Setting up the Architects practice, Quercus Rural Building Design in 2002, in the Scottish Borders, Peter Caunt has become involved in building his own designs and those of others. With themes of energy efficiency and use of natural and locally sourced materials. He has worked in many techniques including timber frame, oak post and beam, ICF, SIPS, hemp lime and straw bale. Mostly for domestic construction projects extending into hut designs for the movement that is reviving hut culture in Scotland.
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BY CALLUM DOWIE
@ VOL 17
ON FEB 20, 2010
"It's somewhat unheard of at architecture school. Most people build models or make drawings...I built a complete building."
In Tramping Huts at PechaKucha Night Auckland Vol. 17, Callum Dowie shares how he brought his own unique structures into fruition, shying away from the standard models used by ordinary architecture students.
This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 17th, 2017.
The Importance of Huts
BY EUAN GRAY
@ VOL 2
ON FEB 28, 2012
Huts are no longer nostalgic relics of the past. Euan Gray shows us how huts are not only important as a shelter from the harshness of mother nature, but how they've become fully-functional contemporary works of archtecture.
"Presentation of the Day" on October 5, 2013.
The World's Tallest Twisted Building
Jo Palma discusses the ideas and plan behind the twsited building in Dubai. Initiated by a Chicago team, the building was created with passive sustainable methods as well as created with long term economic value. As of now, it is the tallest, twisting building in the world and it all started in Chicago.
"Presentation of the Day" on April 29, 2014.
Building Kids up by Building with Kids
BY MARK MORENO
@ VOL 8
ON MAR 23, 2017
“The most important architectural lessons I teach can be traced back to my family, and to the family restaurant.”
In “Building with Kids to Build Kids Up,” from Pecha Kucha night Saint Joseph/Benton Harbor, vol. 8, Associate Professor at Andrews University, Mark Moreno explains the Renaissance Kids Architecture Camp, how it came to be, and what he wants to be when he grows up.” He founded and runs the camp at Andrews’ School of Architecture and Interior Design.
Sophia Grant, Skills Development Scotland
BY SOPHIA GRANT
@ VOL 35
ON OCT 25, 2018
Over the last two years Sophia Grant has been working in the Service Design and Innovation Directorate at Skills Development Scotland to define the skills that Scotland’s people will need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution, and to consider how these skills will be embedded in SDS’s apprenticeship qualifications. Before arriving in Scotland, Sophia worked for the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs where she applied human-centred design to transform public services relating to passports, citizenship and births, deaths and marriages.
Housing 2.0: A Sustainable, Habitable Future
BY CHRIS MORGAN
@ VOL 36
ON APR 17, 2019
Chris Morgan is an architect and a Director at John Gilbert Architects with over 25 years’ experience in ecological design and sustainable development. He has maintained a range of experience from masterplanning and energy infrastructure, through to award-winning and innovative architecture, research and teaching. Previously a Chair of the Scottish Ecological Design, Chris is one of only four architects with advanced sustainable architecture accreditation from the RIAS. He is a design review panellist for Architecture + Design Scotland and has certification in Passivhaus design, building biology and permaculture.
johngilbert.co.uk / @johngilbertarch
Self Build in Glasgow
BY ANGELA DORAN
@ VOL 36
ON APR 17, 2019
Upon completing her first Self-build in 2002, Angela Doran became a committed advocate of self-provided housing models. She wholeheartedly believes that Custom and Self-build should be options available to all, regardless of wealth or social status.
As well as completing further individual projects while running a small development company, she has worked for several years as a consultant to Self-build groups and local government. She specialises in building connections between communities and agencies, such as regeneration companies, planning departments, local authorities and housing professionals, ensuring that the needs of each are met equitably. Currently, Angela is leading Glasgow City Council’s pioneering Self-build project in Maryhill, while continuing to provide help and support to various groups across Scotland through her work as a director of Assemble Collective Self-build. She is also the Scottish Rep for NaCSBA.
Rethinking the way we do development with permaculture
BY JAMES NEWTON
@ VOL 19
ON JUL 31, 2019
James Newton explores what happens when we start to use ethics and sustainable design principles when we think about the neighborhoods and communities that we build.