Jeffrey Collins, a Ph.D. student affiliated with the Digital Building Lab, was honored recently as an architect and educator at the 2018 Emerging Voices Reception hosted by Young Architects Forum of AIA Atlanta.
He also gave a presentation that questions the typical exteriors of our buildings and the multiple connotations of the term “envelope.”
An exhibit of that presentation will be on display from May 24-June 3 at the Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon NE, Atlanta, GA 30308.
The envelope is an everyday object that is overlooked and passed by. The exhibit takes a look at an important part: the letter that is sealed inside.
A building “envelope” acts in the same way; a complex system of layers that separate the interior from the exterior. Questioning such a separation, the function of the wall, and exploring new techniques of manufacturing, are many of the elements the exhibit analyzes.
The exhibit explores parametric variations emanating from a series of basic steps: (1) a given space, (2) populated with control, (3) define curves, and (4) join to create surfaces.
Exploration of variations of this concept are used as an exercise for teaching parametric modeling; the drawings in this exhibit have been created by Georgia Tech Masters of Architecture students learning visual scripting, techniques of representation, and approaches for surface panelization.
Depictions are arranged in a spectrum, from modest departures of the original diagram to ever more complex propositions, presenting a range of design pathways stemming from a singular script.
Collins has worked with renowned Atlanta-based firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Architecture with a concentration in Design Computation.
Since 2009, Collins has been teaching architecture studio and lecture courses at Georgia Tech, Southern Polytechnic State University, Auburn University, and Kennesaw State University.