Still from Jeffery Collins' video submission for Envelope.
Still from Jeffery Collins' video submission for Envelope.

Knowlton Alumnus Jeffrey Collins Finalist in Field Experiment Competition

Knowlton School architecture alumnus Jeffrey Collins (BSARCH ’00, MARCH ’02) has been named one of five finalists in Field Experiment, a public action project in Atlanta organized by The Goat Farm, a creative industrial complex in West Midtown Atlanta, and The Hambidge Center, a non-profit organization that awards residency fellowships to distinguished artists and scientists at its 600 acre creative sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Collins’ submission, Envelope, was selected from 130 applications received from 44 cities, 21 states and five countries.

Collins’ submission was inspired by a questioning of the typical exteriors of our buildings and by the multiple meanings of the term “Envelope”. Collins states:

“The everyday paper object, an envelope, is looked over and passed by.  The important part is the letter sealed inside.  A building envelope acts in much the same way, though a developed construction detail reveals that the architectural implication of envelope is no longer a paper thin membrane, but is thickened to involve a system of layers that make up the assembly of the exterior wall and separate the interior from the exterior.  We certainly don’t want our buildings to be looked over and passed by.

“Investigating further, envelope is both a noun and a verb; a physical object and a series of actions leading to the erection of the same.  It is an enclosing structure meant to enclose a structure.  The project suggests that faces of too many of our buildings adopt an anonymous approach.  On the other hand, developing digital design and fabrication techniques offer an opportunity.  Envelope aims to take something ordinary, everyday and passed-by and, with thoughtfulness and experimentation, turn it into something unexpected, useful and beautiful.”

As a Field Experiment finalist, Collins received $2,000 and was invited to complete a conceptual installation of his project for display at the annual Hambidge Auction at The Goat Farm Arts Center on May 30, 2015.

 “The installation built for the 2015 Hambidge Auction and Gala at The Goat Farm Arts Center is a mock-up for a new building skin comprised of mass-produced sheet metal panels with embedded connection details for easy assembly in the field.  Parts are designed to be flexible for adaptation by and to site conditions – natural and man-made.  The design process embraced a back and forth between multiple aspects of the project; pattern and object, drawing and model, physical and digital, materiality and abstraction, detail and whole.”

Collins is Principal at Jeffrey Collins Architect in Atlanta. From 2002-2009, he was Senior Project manager/Project design at Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects.