A Look Into MIRA

When:  Sep 22, 2020 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CT)
Associated with  Chicago

A Look Into MIRA - Maintaining Design Integrity While Delivering A Custom High-Performance Façade

Presented by:

Harry Soenksen | Senior Director, Technical Design at Studio Gang
Mauricio Sanchez | Director, Technical Design at Studio Gang

Demand for buildings to be designed for high-performance is increasing.  Building enclosures including façade assemblies are rapidly evolving and incorporating new technologies with a multitude of requirements including sustainability goals, increased energy efficiency, acoustic performance, and thermal comfort. In addition to performance requirements, cost and constructability are yet more factors challenging the industry. 

Architects must simultaneously incorporate all these external criteria while maintaining the integrity of the architectural design.  The key to successfully integrating these objectives into the architecture is understanding design delivery methods, early identification of performance criteria, testing the design, and managing the implementation throughout construction.

The presentation will provide insight into Studio Gang’s approach to the conceptual design process, technical criteria and design, mockup testing and design implementation during construction for the Mira Tower project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the various design delivery methods that were available and how the best one for the project was determined
  2. Recognize how performance criteria (opportunities & limitations) affected the design intent and cost
  3. Learn how critical metrics were defined and established for determining performance tests and visual mock-ups
  4. Learn how a work plan was successfully developed and implemented, and how the plan was able to identify potential obstacles early on

Continuing Education: 1.0 AIA CES LU

Cost For Program Held Via Zoom:

CSI Chicago Members: FREE

Discount_-_50__NONMEMBER_EARLY_BIRD.pngCSI Member - Non-Chicago Chapter: $20*

Non-Member Professionals: $40*
(3 or more years of experience in construction)

Non-Member Emerging Professionals: $20*
(Fewer than 3 years of experience in construction)

Non-Member Student: $10* FREE
(Full-time student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program)

*Save 50% on your registration fee when you register by September 15, 2020.

Space is limited to first 100 registered attendees.  Registration is refundable up to 5 days before the event.

About Our Presenters:

Harry_Soenksen.jpgHarry Soenksen, Senior Director, Technical Design at Studio Gang

Architect Harry Soenksen is a Senior Director at Studio Gang responsible for the quality control and technical oversight of each of the Studio’s projects. He has extensive experience in the management and design of projects at every scale, meeting the highest sustainability metrics. Harry is currently managing the design of the US Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil and the Mira Tower in San Francisco. He recently completed significant mixed-use residential projects in Hyde Park – Solstice on the Park, City Hyde Park, and The Shoreland. He also played a significant role on Writers Theatre and the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.

He is a member of the AIA, CTBUH, and a LEED Accredited Professional. 


Mauricio_Sanchez.jpgMauricio Sanchez, Director, Technical Design at Studio Gang

Architect Mauricio Sánchez is a Technical Design Director in Studio Gang’s Chicago office, where he leads design teams for large-scale mixed-use, residential, and tower projects. Mauricio’s skills in drafting, hand drawing, and research inform his approach to design, which involves testing materials toward the creation of new architectural forms. Mauricio was a key team member in the design and construction phases of Aqua Tower and has led teams for the studio’s Brick Weave House, Shoreland, City Hyde Park, and MIRA projects. Originally from Cali, Colombia, Mauricio studied the Theory of Modern Architecture at the Universidad Nacional and holds a Master of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Mauricio leads the studio’s quality assurance and quality control program through periodic peer reviews.

MIRA Tower Photo: Copyright Jason O’Rear. 

All Photos: Courtesy of Studio Gang.

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