at a variety of scales, from the local to the global; and develop a practical skill competency in the areas of wood design, fabrication and construction.

The course is open to graduate and undergraduate students, and it includes a multi-day site visit to Pack Forest. Register today, or email Glen Stellmacher to learn more!