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Materials for Design; Analyses of Recent Extraordinary Buildings

March 15, 2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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NC State College of Design
Rotunda, 3rd Floor, Brooks Hall, 50 Pullen Road
Raleigh, NC 27695
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Patrick Rand, FAIA, DPACSA, Distinguished Professor of Architecture, & architecture students


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Material selections are among the most significant decisions an architect makes. An architect’s palette of materials has largely been unchanged for thousands of years, but contemporary practice calls for new insights into the use of materials, and new performance objectives call for new materials and processes. This presentation will show how a design concept can be made tangible with the insightful use of a material.  More than 50 recently completed buildings from around the world will be presented.  Each was analyzed to find how the strengths and weaknesses of the enclosure materials are addressed in the design. This is a unique opportunity to see what makes these innovative buildings tick, and what the next generation of architects is interested in.

By looking at particular projects we find the general principles that drive them. A designer's repertoire will be broadened by this emphasis on technical knowledge and its vivid embodiment in excellent built projects. Resonance is found between the design intentions and the facts of material assemblies. 


  1. Learn how to use existing construction materials in new ways
  2. See and understand how new architectural materials and processes can be applied
  3. Review lessons from recent buildings that match materials with particular climatic or geographic settings
  4. Become familiar with a method to analyze a material or building assembly


Patrick Rand is a Distinguished Professor of Architecture at NC State University. He teaches architectural design studios, architectural construction systems, and seminars regarding architectural detailing, and innovative use of materials.  His focus is on the relationship between design and construction technologies.  He has won more than twenty awards for the quality of his teaching at the college, university and national levels. Patrick Rand is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.

Patrick Rand has co-authored 4 books, including two volumes of Materials for Design, Architectural Detailing: Function Constructibility Aesthetics, and Detailing for Landscape Architects


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