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Outreach

Outreach

Architecture Research Collaborative

Outreach

High-Performance Building Facades Workshop
2021

This free online workshop covered methods for designing sustainable, high-performance facades, and the necessary steps in ensuring that the environmental factors and energy-efficiency strategies are integrated with the design process.

Summer Online Architecture Course Offered to Students and Professionals
2020

This course was intended to advance both students’ and 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.

Collaboration with the U.S. Department of State on Net-Zero Energy Consulate Design
2020

In 2020, the Department of Architecture partnered with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations through the Diplomacy Lab. Students worked on the design of a net-zero energy U.S. Consulate Building, located in Brazil. The primary objective of this collaboration was to explore design methods for high-performance consulate buildings, as well as methods for meeting net-zero energy goals. 

Design-Build Practicum
2020

In collaboration with Kent Hicks Construction, eight students from the Department of Architecture and the Building Construction and Technology Program are working together on a design-build project, a net-zero energy micro-house. 

Five College Virtual Architecture Symposium Exactitude
2020

This fully online lecture series focused on the ever-growing need for precision and efficiency within the architectural practice. The goal of this event was to inspire a conversation on different understandings and meanings of the word “exactitude” within the context of contemporary and future architectural practice through lectures and discussions with both academics and practitioners within the field of architecture.

Imagining Future Innovative Facades Workshop
2020

This fully online workshop focused on the innovations in facade systems, particularly addressing materials, technologies, and innovative design methods. The on-line delivery offered a virtual platform for presentations, discussions, and interactive learning opportunities. Originally, this workshop was scheduled as part of the Facades Week in Los Angeles.

Integration and Innovation (conference cover)
2019

The 2019 BTES conference explored the role of technology education and curriculum in cultivating these intellectual habits in our students (and ourselves) and in creating the organizational spaces in which the future of practice will be shaped. Sessions presented exemplary proposals of research and pedagogical applications that explore innovative practices and integrative thinking in the academy and profession.

2019

Associate Professor Ray Mann's Spring 2019 Graduate Studio 2 partnered with the Kestrel Land Trust to brainstorm possible renovations strategies for their newly acquired property on Bay Road in south Amherst. Over the course of five weeks, the eight students analyzed the site, measured and modeled the building, and explored ideas about how the building might be retrofitted or altered while also creating a new identity that would not only improve space usage but reflect the organization's values.

Future of Architecture Research

Research in architectural design and the built environment is diversifying and reaching new directions. Technological changes, such as new materials, design representations, and construction techniques have accelerated the need to advance knowledge across the design disciplines. Today, research is more important than ever and is becoming an integral component in the design practices. The theme of ARCC 2015 Conference - the FUTURE of Architectural Research - was intended to help define the future directions of architectural research and practice. The conference explored interdisciplinary approaches that address advanced materials, building technologies, environmental and energy concerns, computational design, automation in construction and design delivery methods.