School of architecture

School Notes: School of Architecture
January/February 2019

Building project teaches sustainable practices

This year’s Jim Vlock First Year Building Project has provided housing for two New Haven families experiencing homelessness, and instructed students in new techniques for building with sustainable and experimental materials. The two-story and two-unit home, constructed in The Hill neighborhood of New Haven by Yale School of Architecture students, uses cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels as structural walls and floors, replacing the studs and joists more familiar in American home construction. The panels, composed of layers of sustainably harvested wood, also provide acoustic and thermal insulation. This is the second year of a collaboration between the School of Architecture and Columbus House, a New Haven–based homelessness services provider.

AIA Gold Medal

Lord Richard Rogers ’62MArch is the winner of the 2019 AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor given by the American Institute of Architects. This is the second year in a row that a Yale alumnus has won the Gold Medal. Last year’s was awarded to James Stewart Polshek ’55MArch, founder of Polshek Partnership, now Ennead Architects, and former dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

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