ARC 409 Integrated Design Studio / Spring 2017
This studio aspires to address the deployment of building systems, materials and construction processes so as to convey coherent values and objectives expressed through architecture (and its effects), and to understand technical and measurable building design and performance. Ultimately, “integrated design” is understood broadly to encompass the processes of design, material and building fabrication and assembly, statutory compliance, and building performance – that together illustrate cultural value and design intent.
Comfort in Motion / Spring 2017
This Professional Elective explores the relationship between outdoor thermal comfort and people’s mobility mode choices. The underlying premise is that, if provided with comfortable environments that are suitable for walking and biking, people will choose this option over alternative modes of transportation. We will further investigate what role architects and urban designers can play in creating such spaces.
ARC 307 Design Studio / Fall 2015-16
This studio develops and employs spatial analysis skills that explore socio-political, environmental and formal relationships as architecture that operates in response to collective contextual experiments and negotiated environments. Research is integral to the design process, It encompasses topics specific to culture, history, technology and theory as a means of developing and managing programmatic, formal and structural inquires.
Dubai Visiting Critic Design Studio
The studio embodied this age’s entrepreneurial spirit in the form of designing a mixed-use start-up campus set in the global business hub of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The studio challenged the region’s climate through the design of symbiotic and integrative sustainable systems, and questions the real value of investing in energy efficiency in the desert.
ARC 322 Building Systems II
This course teaches thermal, luminous and acoustical environmental design in the context of architectural building systems. The course introduces 1) the basic scientific principles underlying these phenomena, 2) precedent built environment design methodologies and existing building case studies, and 3) computational tools and analysis techniques for designing comfortable and energy efficient indoor environments.