AIA New York is proud of the members who have been elevated to the College of Fellows and has founded a series of New Fellow Salons so other professionals can learn more about their achievements and firms. Guests to the firm-hosted Salons will have the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at the architecture offices of our Fellows.
Dennis Wedlick, FAIA, will present a history of his firm’s work with Passive House, a type of high-performance architecture, in New York State. He will discuss how his Hudson Passive Project led to the formation of the Rural Build—a design strategy that allows Habitat for Humanity to cost-effectively build affordable Passive Houses in rural communities.
The Rural Build’s high-performance workforce housing strategy assures Habitat for Humanity homebuyers 90 percent less energy for heating and cooling, and lower maintenance costs, property taxes, and insurance premiums, than typical rural housing stock. The low-energy, low-impact 3bd/2bth homes sell for as little as $800/month to qualifying workforce families. The cost of construction per home is remarkably low ($150,000) due to the efficacy of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity and their team of volunteers. The Rural Build demonstrates that a cost-stabilized, affordable housing solution using Passive House techniques is what is needed to sustain the villages and countryside of New York State.
About Dennis Wedlick, FAIA, Principal, BarlisWedlick Architects
Dennis Wedlick’s career began working side-by-side Philip Johnson from 1982 through 1994. His first assignment was to create an archive of Johnson’s residential drawings, which was split between the Museum of Modern Art, Avery Library at Columbia University, and The Glass House. From there, Wedlick divided his time working with Johnson on renovations and additions to the Glass House and commissioned projects, such as One Detroit Center and Celebration Town Hall. Since then, Wedlick built a practice that is best known for his experimentation in forms, materials, and high-performance technologies, through the design of custom residential homes. His most recent work focuses on design strategies to bring high-performance homeownership opportunities to the rural workforce, which is known as the Rural Build.
July 2, Jared Della Valle, FAIA, Alloy
July 17, Joseph Brancato, FAIA, Gensler
August 13, John Gering, FAIA, HLW
September 25, Stephen Cassell, FAIA, Architecture Research Office
October 14, Mary Elizabeth Rusz, FAIA and Bruce Eisenberg, FAIA, NYCHA
November 5, Richard Yancey, FAIA, Building Energy Exchange
November 19, Nicholas Garrison, FAIA, FXCollaborative
December 5, Lyn Rice, FAIA, Rice+Lipka Architects
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