Open your windows and let that fresh air in!

by Laurie Canup

For projects located in moderate climates that are striving to meet aggressive energy reduction goals, natural ventilation is a must. But implementing natural ventilation will introduce potentially humid air to interior spaces, which can be problematic. At Scripps Institute of Oceanography’s new MESOM laboratory project, offices and workspaces utilize operable windows to meet their primary ventilation requirements, leaving only the internally located laboratories requiring mechanical ventilation. To facilitate cross ventilation, we organized the building into a narrow bar and provided ample operable windows and large doors which open onto exterior work areas. The scientists at MESOM often work between their exterior work yard and their interior labs to prepare scientific instruments which go out to sea. Large open doors facilitate their workflow and allow breezes into the building.

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National Issues for an Evolving Architecture Profession

by Stefee Knudsen

Through my involvement as President-Elect of the Portland chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), I had the opportunity to attend the annual Grassroots Leadership Conference in March, and attended several presentations on the changing climate for the architecture profession.

The AIA was founded in 1857 – a very different time than the fast, complex, technology-driven and interconnected world of today. Who could have imagined how drastically the world would change in the next 150 years? The AIA’s original mission has remained the same:  to “promote the scientific and practical perfection of its members” and “elevate the standing of the profession.” However, the changing needs of the profession, our practice, and our challenges necessitate some profound changes to our professional association, if it is to remain relevant and valuable to its members.

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