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CELANI, Gabriela. Façades | Construction detailing in contemporary architecture (part 1). Interview with Marc Simmons. Entrevista, São Paulo, year 19, n. 076.01, Vitruvius, <>.

During my sabbatical semester at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT from March to June 2018, I followed a new Technology course from the Master of Architecture – MArch, offered in the 4th semester of a this 3-year professional program. The course was titled Architectural Assemblies, and was taught by architects Marc Simmons (1) and John Klein (2). Its syllabus (3) makes clear its intentionality, presenting a photo of a car completely dismantled, with all the pieces scattered on the floor. The building is understood here as a product to be assembled from industrialized components, and consequently with the quality of design and production that we find in the automobile industry. At the end of the semester, I interviewed both instructors, to find out what kind of training and work experience leads an architect to be so detail-oriented. This part of the article presents the interview with Marc Simmons.

Marc Simmons holds a BA in architecture from the University of Waterloo, Canada, a coop school where students spend part of each year in internships. He worked at several offices around the world (Rome, Pescara, Paris, Kioto, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vancouver), with Norman Foster’s office in Hong Kong being the most influential on his work. As a result, it took him 9 years to conclude his degree. He is a founding partner of Front, New York, a façade consulting responsible for detailing and executing façades for renowned offices such as Zaha Hadid, Renzo Piano, Shigeru Ban, SANAA, Snohetta, Herzog & De Meuron, OMA, SHoP, Richard Meier, Gehry & Partners, David Chipperfield, Jean Nouvel, Scoffidio + Renfro, Steven Holl, Asymptote, Tadao Ando, Andrade Morettin and Triptyque, the last two ones in Brazil. Simmons has taught at Columbia, Princeton and Georgia Tech universities before joining MIT


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original: português

outros: english




Fachadas | Detalhamento construtivo na arquitetura contemporânea (parte 1)

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