AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee Speaker Series w/Dr. Juliana Felkner

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February 19, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Brasil Cafe Houston
2604 Dunlavy
Houston, TX 77027

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Join AIA Houston Historic Resources Committee Speaker Series


Speaker: Juliana Felkner, PhD, School of Architecture , The University of Texas at Austin

Title: Aligning the Goals of Sustainable Design, Density and Historic Preservation

AIA Credit: 1.0 AIA HSW


The talk will cover architectural approaches to maintaining historic buildings and sites while updating them for energy efficiency and allowing for densification through adaptive reuse, infill techniques, and vertical extensions. Details of retrofit projects in Austin, TX, show that major energy savings can be achieved through sensitive retrofit design, with virtually no visual impact on the historic structure.

To address the need for density, historic buildings were chosen in the context of the Construction and Environmental Controls courses at UT Austin’s School of Architecture. Structurally efficient vertical extension solutions are described.



Dr Felkner is an assistant professor in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. She studied architecture and spatial planning at the University of Kansas and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm. She worked for Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris before moving to Zurich to conduct her PhD research at ETH in the Chair of Structural Design and the Chair of Structural Mechanics. She is a member of the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA).

Her research interests include the role of the built environment in addressing some of society’s greatest challenges through the efficient use of land, construction materials and energy. The tall building serves as an application for her research on integrating design and technology to improve urban conditions, building performance and human comfort.


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