Skin and Bones: Breaking Facade Design Down to its Essence

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Dates: 1/29/2018 - 2/21/2018, 05:15 PM - 07:30 PM EST
Location: The University of Massachusetts Club One Beacon Street 32nd Floor Boston, MA 02108
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Skin and Bones:

Breaking Facade Design Down to its Essence


Chris O'Hara, PE, SECB is a founding Principal of Studio NYL and the Director of the Skins Group, a portion of Studio NYL dedicated to the holistic design of buildings and their skins including structural, thermal and hygrothermal analyses. Chir has unique experience with advanced facade technologies including structural glass, tension systems, GFRC, Ultra High Performance Concrete, and terra cotta.  Chris has served as a board member for the AIA Colorado-North Chapter, AIA Colorado Knowledge Director, AIA Colarado Design Conference Committee, CONSTRUCT Education Advisory Committee and the Architectural Graphic Standards Editorial Advisory Board.  He is also a board member of the Native American Sustainable Housing Initiative.


The session is a Case Study driven review of facade systems and details. Critical design issues often occur at atypical conditions. Basic "rules of thumb" do not apply when the geometry or material choice requires more from the design. The discussion will focus on how to realize architectural vision by designing systems, rather than specifying proprietary products. Chris will examine how the elements of facades perform and how they can be reassembled to create elegant and efficient systems that perform as well or better than traditional systems. He will discuss the junction of transparent and opaque assemblies, where most facade failures occur. Topics will include continuous insulation, mitigation of thermal bridges, condensation, waterproofing and structure.

This presentation will provide one CEU or AIA credit. The presentation will begin at 6:30PM, we will host our usual networking session and dinner before the presentation beginning at 5:15PM. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Attention to all attendees:  Each member or guest is responsible to cancel on or before the deadline if they are unable to attend and have already registered. If a member cancels after the deadline, he or she will be charged the dinner fee. If you have any questions, please contact Cynie Linton @

There is no cost for this event for members of the Boston Chapter.

  • CSI Member guests and non-members are $30 if attending the networking or dinner part of the evening.
  • The program, starting at 6:30PM, is free for guests or members.

Tabletops are available at the following prices:

  • $50 for CSI members who advertise with us
  • $100 for CSI members
  • $180 for non-members (includes dinner for one) 

If you would like a tabletop please contact Tony DeVito at or 617-571-8900

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