Collaborative Design/Build Intensive

Collaborative DesignBuild Intensive

Date: 8/12/24 9:00 AM
Location: Waitsfield, VT

Yestermorrow’s work is rooted in an integrated design/build philosophy. We believe that combining design and building offers numerous advantages and promotes the creation of intentional and inspired buildings and communities that enhance our world. Led by founding members of the legendary Jersey Devil Design/Build group and renowned architect Bill Bialosky, this course is the embodiment of the design/build process.

This 2 week crash course teaches students critical skills in both facilitating consensus based design and fundamental carpentry skills. Students engage in a collaborative and interactive process of designing and building a full scale community project. Students will meet with the non-profit or community client, establish the program, work within a budget, propose and develop the design all in just 3 days. Following design approval, we’ll head to the job site to execute the design.

Throughout the program students will experience the design/build feedback loop as they gain fundamental carpentry skills while also learning how to adapt existing plans to current conditions. Your creative thinking and problem solving skills will be put to the test!

This class is a great fit for people interested in community development, change making, architecture, small scale building and collaborative design.

This course is open to architects and builders seeking to earn continuing education credit, as well as to students, non-professionals, and anyone with enthusiasm about design/build and giving back to the public realm. Previous construction experience is not required. However, a willingness to try is expected!

The course runs Aug 12 - 23, 9 am to 5 pm each day.
Cost: $2,000 (sliding scale available), meals and lodging available for additional fees.
Eligible for 3 credits from UMass Amherst

Contact: Sarah Johnson
Email: sarah@