Material Provenance

Full price: $67.00
Member: $50.00


Course outline
Course structure and materials
Length of course
CPD hours
Learning outcome
Competency standards

Course outline

From the 2013 National Architecture Conference
Virginia San Fratello's presentation is concerned with familiar materials, including materials we often fail to notice, used in novel ways.
With partner Ronald Rael, Rael San Fratello is at the forefront of a reconsideration of traditional materials such as earth and straw, using new digital techniques of production. Projects discussed include the use of hay in the Straw House in London and the abandoned Solyndra glass tubes in the Sol Grotto in the Berkeley Botanical Garden. Theirs is a hands-on practice committed to realising new products.

AACA Competency: Design


Virginia San Fratello: Founding Director at Rael San Fratello

Virginia San Fratello is a founding director of Rael San Fratello, a practice whose work revolves around the convergence of digital, ecological, and building component design in architecture. Their projects have experimented with digital cement and ceramics as well as earth at the Mud House, Marfa, 2009 and hay in the Straw House, London 2010.
Virginia was the recipient of Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award for her Hydro Wall concept and with Ronald Rael currently has a collection of recently designed masonry units which hold vegetation on display in New York. She is working with manufacturers/distributors to launch these innovative and sustainable architectural building components into the market place.

Course structure and materials

  • Audio-visual Flash presentation
  • Formal assessment

    Length of course

    1 hour

    Continuing professional development hours


    1 formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) point.

    Learning outcome

    After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the connection between architecture and earth materials
  • Discuss the advantages of using earth materials such as hay and clay in building projects
  • Assess the link between material choice and sustainable architecture
  • Explore the various material options in the application of 3D printing

    National Competency Standards in Architecture



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    Member $50.00
    Practice Membership / A+ $46.00
    Graduate Member $46.00
    SONA Member (student) $25.00

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