Design/Build Pioneer Steve Badanes Visits GMC

Steve Badanes, one of the pioneers in the national design/build movement, will give a public lecture at the REED Studio on the second floor of the Journal Press Building (188 Main St.) in Poultney at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 3.

Badanes is nationally recognized for designing and building innovative projects—from homes to playgrounds to public sculptures. He is an expert on energy-efficient building techniques and speaks on the social responsibilities of architects and the role of architecture in building communities.

He attended Wesleyan University for undergraduate studies and Princeton University, where he received his master of architecture degree. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, as well as a Fellowship from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). He has conducted design/build workshops all over the country, and collaborated on a Green Mountain College design/build projects involving several GMC students. The group designed and constructed a 40-foot arched bridge placed over a stream on the College’s Deane Nature Preserve in 2012.

“Steve is one of the leading thinkers and practitioners in thoughtful, sustainable building practices,” said Lucas Brown, director of the REED program. “His talk will be an interesting and inspiring experience for our students and for anyone in the local community interested in innovative sustainable design.”

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