PrizeOfficial Selection in Build (architecture)
ArtistBill Price, Brown Endowed Chair, SOA PVAMU
Design TeamWestEast Design Group (Architect+MEP) Timothy Baisdon, Matthew Agee, Behzad Farahmand Interior, Bill Price Brown Endowed Chair of Architecture with E. Ruiz, A. Jauregui, J. Morales, M. Lewis, D. Galo, F. Rueda, D. Muniz Jr., SMT
CreditBill Price courtesy of BEAM - Program for Building, Envelope, Assembly, Material research

The INSTRUMENT is a modular outdoor test hut at PVA. Its purpose is to enable faculty and architecture students to do full-scale testing to assess building performance under realistic conditions with an overt interest in measuring and not simulating. The INSTRUMENT comprises two identical modules with test walls that can be removed to experiment with different sustainable building envelopes, shading devices, and other building components. A 360-degree automated turntable varies the orientation of the test huts modules which are equipped with over 200 sensors per module that record data.

Bill Prices' career has spanned three decades, during which time he has practiced and produced work in eleven different countries. He has practiced professionally in Switzerland and the Netherlands, where he spent four years with OMA/Rem Koolhaas. There he acted as Research and Development Director and saw the Villa Bordeaux (Time Magazine called this house the most important private residence of the twentieth century") through to completion. Bill collaborated with Ai Weiwei in China, after which Ai Weiwei picked Bill's work to include in Phaidon's 10 x 10-3 Monograph.