Arch 533 Advanced Environmental Systems

Evaluation is part of the iterative design process. It is a measure of how well a given design solution or proposed design alternatives fulfill the expected performances. Simulation based design focuses on computational simulation tools and techniques to evaluate the performance of a design or design alternatives, starting at earliest conceptual design phases to help architects to make informed design decisions.


Arch 582 Computational Lighting Design

The course is based an innovative program that draws from recent developments in lighting simulation, visualization, per-pixel data measurement and analysis techniques. The objectives of this course are to:

The development of this course was originally funded by the Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education. It is a required courese for our Lighting Certificate Program.


Arch 598 Performative Design Practices

As contemporary modeling tools allow architects greater flexibility and accessibility to explore design iterations, there are increasing opportunities to utilize them beyond generating visually compelling forms. In early and developmental phases of design, performance based approaches provide opportunities to inform geometric decisions that are inherently in flux. Performative feedback into the design workflows require an understanding of the tools and their potential applications in design. In this class, students will explore parametric modeling techniques (Rhino + Grasshopper) along with performance evaluation tools (DIVA Grasshopper for daylighting and thermal performance).


Arch 598 Architecture / Engineering / Construction (AEC) Seminar

Achieving high performance and sustainable buildings is possible by performing simultaneous and iterative evaluations of design alternatives, starting from very early stages. This way, evaluations are done prior to making significant design decisions that impact the performance of the building. In this class, graduate students work as consultants to Integrated Design Studio (Arch/CM 404). The studio tackles the design of a high performing elementary school project. As a consultant, you team up with undergraduate students who take the studio, and your role will be to perform solar, lighting, and thermal simulations and to provide consultancy on the high performance aspects of the design.


Arch 588 Research Practice

The course is intended to provide the opportunity for a guided preliminary exploration and refinement of a research topic. Weekly seminar meetings focus on the review of principles, theories, and methods that underlie the applications of computational research in architecture. The course begins with an overview of computing within the context of architectural design. This introduction is followed by a review and discussion of selected topics concerning the utilization of computation for presentation, analysis, and synthesis. The course concludes with a critical review of the past and present research as well as emerging fields in computation.





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