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AIA Seattle Housing Course #aeck-D147: Housing Inspiration: Sawmill House and Karuna House

Presented by: Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin and Vikram Sami, Olson Kundig, and Cory Hawbecker, Holst Architecture

AIA/CES (HSW) Learning Units: 1.0 Hours

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This course generously sponsored by Westeck Windows

Course release date: July, 2018.

This 60-minute course, filmed live at AIA Seattle’s 2018 Housing Forum, includes case studies on two inspirational residential projects.

First, Elizabeth Bianchi Conklin and Vikram Sami of Olson Kundig present the Sawmill House, a net-zero, off-the-grid family retreat embedded in the tough, scrubby landscape in the harsh high desert of California. Sawmill harnesses the challenges and opportunities of its remote site, emphasizing sustainable strategies and reclaimed materials. The design was driven by a scavenger mentality, seeking always to do more with less, including using salvaged and recycled materials whenever possible. Second, Cory Hawbecker of Holst Architecture presents the stunning Karuna House, an ambitious residential project designed to meet a combination of the world’s most demanding green building certifications. Built on a south facing slope overlooking the Willamette Valley’s rich agricultural land, Karuna House is the first MINERGIE-certified building in North America.

This course is presented in high definition video and is available on computers, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices. (Please note: The audio of this one course is not up to the high audio quality in all of our other courses.)


Course Prices: $25 AIA members, $35 non-members (or purchase the series and save 20%

Attended the 2018 Housing Forum and want to view the presentations again? Enter promotional code AIASEATTLE2018 at check out and get 50% off (Your name will be cross-checked against a list of attendees.)

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