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The Barry Onouye Distinguished Chair Design Studio
University of Washington

The inaugural Barry Onouye Distinguished Chair Design Studio is well underway. The 2012 Chair is held by Jay Taylor, a Principal with Magnusson Klemencic Associates structural engineers in their Seattle office and a graduate of the UW CBE Architecture Department. Jay is among the worlds most sought after structural engineers and has worked with Frank O. Gehry and Associates, OMA, David Chipperfield and Studio Gang among others. He has also provided UW architecture design studios with valuable design and technical assistance over the years. Jay is joined by UW Associate Professor of Architecture Rick Mohler and they are assisted by Tyler Sprague, a structural engineer and CBE PhD candidate.

The assigned studio project is the new Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood. The building, an actual project currently in the early design and fundraising stages, will leverage Jay’s extensive experience in museum design. The studio seeks to explore both the role of structure in formulating an architectural concept and the collaborative exchange between architect and engineer. Emphasis is being placed on the role structure plays in the realization of one’s architectural intentions and not exclusively on issues of structural expression. The studio includes a field trip to Dallas/Fort Worth, TX, home of several recently and not so recently completed museum designs of note as well as the Wyly Theater, a complex project for which Jay served as lead structural engineer.

The Barry Onouye Distinguished Chair is made possible by a generous gift from Malcolm Goodfellow, a CBE alumnus who was profoundly influenced by the structures classes taught by emeritus faculty member Barry Onouye.

Written by Rick Mohler

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