Sustainability, the New Form giver
Nov. 8, 2019
Chief Architect addresses American Institute of Architects
Angus Macdonald spoke at Architecture Exchange East 2019 hosted by the AIA in Richmond, VA. on 8 Nov. 2019. His talk is titled Sustainability the New Form Giver. This talk is a discussion of how the design requirements of 3 main sustainability factors can influence building appearance:
Making building construction sustainable through material choice and building design
Designing disaster resistant structures for safety and survival during extreme events: hurricanes, floods, storm surge, wildfire, and earthquakes
Architectural forms for integration of energy conservation and renewable power generation: passive solar, passive geothermal, active ...
earth bermed off grid house 2016
Dec. 30, 2018
Macdonald Architects designed a passive solar mountainside off grid home in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains. The home is constructed of prefabricated Ferrocement. It is 2 1/2 stories high, with a solar clerestory, and ground floor greenhouse front, the length of the home.
Designing for Earthquake, Flood & Hurricane Resistance
Nov. 8, 2018
Angus Macdonald spoke at Architecture Exchange East 2018 hosted by the AIA in Richmond, VA. His talk was titled Designing for Earthquake Flood & Hurricane Resistance. Slides of recent hurricane damage in FL and the Caribbean show that structural failure of buildings begins with the fasteners connecting structural elements and along intersections where materials change. He presented an analysis of how the over-stressing of fasteners and the material around them can occur with the lateral forces of wind and storm surge. He suggested the use of galvanized steel reinforced Ferrocement as a seamless unibody solution to structural failure during ...
Keynote speaker 2017
June 15, 2017
Macdonald was the keynote speaker at the 4th India Ferrocement Society Conference in Kerala India 2017. He also received the Society's Award for Innovation in Ferrocement.
His talk outlined the importance of the use of Ferrocement as an alternate to solid reinforced masonry and concrete, the standard construction type in most of the world. The environmental and life safety advantages of Ferrocement have now become more important in light of climate change and global warming, and of increased storm, flood, and wildfire frequency and severity.
energy conservative church & school using Ferrocement
Dec. 1, 2014
ST. PATRICK EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH DESIGN 2014
Macdonald Architects applied passive geothermal foundation design in this prefabricated Ferrocement church and school building. The project began in 2012 with a design to remodel an existing wood framed farmers' market into a parish church in Opal VA. Just as construction was nearly complete, the building was burnt down by arson. A new church was designed for the same site using fire resistant galvanized steel reinforced Ferrocement.