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Architecture Research Collaborative


Adaptive Reuse and Regenerative Design (project cover)

This project analyzed feasibility for achieving net-zero energy goals in retrofitting existing commercial buildings, and investigated how to maximize energy savings and reach net-zero energy goals by utilizing renewable energy sources for building’s energy needs.


Arrivals (project cover)

Winner of an open public competition, “Arrivals” is a public art and infrastructure project at the Mosher St. Underpass in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The project transforms a key gateway between downtown Holyoke and an adjacent residential neighborhood into a safe, inviting, and creative attraction.

BIM Based Building Performance Analysis (project cover)

This project investigates integration of building performance simulations with Building Information Modeling (BIM) as an integral part of the design process for energy efficient and high-performance buildings.


Ecological Mediators (project cover)

This design project offers resilient solutions along each of Quebec City’ four rivers of Cap-Rouge, Saint-Charles, Beauport and Montmorency by considering natural and anthropogenically-altered hydrologic fluctuations (tides, sea level rise, flooding) that define the ecosystems, casting the rivers as mediators of these changing environmental conditions. 

El Corazon (project cover)

This is a creative place-making project whose primary objective is to develop spaces of belonging and inclusion for the largest per-capita Puerto Rican community in the diaspora.


Energy Efficiency Retrofits of Existing Buildings (project cover)

This project focuses on energy-efficient retrofits of existing buildings in different climate types. The objective of this research was to investigate how to integrate passive design strategies and energy-efficient building systems to reduce energy consumption of existing buildings.

Gateway House (project cover)

This project was a local government competition, Just Big Enough - small lots | small units | BIG IDEAS, sponsored by the City of Northampton, MA. Its purpose was to encourage sustainable development, increase affordable housing, and preserve critical open space.

High-Performance Facade Systems (project cover)

This research project investigates environmentally sensitive, energy efficient, and high-performance facades, as facades are one of the most significant contributors to energy efficiency in buildings.


Innovations in Architecture (project cover)

This research project focuses on innovations in architecture, including new materials and design methods, advances in computational design practices, innovations in building technologies and construction techniques, and the integration of research with design.

Integration of Parametric Design and Building Performance Analysis (project cover)

This project focuses on methods for integrating parametric design with building performance analysis procedures, specifically presenting tools and design methodologies that are suitable for whole building design. 


Intelligent Facades for Heating Cooling and Electricity Generation (project cover)

This project focuses on the development of novel intelligent facade systems that integrate thermoelectric materials for generation of energy, whether it be for heating, cooling, or electricity. 



Performance of Double Skin Facades (project cover)

This project investigated thermal, energy and daylighting performance of double skin facades (DSFs) in different climate types, specifically focusing on three typologies: box window, corridor and multi-story DSFs. The objective was to analyze how different DSFs perform compared to the baseline single skin glazed facade (conventional curtain wall system), and compared to each other. 


Public Domain (project cover)

This project’s physical installation invited the Istanbul Biennale visitors to temporarily inhabit the created landscapes and leave traces of their own. The project installation was an open structure where the process of making traces has already been started.