The Canadian Steel Conference

Terri Meyer Boake

Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S., B.Arch., M.Arch., LEED AP is a Full Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She has been teaching building construction, structures, environmental design and film since 1986.

Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S., B.Arch., M.Arch., LEED AP is a Full Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo in Canada. She has been teaching building construction, structures, environmental design and film since 1986. She works with CISC, ACSA and AISC developing teaching resources for Architectural education specializing in AESS. She assisted CISC in producing the “Guide for Specifying AESS”. She has published three books for Birkhäuser: "Understanding Steel Design: An Architectural Design Manual" (2012), “Diagrid Structures: Systems, Connections, Details” (2014) and “Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel: Specifications, Connections, Details” (2015). “Complex Steel Structures: Non Orthogonal Geometries in Building with Steel” will be published in 2019. She is a board member with the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat and the CISC Education and Research Council. She is an avid photographer, documenting construction processes and completed buildings.

*Sessions will be delivered in English or French. Interpreters will be available for each session. The language of delivery is indicated in the session’s title line.

It has been 10 years since CISC launched the “new” suite of AESS documents. This presentation aims to bring a concise and highly visual update to what are now considered best practices to apply AESS to projects. The presentation will provide a brief overview of “the system” and place focus on connection detailing, in particular approaches to splices and field connections as they merge aesthetic considerations with issues of erection. The central AESS dilemma, the one that started this entire conversation – “to grind or not to grind (welds)” will be addressed. Innovative discreet and hidden connections can provide an effective alternate to excessive field welded splices.

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