STRUCTURAL DESIGN BUILD WORKSHOP | The Chair Project


STRUCTURAL DESIGN BUILD WORKSHOP | The Chair Project


Jon Bennett, Stephanie Boutari, Graham Brindle, Christy Cheng, Kate Holbrook-Smith, Elizabeth Lenny, Steven Lin, Joshua MacDonald, Mia Milanovic, Emma Moseley, Mariah Palantzas, Caitlin Perry, Amanda Reyes-Martin, Alex Robinson, Alyssa Tang, Coco Xiong, Sarah Zheng and Elizabeth C. English (coordinator)

The Structural Design Build Workshop is a fifth year course, the culmination of the sequence of four structures courses at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. Work in the course focuses on the design, construction and structural analysis of a folding or take-apart wooden chair for a specific "client" of the student's choice. The course assignments guide the project through the steps of research, conceptualization, design development, construction in the woodshop, presentation of the built chair, comprehensive structural analysis and documentation of the complete process. The project allows students to explore the nature and process of designing a structure that is at once stable under changing load conditions and capable of reconfiguration.

Instagram: @structuraldesignbuildworkshop

This project is supported by Phidon.


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