“Architecture is situated at a unique moment in history where a convergence of global interests demand that our discipline responds in a critical and innovative manner… ” (Evan Douglis, Dean)
A historic all-school publication that embodies the school’s transdisciplinary approach to education, consistent theme of radical speculation, innovative pedagogical methods, and research addressing major global challenges.
Founder of the influential studio Morphosis and co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Thom Mayne marries conceptual ideas with form, challenging the way we perceive structure, building and the environment.
Internationally renowned Chilean architect Smiljan Radić is transcending contemporary architectural labels by emphasizing heterogeneity of social context, environment, and materiality in his practice, founded in 1995.
The Positions Series is a collection of student-led conversational discussion events taking place at the Rensselaer School of Architecture.
International study is a defining aspect of Rensselaer’s architectural education. The School of Architecture offers international semester long programs in Italy, India, and China.
EMPAC opened its doors in 2008 and was soon hailed as a “technological pleasure dome for the mind and senses… dedicated to the marriage of art and science as it has never been done before” (NY Times).
Theodore Spyropoulos is co-founder of experimental architecture and design studio Minimaforms, and Director of the Architectural Association’s world renowned Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London.
MATERIAL INTENSITIES, the challenge of this recent conference, intended to dissolve our notion of the built environment as inert constructions enclosing physically sealed spaces. Host_Directors: Demetrios Comodromos, Jefferson Ellinger.
Höweler + Yoon; Kunlé Adeyemi; William Horgan (Grimshaw Partners); Marcelo Spina (P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S); Pezo von Ellrichshausen; and Rick Joy. All events start 6:00pm at EMPAC. 110 8th Street / Troy, NY 12180. Admission is free.
Geofutures endeavors to convert crisis into opportunity by harnessing both the pressures of a planet at risk and the promise of emerging environmental technologies to generate a broad spectrum of possible, if not probable, urban and architectural futures for the twenty-first century. CHRIS PERRY, Director.
The practice of architecture in the 21st century is increasingly driven by heightened cultural, social and environmental issues. Our top-tier program offers a comprehensive and dynamic curriculum comprised of digital design, emerging fabrication technologies, environmental simulation software, new materials, and the opportunity to engage in a range of cross-disciplinary collaborations. LONN COMBS, Director.
“The education of the architect at Rensselaer is looking ahead. It is looking into the future to prepare students to go out to the world and do something transformative. We are preparing students not only to become future practitioners, but to become future leaders.” EVAN DOUGLIS, Dean.
LECTURE SERIES (FALL 2016). Admission is FREE. All lectures unless otherwise noted start 6:00pm at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. Contemporary Design Conference is from 2-7:00pm on Tuesday, November 8th.