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Boston-, Houston-, and Phoenix-based architecture firm Shepley Bulfinch has awarded Rice University assistant professor of architecture Jesús Vassallo the Shepley Bulfinch Award, which grants funding to faculty whose research investigates materials or sustainability. Vassallo was awarded for his work on tall timber. “Anticipating the disruptive potential of mass timber construction systems for collective housing, and capitalizing on what architects do best, which is to innovate in the application of a new technology as opposed to its basic science, this research project will focus on producing a catalog of new applications of mass timber construction systems for mid-rise housing projects,” Vassallo said in a Boston Real Estate Times article. “In order to attain this goal, the project will work by rehearsing different degrees of prefabrication and by focusing on the range of scales between the construction detail and the repetitive structural system.” [Boston Real Estate Times]