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A New Generation of Tilt Wall Icons

May 25, 2022 from 12:00am to 12:00pm Central Standard Time

Mitch Bloomquist

Despite the method’s stellar reputation as the world’s most efficient building system for big-box buildings, tilt-up construction has roots in serious architecture. Through exploration of tilt-up’s early-phase adoption, disruptions brought on by World War II, and significant works of architecture completed in the early to late 1990s, attendees will come to appreciate how tilt-up methodology has regained the attention of some of the architectural community’s most creative minds.

“Look around, and it is clear that tilt-up is having a moment, and with the design for the new Margo Leavin Graduate Art Studios at the University of California, Los Angeles, Johnston Marklee is proving that the humble material is anything but staid.”

— Katie Gerfen, editor of design for ARCHITECT.


  • Learn the origin story of the tilt-up method of construction.
  • Familiarize one's self with the early-phase application of the tilt-up methodology on iconic architectural projects.
  • Understand the affects of World War II and accompanying technological advancements on the tilt-up industry.

  • Explore many new significant works of architecture employing tilt-up technology.

Steven Holl's Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University
Photograph: Paul Warchol

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