Blog posts from the ARCH Design Lab

Rediscovering Downtown LA’s Grand Dame: The Eastern Columbia Building

The Eastern Columbia Building has been characterized as one of the “grand dames of Art Deco Streamline Moderne” in Los Angeles. Designed by Claud Beelman and completed in 1930, the thirteen-story building is built of steel reinforced concrete.
145 Perry Street, NYC Architecture, Leroy Street Studio, terra cotta brick, terra cotta facade, TerraClad

Terra Cotta Shines in Manhattan’s West Village Residence

Recent updates show sidewalk scaffolding removed, revealing finishing touches still in progress. Work is anticipated to be completed by mid-year.
Elms Hall Revitalization, SUNY Buffalo State Classroom Building, Architectural Resources, Perkins and Will, Terra Cotta Panels, Exterior Envelope, Custom Profiles

Revitalizing Elms Hall: SUNY Buffalo State Classroom Building

To meet evolving needs and to continue to provide a space that fosters academic growth, Elms Hall is undergoing a significant transformation. Phase 1 construction commenced in March 2022, focusing on demolition, abatement, and construction of a new exterior envelope.
ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, HGA Architects

A Cost-Effective Masonry Solution: Terra Cotta Long-Format Brick

Working with Studio NYL, HGA decided to revisit their original Center for Arctic Studies (CAS) cladding concept for the 2023 ACAWorkshop, exploring custom extruded terra cotta baguettes.
ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, HGA Architects

Applications Open for the 2024 Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop

Boston Valley is excited to announce that team applications are now open for ACAW 2024. Celebrating its ninth year, this unique workshop invites professionals from the architectural industry to explore innovative building solutions and further their understanding of architectural terra cotta for large-scale assemblies.
ACAW 2023, ACAWorkshop, Facade Prototype, Ceramic Assembly, Terra Cotta, Pickard Chilton

That’s a Wrap! ACAW 2023 Overview

At ACAW 2023, professional teams explored new depths in the flexibility and functionality of terra cotta as a material for façade design. Several themes emerged from this year’s 10-month-long research workshop, including bioclimatic/biophilic design, transitional space, and structural design.

ACAW 2023: A Discussion with Co-coordinators Mic Patterson & Sanjeev Tankha

At the annual ACAWorkshop, architects, designers, and students collaborate to push the boundaries of architectural terra cotta. We sat down to talk with Mic Patterson and Sanjeev Tankha, two of the event organizers for ACAW 2023 and coordinators of the professional teams.