Summer Online Architecture Course Offered to Students and Professionals
Monday, April 13, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
This summer, for the very first time, we will be offering a six-week online course to both current students and professionals titled, Sustainable and High-Performance Facades.
Two sections of the class will be offered; a 3-credit version for students wishing to obtain college credit and a non-credit version as a continuing education course for professionals.
The course will be fully online and take place May 18 - June 26, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 11:00am - 2:00pm ET.
The professional continuing education course is intended to advance practitioners' skills in designing sustainable, high-performance building facades and to broaden their knowledge about sustainable facade materials, design methods, systems, simulation and modeling tools, and facade performance. The course is structured to allow professionals to learn about the design methods and approaches, analyze properties of facades, and also incorporate specific design strategies to develop viable solutions for innovative facades. The course will be delivered fully online, through real-time lectures and discussions.
Registered professionals will learn about the advances in technology, sustainable and high-performance facades, building simulations and energy modeling, materials and their environmental impact, design and technical documentation. The following topics will be covered:
• Research methods
• Sustainable design methods for facades
• Building science, especially relating to building skins
• Heat and moisture transport in building facades
• Emerging facade technologies
• Methods for improving thermal performance, daylight and building occupants' comfort through facade design
• Advanced construction materials
• Environmental impact of facade systems
• Building performance tools and simulations
• Analytical processes for facade design
• Testing procedures for facades.
The course will be taught by Ajla Aksamija, PhD, LEED AP BD+C, CDT. Aksamija is an Associate Professor at UMass Amherst and a Building Technology Researcher at Perkins and Will. She is the author of seminal book Sustainable Facades: Design Methods for High-Performance Building Envelopes (Wiley, 2013), and also Integrating Innovation in Architecture: Design, Methods and Technology for Progressive Practice and Research (Wiley, 2016). Her research expertise includes building science, emerging building technologies, advanced building skins, high-performance buildings, and innovations in architecture.
For Professionals: This is a continuing education course for professionals (non-credit version). Register using the course label LLCAR 68 or class number 55221.
For Students: This is a graduate-level course for students (3-credit course).