Jacob Elbrecht

Research Fellow

Jacob joins EDR as the studio's year-long Research Fellow, exploring this year's theme of wood, and how architects can use it and other biologically based low-carbon alternatives for a more sustainable building future.

Jacob earned his Master's of Science in Architecture at Auburn, where he spent the past two year's as part of their Design-Build Rural Studio, and it was there that he began the seeds of the research that he would incorporate into his Fellowship at EDR, his thesis taking the theory of a Breathing Wall (a mono-material, mass timber structure that serves as heat exchange, with mathematically sized holes in the wall to couple heating and ventilation) from a desktop to building scale. At EDR, his Fellowship focuses on researching mass timber building systems, particularly between 8 and 12 stories tall. As part of that research, he aims to develop a digital model to quickly evaluate differences between various structural schemes and better understand what an ‘ideal’ bay size is for mass timber.

He believes that the role of architecture is to improve the lives of the ordinary everyday, and that this is achieved in several ways: bringing natural light into a space, designing quality spaces, and utilizing sustainable materials. Mass timber is particularly enticing for his work because of its broad impacts across scale: the biophilic properties of being in a space with natural materials is well documented and the ability to sequester and store carbon for the duration of a building’s lifetime can make a global impact.

Outside of work he enjoys carpentry–particularly furniture that utilizes all wood connections–ultimate frisbee, running, and soccer.


Lynchburg, VA
Auburn University