Payette Principal Charles Klee, AIA, LEED AP contributed in the ArchitectureBoston feature ‘Material Witnesses’ which profiles five masters whose work testifies to the extraordinary ways in which stone, concrete, biology, wood and glass can render fabulous results. Charlie focused on how Ron Anthony’s expertise with wood created a beautiful and successful façade design for the Harvard Art Museum renovation project.
As a fourth grader, Ron Anthony was asked a familiar question: “What would you like to be when you grow up?” Even at that young age, his answer was characteristically broad and thoughtful. He wanted to be a forest ranger, scientist, or detective. Years later, he found a way to be all three.
After earning a graduate degree in wood science, Anthony pursued a career assessing the performance of wood structures, understanding why wood fails, and ultimately advising architects. His education at Colorado State University was instrumental in setting this course. The program allowed him to study not only forestry but also wood science and technology. “I studied in a program where structural engineers and wood scientists took classes together,” he says. Where many wood scientists looked at careers in quality control within the lumber industry, Anthony wanted to interact with designers and engineers, focusing on the end use of wood products.
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