Study of Glazing in Architectural Capitals

Page Associate Principal, architectural designer and design instructor at The University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture Ricardo Muñoz, AIA, knows the best way to expand his professional expertise is travel. He is a repeat winner of fellowships that have sent him to different continents to study various aspects of design. Most recently, Ricardo was awarded a McDermott Traveling Fellowship from the Dallas Center for Architecture to survey glazing applications in London, a historical city dating back more than 2,000 years that also possesses some of the most modern architecture in the world.

Glazing, or window installation, is crucial to the function of every single building. A properly glazed window can make a tremendous difference to energy efficiency, daylighting and occupant comfort, not to mention keeping the building secure during extreme weather conditions. Distinctive window forms or placement can also result in elevating a building to memorable, even iconic in terms of placemaking and perception of a city’s character.

Ricardo explained his process, “I visited London to walk among its many glass skyscrapers and examine first hand their forms and construction methods. I embarked on the trip with several buildings in mind but discovered many more that were just completed along with several smaller glass structures that seemed to employ equally innovative uses for glass. After London I made a short visit to Paris to explore two recently completed projects which I had been following and that also used glazing in innovative ways.”

Click through the above image gallery to see the structures Ricardo ultimately chose to document and refer below to their respective summaries:

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