In this episode, Cherise is joined by Joseph Sarafian, AIA, co-founder and CEO and Ron Culver, AIA, co-founder and COO of Form Found Design, a Los Angeles-based architecture and design studio that operates at the intersection of technology and nature. They discuss Home of Hope, located in Yerevan, Armenia.

You can see the project here as you listen along.

Homes of Hope is an inspiring initiative by the Armenian Relief and Development Association (ARDA) that replaces shanty homes in Armenia with resilient houses. Form Found Design’s alternative approach using light gauge steel technology and the FrameCAD Machine revolutionized construction speed and efficiency.

Hear about the global collaboration of consultants from Melbourne, Bucharest, Yerevan, Costa Mesa, and Los Angeles supporting ARDA’s mission. Cross-cultural innovation thrives as Orange Coast College Architecture students collaborate with their Armenian counterparts.

Experience the rapid construction of a 720-square-foot home framed in just three days using light-gauge steel. Completed in June 2023, these homes provide safety and dignity while promoting energy independence through photovoltaic arrays and solar hot water heating.

Like all projects, this project had its unique challenges and opportunities:

  • light gauge steel technology through the FrameCAD machine offered an opportunity to revolutionize the housing construction process, enabling rapid design, production, and efficient construction techniques,
  • international design/build effort required effective communication, cultural understanding, and logistical coordination,
  • photovoltaic arrays and solar hot water heating systems provided an opportunity to foster energy independence and promote sustainable practices,
  • and much more!

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