Architecture Weekend: Sustainable Design and the Environment – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Architecture Weekend: Sustainable Design and the Environment

The HWS Student Architecture Society presents the first annual Architecture Weekend. This year’s theme is “Sustainable Design and the Environment”. The weekend will include a keynote lecture on sustainable building, as well as a hands-on workshop in straw-bale construction. This year’s guest is Ed Paschich, one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of sustainable design. His keynote lecture on alternative building methods and materials will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 11, in the Geneva Room. Paschich will lead a hands-on workshop on straw-bale wall construction at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, at Houghton House. Workshop participants will build a full-size section of wall, using this sustainable and inexpensive construction method. The workshop will last about three hours, and will be followed by a banquet dinner at 6 p.m. in the Common Room. Seating is limited, so those who are interested in attending, please contact Jenny Breck ( by April 5.

Ed Paschich (father of Wristen Paschich '04), has been building dwellings that incorporate sustainable concepts since 1976. His houses use sustainable construction techniques, and take advantage of solar and other alternative energy sources. He has designed and built 180 passive solar houses, four tire houses, and one straw bale house. With each house, he experiments with innovative techniques to save water and energy and with a range of renewable materials. Paschich is convinced that the best way to mainstream sustainable architecture is to show homeowners that they can preserve comfort and style.

For more information on the events and how to participate, contact Stan Mathews, Maria Barbieri, or Jennifer Breck.