Emily Winfield to Lead Design Alaska’s Mechanical Engineering Department
Design Alaska has promoted Emily Winfield, PE to be the head of their Mechanical Engineering Department. Emily is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to studying engineering she received a Bachelor of Arts from St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia. She is a Certified Commissioning Authority and served as President of the Fairbanks Chapter of ASHRAE from 2016-2017. She will oversee the department of nine engineers that perform design, cost estimating, commissioning, and construction administration. Her passion in the industry is sustainable and energy efficient design for both rural and urban settings. Emily has been with Design Alaska since 2014.
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The Art of Architecture
Architects often find themselves facing something of a chicken and egg dilemma. When it comes to design, what takes precedence—form or function?
“It’s a great question, and it’s probably a loaded question,” says David McVeigh, president of RIM Architects. “You can ask ten different architects and get ten different answers.”
Many of the factors that influence those answers land outside the architect’s control. The client’s vision for the building, its location and intended use, the project budget, and whether the design must conform to specific guidelines are all details the architect must consider when determining how much emphasis to place on aesthetics and how much on function.