Jake Elbrecht

CTBUH, Research Associate | Chicago, United States


Jake Elbrecht is a Research Associate at CTBUH. In this role, Elbrecht provides experience both with mass timber structural systems as well as running life cycle analyses. His interest in low-carbon architecture has driven a desire to understand the intersection of cost and carbon in the built environment.

Elbrecht is a 2020 graduate of Auburn University and holds a Master of Science in Architecture from Auburn’s design-build program, Rural Studio. During his graduate studies, he worked with a team of three other students to test a novel alternative to conventional insulation and heating methods—the Breathing Wall—while utilizing mass timber building enclosures.

He then went on to hold a research fellowship from EskewDumezRipple, an architectural firm in New Orleans. While there, he performed building life cycle analyses to enable design teams to better understand the implications of…

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CTBUH Designated Expert


04 April 2022

State of Tall Timber 2022

Daniel Safarik, Jacob Elbrecht & William Miranda, CTBUH

The past few years have seen tremendous interest in the development of mass timber buildings of increasing height, in urban settings, many of which are...


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