Mark your calendars for the 2018 Scholarship Awards Ceremony!
Join us at The Club on July 17th from 11:00-1:00 p.m. to honor our 2018 scholarship winners and newly licensed architects. In partnership with the Birmingham Audubon Society, our keynote speaker is Claire Halpin from Studio Gang. Founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Architect Claire Halpin is a Senior Project Leader in Studio Gang’s Chicago office, leading design teams for ecological, cultural, and educational projects. Driven by the complex, interdisciplinary, and spatial problem-solving nature inherent in architecture, design, and planning, Claire is experienced in designing and leading teams with a wide range of disciplines and will be speaking on bird safe design. We hope to see you there!
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Building Habitat (1HSW Pending)
- Using Studio Gang’s body of work as a case study, Claire will help participants recognize how architecture can promote wellbeing for its users while also cultivating a vibrant natural ecosystem of plants and animals, working across climates and typologies.
- Participants will be able to identify specific building components and construction techniques that can improve safety for animals, reducing bird strike through integrated architectural elements described by Claire.
- Participants will gain an understanding of Studio Gang’s design methodology, which prioritizes a beneficial relationship between animals and people. Claire will illustrate the design process for projects including the Ford Calumet Environmental Center, Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, Northerly Island and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College.
- Bird-friendly materials and design features often overlap in function with materials to control heat and light, security measures, and decorative design details. Bird friendly building-design strategies also fall into three general categories, although all three could be combined in a single structure. Participants will learn about these strategies and how they can be applied for a cost-effective and bird-friendly design.