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Sustainable Features of Vernacular Design

How did we keep ourselves comfortable before the advent of modern, energy-intensive strategies like air-conditioning? Understanding and utilizing traditional design techniques can go a long way towards thermal comfort, durability, and resilience before being supplemented by modern building systems, materials and detailing.

Henson Architecture’s Senior Associate, Cory Rouillard, will be giving a guest lecture on this topic on Tuesday, September 19 for Françoise Bollack’s course at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

At Henson, Cory promotes technical guidance for the appropriate care of existing buildings to both protect our cultural heritage and meet our carbon mitigation targets. Her lecture will introduce students to our firm, our core values, and will cover diverse strategies in traditional buildings for climate-based design.

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