What does it mean to reclaim our built environment in an era when the means of production, methods of delivery, and speed of capital operate on massive, inhuman scales? When the construction workplace is dominated by a culture of flagrant masculinity? When excessive legal and bureaucratic requirements prohibit even the most ardent do-it-yourselfers from picking up a hammer?
The TWO WEEK SHACK class is an opportunity to investigate these questions. We will explore the fundamentals of the design-build process beginning on paper and transitioning to the field. The course will cover hand drafting, program development, collaborative design, and the construction of a shack from the ground up. Together we will redefine our understanding of human-scale architecture, rediscover our ability to imagine new worlds, forage for materials and swing hammers, and ultimately learn how we as people have the agency to make essential built environments for ourselves. Participants are expected to come open minded and ready to create a new environment.
*One full-tuition scholarship is available for this class. If you are interested in a scholarship or work-study position, please see our scholarship & work-study page and email this class’s facilitator here .
Alex Henderson received a Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University in Alabama where he studied and later worked at Auburn’s Rural Studio. He is now a roaming design-builder assembling a Nomadic War Machine- a moving band of builders, educators, makers, dreamers, weavers, philosophers.
Teaching: Rural Studio
Education: Auburn University (BA); Rural Studio
Rob Maddox is a designer and collaborator at Shelter Collective, a multidisciplinary design studio that he founded with his partner Karie Reinertson in Asheville, NC. His interests lie at the intersection of art, architecture and design. In addition to his time designing, Rob spends time with his partner Karie, his pup Ozzie, cat Moons, and or can be found hunting through the detritus of American design culture for bizarre inspiration.
Yestermorrow Design Build School (Home Design Build Class Instructor)
Yestermorrow Design Build School (2010 Internship Program)
Tulane School of Architecture (Master of Architecture 2000-2005)
Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art (2003-2004)