Event CRAN Tour - SOLD OUT - Crafting Architecture with [IN]VISIBLE Site Constraints

April 5, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

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photo courtesy of Matt Fajkus Architecture




Crafting Architecture with [IN]VISIBLE Site Constraints

Join Matt Fajkus, AIA and Sarah Johnson, AIA of Matt Fajkus Architecture for this CRAN presentation and tour of a Balcones residential project.

Site constraints are often a valuable part of the design process, interjecting richness and meaning in ways that feel real and necessary for a project to exist within its unique context. The design process for the Descendant House project had to factor in many site constraints that were both visible, and invisible. These constrains include; navigating historical context of the original mid-century modern home that was deemed unsalvageable due to extreme site conditions; addressing extreme site conditions, such as the Erosion Hazard Zone and deep site cuts, in order to construct a new home that would not be subject to the same distress over time; and utilizing a sloping site to provide private zones for a multi-generational family.

Learning Objectives:
As a result of attending this course, attendees will be able to:
1. Navigate the Historic Landmark Commission process, including how to help your clients weigh the factors of saving/demolishing a historic structures and how to address historic structures when they cannot be salvaged
2. Navigate the requirements of a lot subject to an Erosion Hazard Zone.
3. Understand how to design/manage retaining walls on a steep site without subjecting yourself to the Site Plan Exemption process.
4. Understand design strategies that take advantage of steep, complex lots (cantilevering over the site, anchoring into the site and stepping with the site).


Please purchase tickets for CEU credit above
Members: $5
NonMembers: $20

Exact address will be provided upon registration.
Parking will be limited along Balcones Drive. For the safety of all attendees and respect to neighboring properties, please plan to carpool with your associates.
Lunch will be generously provided by Soledad Builders, Architectural Impressions, and Austin Iron.

CRAN is a resource for those that practice residential architecture. Special programs and continuing education are provided at each meeting. Our meetings and events are open to everyone, and we invite you to become more involved with CRAN.

2018 Chair: Morgan Slusarek, Assoc. AIA
2018 Chair-Elect: Jena Hammond

Meeting: 1st Thursday of each month at 11:30am