Yestermorrow Design/Build School has hired José Galarza as the school’s first Director of Semester Programs. This new position was created to help launch Yestermorrow’s Sustainable Design/Build Semester Program for undergraduates in Fall 2011 and a graduate-level Integrative Design/Build Semester in Spring 2012.
José Galarza is an architectural designer, builder, and educator who brings to Yestermorrow experience that spans design, planning, project management, information technology, and construction. José enjoys using advanced computer modeling coupled with a rigor towards craft; and, when at all possible, tries to apply systems-based thinking at the intersections of regenerative design, fine art, and equal opportunity.
Before starting his own practice he helped to design an assortment of iconic buildings for two well known and highly acclaimed firms in Europe and the United States. Previously he apprenticed as a fine woodworker producing high end custom pieces and received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas in Austin. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with minor studies in Art and Philosophy. José was the 2010 Program Director for Yestermorrow’s Natural Building Intensive, where he lead a group of ten students to build a house in Middlesex, VT, enabling a young couple to become first time homeowners. As Yestermorrow’s Community Outreach Coordinator through the VHCB AmeriCorps program, he coordinated class building projects with valuable community clients, including the Vermont Foodbank’s Kingsbury Farm. Currently he runs an architectural design studio based out of central Vermont called José Galarza Building Workshop.
Starting in fall 2011, Yestermorrow's Sustainable Design/Build Semester will give 15 undergraduate students from diverse schools and backgrounds a chance to immerse themselves in the hands-on process of collaboratively designing and building an architecturally innovative, high performance "green" building for a deserving community client. Students from a range of disciplines will work closely with Yestermorrow's renowned faculty of practitioner-teachers and community partners, while engaging with a rigorous, practical and inspiring curriculum offering up to 16 credits.
Starting in Spring 2012, Yestermorrow’s Integrative Design/Build Semester is an intensive semester-plus program for graduate students from varying disciplines related to the study and making of the built environment (architecture, engineering, building science, urban planning, art, environmental science, business and economics), who want to go beyond conceptual designs and abstract exercises to immerse themselves in the integrative process of making a building. Through guided research, lectures, field visits, seminar-style discussions, studio work, and active hands-on construction and management, students will collaborate on the design and construction of a light-footprint, high-performance shelter for a community client. The heart of the program is participants’ team-based work to weigh and balance a range of values, priorities and metrics - such as aesthetics, environmental sensitivity, building energy performance, durability, life-cycle materials analysis, cost, and social and natural ecology.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School is currently recruiting for the new positions of Lead Faculty and Lead Build Instructor for the Sustainable Design/Build Semester Program in Fall 2011. For more information, please visit http://www.yestermorrow.org/job-opportunities/. Anyone interested in learning more about these academic programs can contact José at [email protected] or 802-496-5545.