AIA Central PA Lecture Series
DIGSAU Defines “Boondoggles” | 2016 Fall Lecture Series
By Rebecca Slenker, AIA
The 2016 AIA Central PA lecture series culminated at the Pennsylvania State Museum with DIGSAU, a successful decade old firm based in Philadelphia. Partners Mark Sanderson and Jeff Goldstein joined our chapter to speak about the evolutionary process of their work and the thread of continuity between all projects, large and small, including their recent AIA PA Silver Medal Award winning building, “Bigham Leatherberry Wise Place”.
Mark and Jeff began by discussing project types that they entitled “boondoggles”. These tiny design competitions, installations, pro-bono work, and smaller projects were not done to build the firm financially, but were instead viewed as opportunities for growth and exploration. They demonstrated how the time and effort spent was not wasted, but connected with and informed the firm’s larger projects. Mark and Jeff expressed the belief that the success of the larger projects was possible solely because of the very processes and techniques that were developed with the boondoggles. The firm gleaned from these projects a willingness to experiment with unconventional materials, to reveal their nature in new and interesting ways, to approach the building process inclusively (especially with the tradesmen), and most of all to have fun along the way. In the question and answer segment Mark and Jeff addressed their approach to working drawings and the focus on efficiency, paying close attention to the areas that count while giving leeway to the contractor regarding more generic conditions. The partners also noted their conscious choice to allow larger more profitable projects to help fund the boondoggles – emphasizing the value added.
It was apparent by their presentation, that thoughtful creativity and respect for the craft are of utmost importance to their partnership and that no matter the scale, budget, or profile of the project, the process of good design is never sacrificed.
Thank you to the following 2016 Fall Lecture Series sponsors for making this event possible:
Alderson Engineering, Inc
Armstrong World Industries
Keith Bush Associates
Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects
Modernfold of Reading
Reese Engineering, Inc
Tradewood Windows & Doors
Whitney Baily Cox & Magnani, LLC
Jonathan Segal, FAIA SPRING 2016
Segal’s firm and development company have been responsible for the design and development of over 300 urban residential, mixed use, and live/work construction projects, winning numerous accolades including 6 AIA National Honor awards.
Segal spoke at Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, PA about his “Architect as Developer” process and how it allows the architect to gain control of projects, thus helping to create better environments and communities as well as giving the architect better financial and creative satisfaction.
David Jameson FALL 2015
The Fall 2015 AIA Central Pennsylvania Lecture Series took place Thursday, November 19th in York with a presentation by Washington DC based Architect David Jameson at the offices of LSC Design.
David Jameson Architect Inc. has been awarded by the AIA locally and nationally and has been recognized by numerous publications for their commitment to design excellence. A desire to “build super-compelling buildings for the ages” has earned David Jameson a spot among premier residential architects. The March /April 2013 Residential Architect cover story was an appropriate celebration of the firms work. The article states that David “loves confounding people’s expectations of the stereotypical black-turtleneck-wearing, square bespectacled architect”
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Michel Rojkind: “Overstimulation” – Rojkind Arquitectos – Spring 2013
Florian Idenburg: “To be Determined” – SO-IL – Fall 2013
Katsuhiro Yamazaki: “Path to practice” – atelier TAG – Spring 2012
Audrey Matlock, AIA: “Here There and Everywhere” – Fall 2012
Sebastian Schmaling, AIA: “Restraining Order” – Johnsen Schmalling Architects – Spring 2011
Winka Dubbledam: “Fragmentation as Optimization” – Archi-Tectnoics – Fall 2011
Paul Lewis, AIA: “Opportunistic Architecture” – LTL Architects – Fall 2012
Craig Dyekers, AIA: “SnØhetta Works” – SnØhetta – Spring 2010
Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA: “Works + Humanitarian Activities” – Shigeru Ban Architects – Spring 2009
Julie Eizenberg, AIA: “relationships” – Koning Eizenberg Architects – Fall 2009
Tina Manis, AIA: “4 questions” – Tina Manis Associates – Spring 2008
Toshiko Mori, FAIA: “works + projects” – Toshiko Mori Architects – Fall 2008
Victoria Meyers, AIA: “Framing Nature” – Hanrahan Meyers Architects – Spring 2007
John Enright, AIA: “latent context” – Griffen Enright Associates – Fall 2007
Marlon Blackwell, FAIA – Marlon Blackwell Architects – 2006