Henson Intern Dispatch #2

Detailing is an art. How windows are sealed, connectors fastened, railings bent, or corners shaved are elements that make a good building not only stand out but last. The first step in understanding details is to draw them. Through the process of drawing, one starts to understand the relationships between different materials, in what order construction occurs, how buildings get built,...

Make an Impact with the Zero Net Carbon Collaboration (ZNCC)

The Zero Net Carbon Collaboration for Existing and Historic Buildings (ZNCC) is looking for new partners in the fight to reduce the carbon footprint of existing and historic buildings. The ZNCC currently includes organizational representatives and individual members who are working to develop strategies to reach the zero net carbon goals being established by government entities and to reduce the...

Henson Intern Dispatch

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, I have not had the chance to work with people in person. I finished my last year of undergraduate studies mostly in isolation, accompanied by Zoom and my family in Taipei. When Scott told me that the internship would be in person during our call in March, I was extremely grateful...

Proper Mortar Joint Cutting

One of the most basic repairs an architect can specify is masonry repointing- removing the old mortar and adding in new mortar is also one of the most common repairs to be completed incorrectly. Over time, the mortar that bonds masonry together can begin to deteriorate, often crumbling, receding, or developing deep cracks. At this point, it is necessary to begin...