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CASE / NYC featured in Architect Magazine

Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) News: Architect Magazine on CASE’s Active Modular Phytoremediation System The multi-institutional Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) was recently featured in the technology section of Architect Magazine. The article “Breathe In: CASE Puts Its Green Wall System to the Test” examines the center’s Active Modular Phytoremediation System, which […]

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RPI Students Help Public Art project win $1 million grant

Student News: RPI Students Help “Breathing Lights” win $1,000,000 Grant. The Lighting Research Center‘s collaborative installation project “Breathing Lights“ proposes to illuminate nearly 350 vacant homes in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy nightly over two months in fall 2016 to regenerate interest in once-vibrant neighborhoods that currently have high vacancy rates. It is one of four projects nationwide to receive a $1 […]

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L. Combs & C. Perry: ACADIA 2015 Chairs

Faculty News: LONN COMBS AND CHRIS PERRY AS ACADIA 2015 CONFERENCE CHAIRS Assistant Professors Lonn Combs and Chris Perry will serve as Technical Chairs of the 2015 ACADIA conference: “Computational Ecologies: Design in the Anthropocene.” ACADIA, as the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture, is an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. ACADIA’s aim is to facilitate critical […]

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Nancy Diniz awarded prize at Milano Expo’15

Faculty News: Assistant Professor Nancy Diniz, faculty at CASE/RPI and the Geofutures graduate program, was awarded an ‘Honorary Mention’ Prize at the the ‘Solutions’ competitions for her ‘MUSHRICE Series’ project, and will be exhibited at the Milano Expo 2015.  The ‘MUSHRICE Series’ is an on-going research project developed by Prof. Diniz at CASE/ RPI on the topic of bio-materials that are […]

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Prof. Lonn Combs finalist at FIU competition

Faculty News: Lonn Combs finalist for “Emerging Architects Initiative” competition. Assistant Professor and Director of the M.Arch I Program Lonn Combs, Principal of Easton + Combs, is among five finalist for Florida International University’s “Emerging Architects Initiative” installation at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus in Miami. The installation is to be housed at the Paul […]

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2015 Award Winners

05/28/15: COMMENCEMENT DINNER & AWARD CEREMONY. On Thursday, May 28th, 2015, the School of Architecture hosted it’s end of year Commencement Dinner and Award ceremony for the Class of 2015. The following is a list of this year’s award recipients. Congratulations! Harriet R. Peck Prize – Winners Medal for the Best solution in a Thesis Project […]

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Prof. Duman “transforming midtown”

In the news: Koray Duman featured in the NY Post. Adjunct Professor Koray Duman, Principal of Buro Koray Duman, was featured in the New York Post article (2/5/15) titled “The 5 design minds transforming Midtown — and how to make their unique style yours.” In particular, his project for Design Within Reach’s new multistory 57th Street flagship. A […]

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FP & Thesis Awards (Peck Prize) Review

Final & Master Project Awards Review: Saturday May 9th, 12-6pm @ Greene Gallery. Selected Students: Professor Chris Perry (coordinator): Octavie Berendschot & Katelyn Rauth Professor Gustavo Crembil: Michael Everett & Shane Gavitt Professor Carla Leitao: Elias Jackson Darham & Georgeanna Foley Professor Ted Ngai: Difei Chen & Yifeng Zhao Guest Critics: Lydia Kallipoliti, Ferda Kolatan, Julie Larsen, […]

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David Bell Receives David M. Darrin ’Award

Professor David Bell to receive the David M. Darrin ’40 Counseling Award From Elise Budd (Class of 2015), President, Phalanx Leadership Honor Society “We are pleased to announce that Dr. David Bell of the School of Architecture has been selected as the 41st recipient of the David M. Darrin ’40 Counseling Award. This award was […]

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Nick Axel (’10): new managing editor at Volume/Archis

Alumni News: Nick Axel designated new managing editor at Volume / Archis. After graduating from Architecture Rensselaer in 2010 with a B.Arch and a minor in philosophy, Nick Axel worked for Alejandro Aravena at ELEMENTAL in Chile. Axel then joined Luis Vidal + Architects in Madrid. In 2013 Nick graduated with Distinction from the Centre for Research Architecture in […]

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[Recent Lecture] Achim Menges

Mon April 27th, 6:00 pm @ EMPAC Concert Hall ACHIM MENGES: “Computational Material Culture” ACHIM MENGES is a a registered architect in Frankfurt, Germany and a professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design since 2008. Additionally, Menges is a Visiting Professor in Architecture at […]

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[Recent Event] Section Cut Pin-Up

Wed April 15, 2015 @ Greene Gallery | 2:00-6:00 pm Please join us this Wednesday, April 15 in the Greene Gallery for the AIAS sponsored all school pin-up and open house. Two representatives from each studio, selected by their studio professors, will present their work from this semester so far. This is a Grand Marshal […]

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Fall 2015 Electives

Elective courses available: ARCH4020/CIVIL4020 Bedford Sem: Advanced Building Structures (Civil) This interdisciplinary seminar consists of students from both the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering department. Presentation of a variety of structural typologies bears direct relation to practical experience and the necessity for constructive interdisciplinary discourse. Specific structural typologies are examined through historic and contemporary project examples that […]

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J. Choma (’09) New Book

Alumni News: JOSEPH CHOMA: “Morphing: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers” Alumni of the Rensselaer School of Architecture and founder of the Design Topology Lab, Joseph Choma, Class of 2009, has recently published “Morphing: A Guide to Mathematical Transformations for Architects and Designers”  – a visually striking guidebook that clearly and systematically lays […]

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Spring 2015 Final Reviews

May 2015 SPRING 2015 REVIEW SCHEDULE Wed. May 6th FINAL UNDERGRADUATE & MASTER PROJECT: Chris Perry section @ Greene Gallery Gustavo Crembil section @ Greene Gallery Fri. May 8th FINAL UNDERGRADUATE & MASTER PROJECT: Carla Leitao section @  CRAIVE-Lab Ted Ngai section @ Greene Gallery Sat. May 9th AWARDS REVIEW: FINAL UNDERGRADUATE & MASTER PROJECT @ […]

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Student Course Evaluations Now Open

Spring 2015 Student Course Evaluations are now open. Student feedback is very important to the institute, its five schools, and their departments, and students are asked to please complete evaluation surveys for all courses. Evaluations will be available through Wednesday, May 13, 2015. You may contact the Office of Undergraduate Education by phone at (518) 276-2244 for more […]

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Mestizo Robotics (Art_X@Rensselaer)

Art_X@Rensselaer MESTIZO ROBOTICS Art_X@Rensselaer is looking for a small group of curious and self-motivated art, cognitive science and engineering students (junior, senior and/or graduate)  and interested faculty to participate in a novel initiative coordinated by the School of Architecture and EMPAC. We are interested on students with a basic knowledge of and/or interest in the following areas: ROBOTICS […]

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[Recent Lecture] Aires Mateus

DATE CHANGE TO Mon Apr 20th, 6:00 pm @ EMPAC MANUEL AIRES MATEUS: “Recent Projects” MANUEL AIRES MATEUS is a Portuguese architect and founding co-principal at Aires Mateus. Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1963, Aires Mateus earned his degree in architecture from F.A./U.T.L., Lisbon Portugal in 1986. He has collaborated with architect Gonçalo Byrne, and since […]

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Prof. Fleet Hower Featured in c|net

PROFESSOR FLEET HOWER FEATURED IN C|NET MAGAZINE Adjunct Professor Fleet Hower is the featured artist for “In The Gallery” for this quarter’s c|net magazine. The magazine’s gallery, which is the last spread of each issue, features “work by brilliant young artists and the technology they rely on.” Hower’s recently released line of 3d printed three-dimensional […]

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Rome-China Show

Wed Apr. 8th, 6:00pm @ GR201 Rome-China Show This Wednesday at 6:00pm, Professors Elena Perez-Guembe and Kyle Stover will host an exhibition on their recent abroad programs to Italy and China. Students and faculty are invited to come learn about School of Architecture abroad programs and hear the experiences of fellow students who most recently visited these parts of […]

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Prof. Oatman: “Best Local Visual Artist” (Metroland)

Associate Professor Michael Oatman has been recognized by Metroland News, a capital-region news source, as #1 of “The Capital Region’s 10 Most Significant Visual Artists of the Past 30 Years” for his globally exhibited drawings, collages, and installations, which integrate thousands of found, modified and handmade components, including artifacts of material culture, painting, drawing, video, and […]

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[Recent Event] “Integrated Ideation” Symposium

Mon. April 6th, 4:30 pm @ EMPAC Theater BEDFORD CHAIR SYMPOSIUM: “INTEGRATED IDEATION: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF EXTRAORDINARY STRUCTURES” Featuring: CRAIG SCHWITTER, BuroHappold BRUCE DANZIGER, Arup MICHAEL STEIN, Schlaich Bergermann & Pnr. WILL LAUFS, Laufsed PLLC Craig Schwitter of Burohappold is a leader in the engineering design of complex buildings and large scale developments that […]

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AIAS T-Shirt Design Competition

Mon Apr. 6th – Fri Apr. 10th AIAS T-Shirt Design Competition AIAS is holding a student T-Shirt design competition this week, Mon Apr. 6th – Fri Apr. 10th. Submissions are due 4:00pm Friday, April 10th, via email. Both voting processes will be done online and will open for 48 hours starting 4:00pm Friday. The top three designs […]

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BIODROME [Carla Leitao FINAL REVIEW]

Fri May 8th, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm @ CRAIVE LAB BIODROME :: FINAL PROJECT REVIEW Studio Critic Carla Leitao Committee Member Ted Krueger Guest Jurors Kazys Varnelis Ed Keller Presenters Brooke Van Baush Elise Benedict Ana Cardenas Paul Chan Elias Jackson Darham Alec Dumond Georgeanna Foley Ryan Hao Dan Li Gaetano Licata Chloe Mahoney […]

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Library Book Sale

Mon Apr. 6th – Fri Apr. 10th Spring Library Book Sale Come to the Architecture Library on the third floor of Greene this week, Monday April 6th through Friday April 10th, to browse and purchase books! //

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Spring 2015 Career Fair

This year Career Fair is scheduled for Tuesday 3/31, 12 – 4 pm @ Greene Gallery. All students are encouraged to stop by the gallery during the event. This event is for first – fifth, M.Arch, Lighting, etc. The following firms will be in attendance (please do not reach out to them prior to the event): […]

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S15 Positions Series :
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Sat Apr 11th, 4pm @ Greene Gallery: “WITCH[CRAFT]”_ On Saturday, April 11th, 2015, the Rensselaer Positions Series will host “Witch[craft],” with Evan Douglis, Dean of the School of Architecture and principle of Evan Douglis Studio. The presentation will be followed by a round-table discussion among all in attendance. “Witch[craft]” poses the following questions: In an […]

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Prof. Lonn Combs distinguished alumni at Univ. of Kentucky

Faculty Award: Lonn Combs to Receive Alumni Award at University of Kentucky. Assistant Professor Lonn Combs will receive the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement at a celebratory event on March 26th, 2015, at the University of Kentucky College of Design. The Distinguished Alumni Award is the highest honor conferred upon a graduate of […]

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Sat Apr 4th, 2pm @ Room 120: “MEMORY LANDSCAPES”_ On Saturday, April 4th, 2015, the Rensselaer Positions Series will host “Memory Landscapes,” with guest speakers Mabel O. Wilson , and M. Leo Villardi . The presentation will be followed by a round-table discussion. “Memory Landscapes” poses the following: How might architecture perform in intensely political […]

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[Recent Lecture] Jim Collins ’77

Wed Mar 11th, 6:00 pm @ EMPAC JIM COLLINS: “THE PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE IN AN ERA OF RESISTANCE” JAMES (JIM) COLLINS Jr. FAIA, principal at Payette Associates, is a renowned architect and graduate of the Rensselaer School of Architecture. Deeply invested in the spatial and environmental manifestation of scientific inquiry, Collins has applied the best principles in laboratory and campus […]

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Elena Perez Guembe [Browns Fellowship]

TALK: Wed Mar 18th, 6PM @ Greene Gallery. Elena Perez Guembe: “Sensitive Skins” On Wednesday March 18th at 6pm in the Greene Gallery, Professor Elena Perez Guembe lectured on her travel abroad, followed by a reception in Room 201.

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Pyatt & van Meerbeke [Browns Presentation]

SHOW: Mar 2-6, GR 201; TALK: Wed. Mar 4th,  Greene Gallery @ 6:00 pm From March 2nd-6th, the two-part exhibition of recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship recipients Will Pyatt and Andrew van Meerbeke will be on display at the Greene Building. The March 4th presentation will begin at 6:00 pm in the Greene Gallery, where both students will lecture about their experiences abroad […]

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[launch] PAJ Journal, Chris Perry co-editor

Faculty News: Sunday, March 1st, 2:00 pm @ Whitebox Gallery, NYC. Journal of Performance and Art (special issue), co-edited by Chris Perry. School of Architecture professor Chris Perry and pneumastudio partner Cathryn Dwyre are guest editors of a special edition of PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press). The issue features the work of ten contemporary […]

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Dean Douglis Honored at Cooper Union

Sun Apr. 26th: Dean Douglis to Receive John Q. Hejduk Award at the Cooper Union Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Dean of Architecture Evan Douglis is among four individuals to be honored by the Cooper Union Alumni Association at their Founder’s Day Celebration on April 26, 2015. Douglis will be presented with the John Q. Hejduk Award, […]

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S15 Positions Series #2:Urban Constructs

Sat Mar 14, 1pm, Room 120: “URBAN CONSTRUCTS”. On Saturday, March 14th, 2015, the Rensselaer Positions Series will host “Urban Constructs,” with guest speakers Karli Molter and Sören Grünert . The presentation will be followed by a round-table discussion on the future of urban living. “Urban Constructs” poses the following: The 21st century marked the […]

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Blast-Off! Mark Mistur & Anthony Titus

Wed Feb. 25th, 6:00pm @ Greene Gallery Blast-Off! Discussion Associate Dean Mark Mistur and First-Year Coordinator and Professor Anthony Titus will host this semester’s Blast-Off! Career Discussion event. The event is set for Wednesday, February 25th at 6:00 p.m. in the Greene Gallery. Mark Mistur and Anthony Titus will share information about their career paths […]

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Leitao and Perry in Global Design

Thurs, Feb 19, 6:30 PM @ the New Museum School of Architecture faculty Carla Leitao and Chris Perry‘s design practices, AUM Studio and pneumastudio, are both featured in a new book titled Global Design, edited by Pedar Anker, Louise Harpman, and Mitchell Joachim, and published by Prestel. Please feel free to attend the official launch this coming Thursday, February […]

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[Recent Lecture] Rhett Russo

Mon Feb 9th, 6:00 pm @ EMPAC RHETT RUSSO: “ARCHITECTURE IN SURPLUS” Rhett Russo, principal of Specific Objects Inc., is an internationally recognized architect and designer, and is an Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator of the Graduate Architecture Program at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Inspired by the transmissive capacities of matter and the […]

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Anthony Titus Exhibition

Jan 15 – Feb 14 @ Friedman Benda, New York, NY Exhibition: Accrochage ANTHONY TITUS, Assistant Professor and First-Year Coordinator at the Rensselaer School of Architecture, is exhibiting twenty new paintings in a group show at Friedman Benda Gallery in New York City. His twenty works in the show entitled Accrochage are from two distinct, yet related series of paintings. The […]

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Michael Oatman [Browns Fellowship]

SHOW: Feb 2-6, Greene 201. TALK: Wed Feb 4, Greene Gallery 6pm. “UNSIGNED” by Michael Oatman. From Monday February 2nd to Friday February 6th, Associate Professor Michael Oatman shared his traveling in Greene 201. Professor Oatman’s companion lecture took place on Wednesday February 4th at 6pm in the Greene Gallery, where he lectured on his traveling experiences, followed by a reception in Room 201.

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S15 Positions Series #1:
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Sat Feb 7h, 1pm @ Greene Gallery: “ON TECTONICS”_ This forthcoming Saturday, February 7th, 2015, the Rensselaer Positions Series will host its first event of the spring, “On Tectonics,” in the Greene Gallery. RPI alumni and faculty member Demetrios Comodromos will join architecture students Victoria Bell (B.Arch.) and Joseph Daniele (B.Arch.) for a set of […]

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Alumnus Steven Ehrlich Wins AIA National Award

Alumni News: Steven Ehrlich ’68 and his firm Ehrlich Architects has been awarded the 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award. This award is the highest honor the American Institute of Architects bestows on an architecture firm, and it recognizes a practice that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. Mr. Ehrlich will be […]

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S15 Positions Series :
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Sat Apr 18th, 5:30pm @ CASE/SOM: “IT’S ALIVE!”_ Date: Saturday, April 18th, 2015 Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill & Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology 14 Wall St # 25, New York, NY 10005 RSVP for current RPI-SoA students and alumni required to positions.series.rpi.soa@gmail.com On Saturday, April 18th, 2015, the Rensselaer Positions […]

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Gustavo Crembil [Browns Fellowship]

SHOW: Jan 26-30, Greene 201. TALK: Wed Jan 28, Gallery 6pm. Gustavo Crembil: “The State of the Informal” From January 26th through the 30th, Assistant Professor Gustavo Crembil shared his traveling in an exhibition in Greene 201. Professor Crembil’s companion lecture took place on Wednesday January 28th at 6pm in the Greene Gallery, where he lectured on his travel abroad, followed by a reception […]

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Design Intelligence 2014 Rankings

Rensselaer Architecture Ranks 14th in Nation. Dean Douglis Named Among 30 Most Admired Educators. The School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been ranked the 14th best undergraduate program in the nation by the journal DesignIntelligence. In addition, Rensselaer Dean of Architecture Evan Douglis was named among the 30 most admired educators in the […]

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EASTON+COMBS at OMI, Ghent NY

OPENING RECEPTION: Sat. Dec 13th 3-5pm @ OMI in Ghent, NY. Easton+Combs: “Mirage Garden” at OMI International Arts Center. The architectural firm EASTON + COMBS presents a gallery exhibition of studies and 3D models entitled MIRAGE GARDEN. Headed by Co-Founders and Principal Architects Lonn Combs and Rona Easton, with Michael Stradley on the design team, […]

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SPRING 2015 LECTURE SERIES

LECTURE SERIES (SPRING 2015). Admission is FREE. Except when noted, all lectures start 6:00pm at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. *** PLEASE NOTE: AIRES MATEUS LECTURE WAS MOVED FROM 4/15 TO 4/20**

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Fall Reviews Schedule

FALL 2014 FINAL REVIEWS Core, Vertical and Design Development studios present their production >> WEDNESDAY, DEC. 3RD, 2:00PM First Year Coordinator: Anthony Titus Instructors: Adam Dayem, Yael Erel, Serban Ionescu, Edwin Liu Guest Reviewers: Nate Hume, Adam Petela, Fleet Hower, Lauren Thompson, Gustavo Crembil, Bobby Johnston, Ruth Mandl, Palmer Thompson-Moss, Ethan Spigland, David Bell, Chris Perry, Ute Besenecker, Jeremy Gartner, Alexandra Rempel, Tom Roland, Dr. Cristoph A. Kumpusch, Rolando Vega, Ryan […]

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THEO JANSEN [RECENT LECTURE]

Wed Nov 19th, 6pm @ EMPAC: Theo Jansen: “Stranbeest Evolution: A New Form of Life”_ Theo Jansen, a world-renowned artist, engineer, and visionary futurist from the Netherlands, will present “Strandbeest Evolution: A New Form of Life” on Wednesday November 19th at 6:00pm at EMPAC. Renknowned for his kinetic sculptures, Jansen is the creator of Strandbeests – brilliantly […]

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Student-Run Series

Sat Nov 8th, 1:00pm @ Greene Gallery “LATENT TERRITORIES” On Saturday, November 8th, 2014, the Rensselaer Positions Series fifth discussion, “Latent Territories,” took place in the Greene Gallery. Guest speakers Felipe Correa, Mario Gooden, and Madeeha Merchant joined architecture students for a conversation on the emerging territories in the Middle East, South Africa (Johannesburg), and […]

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AIAS Portfolio Workshop

Fri Nov. 14 – Sat Nov. 15 @ Greene Gallery This Friday and Saturday, November 14th-15th, a three-part Portfolio Workshop will take place in the Greene Gallery, with designer Harold Linton as guest lecturer. The three-part Portfolio Workshop will consist of a portfolio review, lecture, and workshop. One-on-one reviews will begin at 2:00pm on Friday, followed by a lecture […]

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SPRING 2015 ELECTIVES

Please see here the list of elective courses available for next semester: SPRING 2015. ARCH4020 Bedford Sem: Advanced Building Structures (Civil) This interdisciplinary seminar consists of students from both the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering department. Presentation of a variety of structural typologies bears direct relation to practical experience and the necessity for constructive […]

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[RECENT LECTURE] Florencia Pita

Mon Nov 3rd, 6pm @ EMPAC: #COLORFORMING _FLORENCIA PITA is an architect and designer who has been engaged in the practice, teaching, and research of architecture at large. Based in Los Angeles, California as the principal of FPmod and collaborator at Pita and Bloom, Pita is known for her figurative and unexpected designs. Embracing the exuberant and prolific, Pita combines vivid color […]

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Sat Nov 1st, 1:50pm @ Greene Gallery: “CITIZENS” On Saturday, November 1, 2014, the Rensselaer Positions Series’ fourth discussion, “Citizens” took place in the Greene Gallery. Executive Director of the Architectural League of New York, Rosalie Genevro, along with RPI SoA faculty Brendan Moran, and student Mallory Buckner (B.Arch.) joined students for a conversation on […]

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Career Development

DISCUSSION: Wed Oct 22th, 6PM @ Greene 101 > “BLAST-OFF with Carla Leitao and Jonas Braasch”_ Professors Carla Leitao  and Dr. Jonas Braasch  will present information on their career paths, opportunities, outlook for the future, etc., in an informal setting (pizza will be served). There will be opportunities for discussion with a following question-answer session. About the Participants Carla […]

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[Positions series] Techne

DISCUSSION: Sat Oct 18th, 3PM@ Greene Gallery: “TECHNE” On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Rensselaer Positions Series third discussion, “Techne” took place in the Greene Gallery. New York City-based architects Michael B. Young and Kutan Ayata (Young & Ayata) as guest speakers along with RPI SoA faculty member and practicing architect Adam Dayem (actual/office) discussed the nature of modes of representation and examined the contemporary techniques and tools […]

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GUY NORDENSON [Upcoming Lecture]

Thu Oct 16, 6pm @ EMPAC: GUY NORDENSON: “READING STRUCTURES” Recognized for his independent research and innovative, collaborative work with architects, Guy Nordenson, principal of the New York firm Guy Nordenson and Associates, is a structural engineer and professor of architecture and structural engineering at Princeton University. He began his career as a draftsman in the […]

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Upcoming Event: Three Voices

Friday Oct 10th, 1 pm @ Greene Gallery: THREE VOICES. The Class of 1984 invites all to a special presentation on Friday, October 10th, where Daniel V. Hayden, Anne Schopf, and Scott T. Spencer will discuss their career paths and offer insights to working in the field of Architecture. The work and experiences of each of […]

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[Positions Series] Constructing Audiences

DISCUSSION: Saturday, October 4th, Greene Gallery, 1:30pm “CONSTRUCTING AUDIENCES” “Constructing Audiences,” as the next topic of discussion in the Rensselaer Positions Series, will examine pertinent ways in which architects engage people of today. Under varying circumstances and at divergent scales, from that of buildings to curated exhibitions, installations, and writings, architects are experts in the making […]

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[Positions Series] Constructing Audiences

DISCUSSION: Saturday, Oct 4th, Greene Gallery, 1:30pm. “CONSTRUCTING AUDIENCES” On Saturday, October 4, 2014, the Rensselaer Positions Series second event, “Constructing Audiences” took place in the Greene Gallery, with Brooklyn-based architect Gia Wolff as guest speaker. The topic “Constructing Audiences” examined pertinent ways in which architects produce and engage audiences of today through contemporary design ideas and approaches. The event […]

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Anthony Titus exhibition @ Milstein Hall (Cornell)

EXHIBITION: Sept 29th–Oct 22nd, 2014, Cornell University: Bibliowicz Family Gallery, Milstein Hall, M–F 9am–4pm “SURFACE MINING” ANTHONY TITUS, Assistant Professor and First-Year Coordinator at the Rensselaer School of Architecture, has launched his exhibition titled Surface Mining at Cornell University. The exhibition will run from September 29th through October 22nd at the Bibliowicz Family Gallery in Milstein Hall […]

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CONFERENCE: Oct 1-4, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Rensselaer chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is sending a delegation of two students and one faculty member to the 42nd Annual NOMA International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 1-4, 2014 at the historic Loews Philadelphia Hotel. With the theme, “For the LOVE of It: […]

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Recent Lecture: Neil Spiller (UK)

Wed October 01, 6pm @ EMPAC > NEIL SPILLER “COMMUNICATING VESSELS” Neil Spiller, Dean at the School of Architecture, Design & Construction at the University of Greenwich is well-known for his work as both an educator and as a practitioner of architecture. He is the founding Director of the Advanced Virtual and Technological Architecture Research […]

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[Browns Presentation] “Light and Health” Mariana Figueiro

Tue Sep 30 6pm WEBMINAR @ www.lrc.rpi.edu/brown MARIANA FIGUEIRO, Light and Health Program Director and Professor at the Lighting Research Center of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will speak about her recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship this Tuesday, September 30th. The presentation will be online at www.lrc.rpi.edu/brown. Mariana Figueiro: Teaching and Learning about Light and Health Brazilian-Cuban scientist Mariana Figueiro has concentrated […]

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Recent Lecture: Angelo Bucci (Brazil)

Wed 9/24, 6PM @ EMPAC ANGELO BUCCI/SPBR: “RECENT PROJECTS” Angelo Bucci, founder and principal of spbr (São Paulo, Brazil), is one of the most important architectural voices emerging from Latin America. Educated at the Universidade de São Paulo (USP), where he currently teaches, Bucci has created an architecture that represents both a continuity and an update of […]

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Influx book launch. Wed Sep 17, 6:30pm @ EMPAC

Dean Evan Douglis of the Rensselaer School of Architecture cordially invites you to attend the launch event and reception for Influx, a historic all-school publication that embodies the School of Architecture’s transdisciplinary approach to education, consistent theme of radical speculation, innovative pedagogical methods, and research addressing major global challenges. Influx features student work, school exhibitions, […]

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[Positions Series] Practice Matters

DISCUSSION: Saturday, Sept 20th, Greene Gallery, 1-3pm. “PRACTICE MATTERS” On Saturday September 20 2014, the Rensselaer Positions Series inaugural event “Practice Matters” took place in the Greene Gallery, with New York City-based architect Bika Rebek contributing her unique insight to the discussion as a guest speaker. The topic “Practice Matters” encouraged participants and observers to examine […]

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SoA RPI got wet!

On Tue. Sept 9, our school accepted RPI Lally School of Business’ challenge. In front of the line was Dean Douglis. This viral campaign aims to rise awareness and funds to prevent ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).  #icebucketchallenge, #alsicebucketchallenge, #strikeoutals.

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[Browns Presentation] “Re_Energizing the Mill Owner’s” by Erin Butler

SHOW: Sept 1-6, Greene 201. LECTURE: Thu Sept 4, 6pm, Greene Gallery. From September 1st-6th the exhibition of recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship recipient Erin M. Butler will be on display at the Greene Building. The September 4th presentation will begin at 6pm in the Greene Gallery, where Erin Butler will lecture on her experiences abroad, followed by a reception […]

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Comodromos & Oksiuta [Browns Presentation]

PRESENTATION: Wednesday, August, 27, 2014. Greene Gallery. 6pm. The Aug 27 presentation of two faculty traveling fellowships began at 6pm in the Greene Gallery, where both faculty members lectured on their experiences abroad. Demetrios Comodromos, Synesthesia “With computation’s ubiquitous role in the design, fabrication, and construction (execution) of the built environment, we have arrived at an intensive threshold. The virtual environments […]

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[Browns Presentation] “Material Agency” by Ted Ngai

SHOW: Sept 1-6, Greene 201. LECTURE: Wed Sept 3, Greene Gallery 6pm. From September 1st-6th, the exhibition of faculty member Ted Ngai will be on display at the Greene Building. The Sept 3rd presentation will begin at 6pm in the Greene Gallery, where Ngai will lecture on his experiences abroad, followed by a reception at Room 201. Ted Ngai: Material Agency “Non-anthropocentric form, […]

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Mallory Buckner & M. Leo Villardi [Browns presentation]

SHOW: Aug 25-29, Greene 201. LECTURE: Thu Aug 28, 6pm, Greene Gallery. From August 25th – 27th the two-part exhibition of recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship recipients Mallory N. Buckner and M. Leo Villardi will be on display at the Greene Building. The Aug 28 presentation will begin at 6pm, in the Greene Gallery, where both […]

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Fall 2014 LECTURE SERIES

Lecture Series (Fall 2014). Admission is FREE and will begin at 6pm. Except when noted, all lectures are at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180.

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Student Vote Due 8/29

2014 Design Intelligence Survey. Please consider participating in this year’s Design Intelligence survey of schools of architecture. If you are a firm, please use this survey. If you are a current student, please follow this link. Deadline: August 22nd DEADLINE EXTENDED (STUDENTS ONLY) > AUGUST 29, 2014 Dear Alumni, Students, and Friends of Rensselaer Architecture: […]

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[Postponed] Lecture:
Ming Fung

New Fall’14 Date Soon. MING FUNG: “RECENT WORK”. sponsored by ARCHITECTURE + HsinMing Fung, AIA, is Principal and Director of Design for the internationally renowned architecture firm Hodgetts + Fung (H+F). With a lifelong commitment to the arts and education, she brings a sensibility distilled from her background as an émigré to a design practice energized […]

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Yael Erel: Projected Topographies

OPENING: Mon 4/7, 6pm. SHOW:  4/7 – 4/18, Greene 201. Yael Erel: “Projected Topographies” a light installation Projected Topographies Light Installation: Yael Erel’s upcoming show is an interactive laboratory that exposes different micro-topographies of reflective surfaces as projected light drawings. The work is based on her graduate research at RPI and Subliminal Transcriptions Light Installation. Yael […]

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Urban Integration + Re-Design

REVIEW: March 5 & 7, Greene Gallery TODAY’S URBANITY + THE FABRIC OF TOMORROW [Final Project Mid-Semester Review] Midterm Reviews were concluded with a review of the work from Chris Perry and Ted Ngai’s thesis students. The work represents the halfway mark for students within their final year at the School of Architecture. Students and […]

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India-Rome Exhibit

Mon 3/31 to Fri 4/4. Opening Mon March 31, 6pm. The India – Rome exhibit will take place in 201 and the 2nd floor hallway. Food will be provided in the gallery!  

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FALL 2014 ELECTIVES

Please see here the list of courses available for next semester: FALL 2014. ARCH4020/CIVIL4020 Bedford Seminar: Advanced Building Structures (Civil) This interdisciplinary seminar consists of students from both the School of Architecture and Civil Engineering department. Presentation of a variety of structural typologies bears direct relation to practical experience and the necessity for constructive interdisciplinary […]

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INDIA, WHERE TO BE BLESSED BY ELEPHANTS

Wed March 26, 6PM, GR120. INDIA’15: FIRST MEETING. This Wednesday, March 26, at 6PM in room GR 120, there will be a meeting with professor David Bell to introduce the Spring 2015 India Study Abroad Program.

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CASE: New York City as Design Laboratory.

Wed March 26 7PM, GR120. FALL’14 @ CASE/NY: INFO MEETING. At this time, the School of Architecture is opening up applications for the Fall 2014 Semester in NYC Program at the Center for Architectural Science (CASE).  Prof. Demetrios Comodromos and your classmates that have attended the semester CASE program will be doing an open information session on […]

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Recent Lecture: Smiljan Radic (Chile)

Thu 3/20, 6pm @ EMPAC SMILJAN RADIC: “SURROUNDINGS” Smiljan Radic was born in Santiago de Chile in 1965. He studied at the Catholic University of Chile’s School of Architecture, where he graduated in 1989. Later, he studied at the Istituttto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Italy, travelled for three years on and off, and finally […]

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Inhabitation + Topography, Re-Defined

REVIEW: March 5 & 7, Greene Gallery THE TERRESTRIAL + THE EXTRA: Inhabiting the “Uninhabitable” [Final Project Mid-Semester Review] As the School’s 5th year students wrap up their final semester, the mid-semester review serves as a culmination from their fall research in Final Project I and the schematic design proposal under-works this spring with Final […]

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Andrew Saunders: Robotic Lattice Smock

SHOW: 3/17-21, Greene 201. LECTURE: Wed 3/19, 6pm, Greene Gallery Andrew Saunders: “Robotic Lattice Smock” (in collaboration with Robofold) [Browns Presentation] LECTURE: Wed 19, 6pm @ Greene Gallery Andrew Saunders: Assistant Professor, SoA-RPI Gregory Epps: Founder Robofold (London) In “Style: Style in the Technical and Tectonic Arts”, Gottfried Semper the nineteenth-century German architect and historian demonstrates that […]

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Joseph Fala: The Sacred & Avant-garde

Feb 28th, 7-8pm, First United Presbyterian Church JOSEPH FALA: “The Sacred & Avant-garde”     Joseph Fala, a student in his fourth year of studies at Rensselaer Architecture, will be performing a grandiose composition of the 20th century classical French masterworks at the First United Presbyterian Church in Troy, NY tonight at 7pm. All are […]

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Nick Axel @ Dubai’s Gulf Architecture Biennal

Alumnae Nick Axel (B. Arch 2010) awarded Honorable Mention by Dubai’s Gulf Architecture Biennale. Nick Axel: “Global Security Pipeline”. 02/25/2014. The Gulf Architecture Biennale has announced the results of the ‘Hormuz Bridge International Competition’. There were three winners, four honorable mentions, and 25 selected entries for the first publication. HONORABLE MENTION: Global Security Pipeline, by Nick Axel With the onset of […]

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[Rensselaer Positions Series]

The Positions Series is a collection of student-led discussion events taking place at the Rensselaer School of Architecture. Students Miguel Lantigua-Inoa (B.Arch), Allison Clark (M.Arch I), Elias Jackson Darham (M.Arch I), Emily Klein (B.Arch), and Dillon Webster (B.Arch) have been instrumental in the formation of the Positions Series. With a conversational basis, this forum for discussion aims […]

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Recent Lecture: Hernan Diaz Alonso

Mon 17, 6pm @ EMPAC. “FORM & GLOOM.” Hernan Diaz Alonso is principal and founder of Xefirotarch, a Los Angeles-based design practice. Considered one of the most influential voices of his generation, Diaz Alonso assumed the new role of Graduate Programs Chair at SCI-Arc, after having coordinate the school’s graduate thesis process for the past several years. […]

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[Browns’ Presentation] Sarah Goldfarb and Shen Li

SHOW: Feb 24-28, Greene 201. LECTURE: Mon Feb 24, 6pm, Greene Gallery. “Architec[ul]ture”(Sarah Goldfarb). “Rare Beast” (Shen Li). On Monday, February 10th opens the two-person exhibition of recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship recipients Sarah Goldfarb and Shen Li. The exhibitons will be held in 201 Greene. Golfarb’s presentation, “Architec[ul]ture”, is a reflection on her travels […]

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Ning Xiang: Acoustic in Coupled Spaces

Tue. March 4, 6pm @ Greene Gallery. Ning Xiang: “Acoustic in Coupled Spaces”. [Browns Fellow Presentation] Professor Ning Xiang, Acoustic Program’s Director will present highlights of his 2012 Browns Fellowship research traveling. Recent applications of coupled-volume systems in concert halls and stage-house adaptations in opera houses and theaters have prompted increasing interest in Architectural Acoustics. […]

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RECENT LECTURE: CATHERINE INGRAHAM

Wed Feb 26, 6PM @ EMPAC “Plasticity: Architecture and New Natures”. Catherine Ingraham is Professor of Architecture in the graduate architecture program at Pratt Institute in New York City, where she formerly served as Chair of Architecture from 1999-2005. Ingraham’s contributions to architectural culture are perhaps best summarized as an expansion beyond traditional disciplinary domains […]

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Shen Li: Rare Beast

SHOW: Feb 24-28, Greene 201 LECTURE: Mon Feb 24, 6pm, Greene Gallery SHEN LI: “RARE BEAST” [Brown’s Presentation] Thesis student, Shen Li presents RARE BEAST as a catalog of his travels across Europe. Li investigates “the specificity of form and surface” as part of the Brown’s Travel Fellowship that he was awarded in 2012. STYLE > […]

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Sarah Goldfarb: “Architec[ul]ture”

SHOW: Feb 24-28, Greene 201 LECTURE: Mon Feb 24, 6pm, Greene Gallery SARAH GOLDFARB: “Architec[ul]ture” [Brown’s Presentation] Alumni, Sarah Goldfarb lectures on ARCHITEC[UL]TURE as “an inquiry into the ethics of architecture in a Third World country striving to create a global identity in the 21st century.”  Goldfarb’s presentation is a reflection on her travels to […]

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S’14 FP Review Dates

ARCHITECTURE IN THE EXPANDED FIELD: Final Project Directed Research Sequence [ARCH 4980 + 4990] REVIEW DATES | SPRING 2014. Final Project 1 + 2 [F2013 – S2014] Design Phase [Part I] Wednesday, March 5 12:00 – 6:00 Greene Gallery   LEITAO (w/Ngai) CREMBIL (w/Perry) Design Phase [Part II] Friday, March 7 12:00 – 6:00 Greene Gallery   […]

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S’2014 Digital Wokshop

Starts Wed Feb 6th, 2PM DCC330 & 6PM @ DCC308 DIGITAL SESSIONS This Spring the school have scheduled a series workshops in which outside experts will come to Architecture | Rensselaer and teach a particular technique or skill. These workshops will run on Wednesdays and Thursdays. ATTENDANCE STUDENTS FROM ALL LEVELS ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO […]

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[Browns’ presentation] Parker Barnes Bunce and Michael Stradley

SHOW: Feb 10-20, Greene 201 LECTURE: Wed Feb 19, 6pm, Greene Gallery “Unspoken, with exuberance” (Bunce) “Heroic Silence” (Stradley) On Monday, February 10th opens the two-person exhibition of recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship recipients Michael Stradley and Parker Bunce. The exhibitons will be held in 201 Greene. Stradley’s exhibition, “Heroic Silence” is presented in […]

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Michael Stradley: Heroic Silence

SHOW: Feb 10-20, Greene 201 LECTURE: Wed Feb 19, 6pm, Greene Gallery Michael Stradley: “Heroic Silence” [Brown’s Presentation] Thesis student, Michael Stradley presents HEROIC SILENCE as his study of Swiss architecture, design, and design culture. This presentation covers his travels to Switzerland as part of the Brown’s Travel Fellowship that he was awarded in 2012. Heroic […]

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Parker Bunce: Unspoken, with Exuberance

SHOW: Feb 10-20, Greene 201 LECTURE: Wed Feb 19, 6pm, Greene Gallery Parker Bunce: “Unspoken, with Exuberance” [Brown’s Presentation] Thesis student, Parker Bunce presents UNSPOKEN, WITH EXUBERANCE as a study of “Understanding the Finnish sense of place” not as site or landscape but “to understand culturally something greater, something intrinsic, something absorbed, something experienced, something […]

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Recent Lecture: Roger Duffy

Mon Jan 27, 6pm @ EMPAC “S.O.M. An Evolving Legacy.” Roger Duffy is an American architect, known “for rigorous and unconventional approach to design” [Metropolis magazine]. He currently works as a partner at the renown firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He has been a design partner in the New York office since 1995, and is a member of the American Institute of […]

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Yugoslavia as Pangaea

Wed Jan 29, 6 pm @ Greene Gallery, ALEX DORN (Browns Fellow 2013) will present: Yugoslavia as Pangaea. First Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship lecture of the semester – this coming Wednesday, January 29 at 6 PM, Greene Gallery. Alumni Alex Dorn’s lecture  YUGOSLAVIA AS PANGAEA is presented as “a study of boundaries: shifts and […]

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BROWNS’14 WINNERS

Travel Fellowship: BROWNS 2014 WINNERS. The Dean’s Office is pleased to announce the winner of the 2014 Brown’s Traveling Fellowship for Students and Tenured-Faculty: Student Winners: Mallory Buckner, A Tactile Universe Andrew van Meerbeke, Interventions on the Built World William Pyatt, Architecture and the State – The Affect of Political Architecture Tenured-Faculty Winner: Dr. Ted […]

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Spring’14 Studios

Arch Design Faculty Roster: SPRING DESIGN STUDIOS @ Rensselaer School of Architecture

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2014 Final Project & Thesis Award Review

SATURDAY MAY 3RD, 11:30-6:00 @ GREENE GALLERY

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Nick Axel (class 2010) at Storefront for Art & Architecture, NYC.

Alumnae News: MAKING BEING DOING. December 17 to 21, Nick Axel (SoA-RPI’ 2010) will be in residency at Storefront for Art and Architecture as a part of their Younger than Storefront: Five-Day Artist Residencies program and BEING exhibition. About the project What is a residency for? What does one do during a residency? One works. But […]

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Saunders + Robofold

Browns Fellowship’13: ROBOTIC LATTICE SMOCK. Assistant Professor Andrew Saunders recently collaborated with Robofold (London, UK) in a design-research project with the support of SoA-RPI’s Browns Fellowship. Industrial design studio Robofold is one of “2013 Emerging Design Studio” nominees by ICON Magazine. Specialized curved folding techniques and robotic fabrication methods , the studio has been providing prototype for leading […]

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Recent Lecture: Philip Yuan

Thu Nov 21, 6pm @ EMPAC “Autonomous Tectonics”. Dr Philip F. Yuan is Associate Professor at the Architecture and Planning Institute of Tongji University, Shanghai, Director of Archi-Union Architects, and a member of the Shanghai Urban & Planning Consultant Community. He has won the following important domestic and international design awards: 2nd prize for Excellent […]

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JIAO-ZHI: TECTONIC INTERWORKINGS AT SHANGHAI’S SOUTH BUND

This catalog celebrates the student work developed during the 2012 joint design studio with CAUP / Tongji University, in Shanghai, and displays 16 students team projects with complementary essays. This 9-weeks intense design studio is the core component of SoA-RPI’s China Program, a biannual one-semester immersive cultural and academic exchange program.   >> “In the […]

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Prof. Comodromos distinguished as design educator

Faculty Recognition: DEMETRIOS COMODROMOS (RPI), one of “DesignIntelligence® 30 Most Admired Educators for 2014.” Each year, DesignIntelligence honors excellence in education and education administration by naming 30 exemplary professionals in these fields. The 2014 class of education role models was selected by DesignIntelligence staff with extensive input from thousands of design professionals, academic department heads, […]

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Julia Watson [lecture and opening]

MON NOV 11TH, 6PM @ GREENE GALLERY: “Landscape Architecture Without Landscape Architects.” The Study of the Subak system, sponsored by the Brown’s Faculty Fellowship allowed Prof Julia Watson to form a collaborative and work with the Indonesian Government to develop a design for culture, conservation and livelihood development to coexist. The lecture this coming Monday […]

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Re-Envisioning The MiSci At Schenectady

Regional Initiative: Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The MiSci At Schenectady OPENING RECEPTION

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Erin Butler Wins Browns Fellowship

New Program: 2014 Brown’s India Fellowship Awarded to Erin Butler. Erin Butler (class 2015) submitted the winning application for the new Browns’ India Fellowship.  Erin is our School’s first winner of this new program. She will travel to the Millowners Association Building in Ahmedabad, India, where she will work closely with Mr. Abhinava Shukla, the […]

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Recent Lecture: coop himmelb(l)au > WOLF PRIX

Mon Nov 4th, 6pm @ EMPAC Don’t worry. In two days tomorrow will be yesterday. Coop Himmelblau, also rendered Coop Himmelb(l)au,  avant-garde architecture firm that rose to prominence in the 1980s and ’90s. The two central members were Wolf D. Prix (b. December 13, 1942, Vienna, Austria) and Helmut Swiczinsky (b. January 13, 1944, Poznań, Poland). Coop Himmelblau was founded in 1968 by Prix, […]

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Recent Lecture: Elena Manferdini

Wed Oct 16th, 6pm @ EMPAC. “Unplugged”. Elena Manferdini graduated from the University of Civil Engineering (Bologna, Italy) and later received her master’s degree in architecture and urban design from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2004, she founded Atelier Manferdini, a design office in Los Angeles, California. The office is based on a multi-scale […]

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Recent Lecture: Shinichi Ogawa

Mon Oct 7th, 6pm @ EMPAC. “Invisible Detail: Between Minimal and Maximal”. Japanese architect Shinichi Ogawa was born in Yamaguchi. He received his diploma from Nihon University in 1978. While studying, he participated in a exchange scholarship program at Washington State University. In 1984, he was awarded a fellowship from the Japanese government to study […]

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Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The MiSci at Rensselaer

Regional Initiatives Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The MiSci At Schenectady OPENING RECEPTION & BOOK LAUNCH Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013, 3:00 pm Please join members of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture and the miSci Museum at a special event celebrating the opening of an exhibition of student work showcasing design proposals aimed at re-envisioning the museum’s […]

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Recent Lecture: Odile Decq

Thu Sep 26, 6pm @ EMPAC. “Horizons”. Odile Decq is an award-winning French architect and academic. She is the director of the Paris firm, Studio Odile Decq, previously known as Odile Decq Benoît Cornette Architectes Urbanistes or ODBC Architectes. Related links: www.odiledecq.com/ After graduating in architecture in 1978, Decq received a Diploma in Urbanism and Planning […]

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Alejandro Zaera-Polo: Envelopes

AZPML (Alejandro Zaera-Polo and Maider Llaguno Architecture) is an international practice based in London, Zurich, Barcelona, and Princeton. The firm was established in the post split of FOA and has a strong commitment to innovation in architecture and urban design.

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Mark Burry: Gaudi + The 4th Dimension

Perhaps most well known for his work on the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Mark Burry is an established international architect focused primarily on putting theory into practice with regard to ‘challenging’ architecture. He is the Director of RMIT University’s Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory and is also the founding director of RMIT University’s Design Research Institute.

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Anna Dyson: Built Ecologies

Anna Dyson is an educator at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer. She is the director of The Center for Architecture, Science, and Ecology (CASE), which hosts the Graduate Program in Architectural Sciences, concentrated in Built Ecologies. Anna Dyson Work

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David Reed: Vampire Painting

Painter David Reed is known for works which are engaged in a crossover between film, electronic media, and everyday culture. His works are exhibited in numerous museums across the world, including the Guggenheim in New York City and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

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Matias del Campo: Sublime Bodies

Matias del Campos’s work engages natural formations in our environment to create architectural form. He is a founder and partner at SPAN, based in Vienna, Austria.

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Prefab Architecture

Prefab Architecture, sponsored by Dave Jepson (class of ’63), showcased the work of prefabricated architecture and its presence in the built world today. The symposium featured lectures by Jennifer Siegel (Office of Mobile Design), Joseph Tanney (Resolution 4 Architecture), Johannes Thordarson (Glama Kim), and Geoffrey Warner (Alchemy Architects).

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Jorge Silvetti: Recent Work

Jorge Silvetti is a partner and a founder of Machado and Silvetti Associates (Architecture and Urban Design) based in Boston Massachusetts and in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their work is comprised of a careful integration of the clients’ aspirations, the project’s programmatic requirements, and the nature and character of the place for which the proposal is […]

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Peter Eisenman (Lecture Spring 2013)

Professor Kenneth L. Warriner Memorial Lecture Series. A Defense of Architecture. As a world-renown architect, Peter Eisenmans’ professional work is often reflective upon his own writings on the faculty. Both the built and theoretical realm of Eisenman’s works concentrate on studying the layers of physical and cultural archaeologies at each site. Peter Eisenman is an […]

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Alisa Andrasek: Open Synthesis

Alisa Andrasek is a researcher, experimental practitioner, and educator of computational architecture and design. She is the founder of Biothing, a research laboratory that concentrates on computational potentials in design.

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Neri Oxman: Neri Oxman, MIT Media Lab (Spring 2013 Lecture)

Founder of MIT’s Media Lab, Neri Oxman, has dedicated her profession as a designer and architect towards investigating how our built world can be influenced by fabrication technologies and digital design techniques.

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Recent Lecture: Michael Hansmeyer

Thu Sep 12, 6pm @ Empac. “Digital Grotesque” Based in the CAAD group at ETH’s architecture department in Zurich, Michael Hansmeyer is dedicated in developing algorithmic architecture and complex structures by using generative art mentalities and other computational softwares. ” In the Digital Grotesque project, we use these algorithms to create a form that appears […]

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SPRING 2014 LECTURE SERIES

Lecture Series (Spring 2014). Admission is FREE and will begin at 6pm. Except when noted, all lectures are at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. Monday, January. 27 ROGER DUFFY SOM: An Evolving Legacy Wednesday, February 26 CATHERINE INGRAHAM Plasticity: Architecture and […]

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Mallory Buckner (class 2015) in ‘Art by Architects’ (AIA Houston)

Student News: BArch student Mallory Buckner exhibited her art work at “Art by Architects”. AIA Houston Art by Architects is a juried exhibition showcasing art by local AIA members and architecture students. Selected works was available for sale with a portion benefiting Architecture Center Houston Foundation. Art by Architects Exhibition July 26, 2013 – July 31, 2013 […]

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The New Sharon & David Jepson ’63 Fund

Making a Difference. Celebrating Reunion With a Gift.   David Jepson ’63 is marking the celebration of his 50th reunion year in a grand way, with a $500,000 gift to the Institute.  David and Sharon Jepson’s gift will begin to fund the Sharon H. and David G. Jepson ’63 Fund for the School of Architecture, […]

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Eric Tan (’09) named “2013 Young Gun”

Emergent talent and leadership. Eric Tan was recently recognized by the Curbed Network as one of the “2013 Young Guns“. Gensler Principal Maddy Burke-Vigeland, who has worked with Tan on a number of projects, says: “As a young architect, he is engaging, he crosses disciplines, he connects with clients, he connects with interns… he’s a natural leader […]

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Spring 2013 Reviews

FINAL REVIEWS SCHEDULE: Monday April 29 Studio: URBAN FURNITURE Time: 2pm / Location: Gallery Instructor: Lonn Combs Guest Critics: Jesse LeCavalier, Angie Co, Daniel Ramirez, Francesco Bedeschi, Donald Sherefkin, Yael Erel, Philipp Von Dalwig, Adam Dayem, Jeremie Carvalho, Francis Bitonti, Mark Mistur, Chris Perry, Elena Perez-Guembe Wednesday May 01 Studio: FINAL PROJECT 2 (Directed Research) Time: 2pm / Location: Gallery East Instructor: Jeremie Carvalho Guest Critics: Reese Campbell, Lonn Combs, Elena Perez-Guembe, Florencia […]

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Julia Watson assigned Use Case Leader

Assistant Professor Julia Watson has been assigned as Use Case Leader for the IEEEActionable Data Book for STEM Education for the Bali World Heritage Site Interactive Guidebook. Using the Bali World Heritage Site Guidebook, co-written with Dr Steve Lansing, Assistant Professor Julia Watson will be assisting ex-Apple Technology Group Leader Tyde Richards, with development of the IEEE […]

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SoA @ CANstruction

WE ARE NOT IN CANSAS ANYMORE! The 3rd annual Canstruction is on its way at Albany’s State Museum. This program not only highlights the ingenuity of those in the architecture, engineering and construction fields, but also serves as a fundraising and canned food drive for the Food Pantries of the New York’s Capital District. This year, […]

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Crembil wins “VIDA Art & Artificial Life” grant

Assistant Professor Gustavo Crembil was awarded a prestigious VIDA 1.4 Art & Artificial Life Production Incentive for “TZ’IJK,” an art installation that will use mud-encased giant spherical robots to provide insights into possible parallel narratives between contemporary robotics and Mayan creation myths. Crembil shares the award with collaborator Paula Gaetano-Adi, a former electronic arts instructor […]

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6 SHOWS ONLY @ EMPAC

Feb 28, March 1 & 2. 7pm & 9pm.  SoA + HASS  + EMPAC // RPI’s School of Architecture (SoA) and School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS),  in conjunction with EMPAC are pleased to present: THE MACHINE STARTS A new media performance under the direction of renowned visiting artists Mary Ellen Strom and […]

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OCCUPY DUBAI

Tue Feb, 6 pm @ The Greene Gallery, TYLER HOPFT (Browns Fellow 2013) will present: occupy DUBAI. What 99%? The project is an exploration on the flamboyance and extravagance of the extremely wealthy.  One measure of this within architecture is the height of the towers and the speed of growth in a city. Dubai has […]

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EMERGENT VERTISCAPES

Tue Feb, 6 pm @ The Greene Gallery, RICHARD OFF (Browns Fellow 2010) will present: EMERGENT VERTI-SCAPES. Innovative High-Rise Development & Hyper-Dense Urbanism In Southeast Asia. Kuala Lumpur + Singapore / Hong Kong + Shanghai The developing nations of China and Malaysia are emerging as industrial powers, and their foremost cities are building extensive skylines […]

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Digital Sessions S’2013

@ Digital Futures Lab, 7-9PM. Greene Building 2nd Floor. All session are from 7-9PM. All dates are tentative per school conflicts. Please refer to the weekly emails for exact dates. Contact *protected email* with any questions. DIGITAL SESSIONS SCHEDULE PROCEDURAL TECTONICS > 1/30 – 1/31: An introduction to the use of Grasshopper’s analysis and recursive features for the […]

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FALL 2013 LECTURE SERIES

Lecture Series (Fall 2013). Admission is FREE and will begin at 6pm. Except when noted, all lectures are at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180.

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2012 Smart Geometry

March 19-24, 2012 @ EMPAC. Smart Geometry 2012: MATERIAL INTENSITIES. Host Directors: Demetrios Comodromos + Jefferson Ellinger. Imagine the design space of architecture was no longer at the scale of rooms, walls and atria, but that of cells, grains and vapour droplets. Rather than the flow of people, services, or construction schedules, the focus becomes the […]

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Perry Goes Soft

Geofutures‘ Director Chris Perry writes in [bracket] # 2 Edited by Neeraj Bhatia and Lola Sheppard of Infranet Lab, this second volume in the impressive [bracket] series “examines the use and implications of soft today – from the scale of material innovation to territorial networks.” In a back-to-back series of short presentations, [bracket] editorial advisors […]

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Superdome by Alex Dorn & Tyler Hopft

@ 10 Top Images on Archinect’s “Student Work” Pinterest Board superNODE by TYLER HOFT AND ALEX DORN Design Development Studio Critics: Mark Mistur and Demetrios Comodromos  UNstudio’s ‘Newer Orleans’ project was re-adressed formally, programatically and conceptually and then developed to DD.

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2012S_S(aroud)OUND_Oatman Studio

Smart Geometry @ EMPAC SPECIAL preview performance. This Friday night, at 8.30 PM for ARCH, ARTS and Smart Geometry attendees. Troy Gasholder, 1115 5th avenue, Troy, NY 12180. There will be shuttles leaving the EMPAC circle starting at 8-ish, and running until 11 PM.  It will probably also be a great night for a walk, […]

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300 Clouds_(Benjamin Badeau)

A video by 2011 Architecture graduate Benjamin Badeau, 300 Clouds Benjamin Badeau’s 300 Clouds re-contextualizes Chris Marker’s 1962 film La Jetée, imagining a different Earth and a new set of challenges shaped by the myriad, interwoven environmental catastrophes of the past 50 years. Will the count continue to slip, or can the ominous forms on […]

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“Sleeping Life” Anthony Titus

Exhibition @ Glass Gallery, Greene Building / RPI SLEEPING LIFE, by Anthony Titus Opening Reception: October 25th at 6PM. This elegant show of constructed paintings takes its imagery, forms and themes from the history of painting, the cartoon stylizations of the Superflat movement, and the presentation of landscape as mediated by television. The Opening Reception […]

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Spring 2013 Lecture Series

Lecture Series (Spring 2013). Admission is FREE and will begin at 6pm. Except when noted, all lectures are at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. ///  

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What makes a good architecture school?

CASE/RPI featured at ARCHDAILY.

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Fall 2011 Lecture Series

Lecture Series (Fall 2011) Admission is FREE and will begin at 6pm. All lectures are at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center, 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. Schedule JOEL SANDERS Groundwork: Between Landscape and Architecture Wed Sept 7th – Concert Hall HEATHER ROBERGE Sheet Logics Wed Sept 21st […]

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Perry Hall Exhibition

Exhibition Perry Hall: ‘Tidal Empire’ Opening Reception: Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2011, 6 pm Location: Green Gallery, School of Architecture (2nd floor) Perry Hall uses a set of experimental techniques that draw upon the organizing principals found in nature. In his Livepaintings (time-based paintings), he stimulates paint with temperature changes, vibration, turbulence, and various substances, transforming […]

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Fall 2012 Lecture Series

Lecture Series (Spring 2012) Admission is FREE and will begin at 6pm. Except when noted, all lectures are at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. Schedule MATIAS DEL CAMPO Sublime Bodies Wed, October 17, 6pm – 8pm Theater @ EMPAC DAVID REED […]

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Digital Sessions F’2012

Digital Futures Lab @ Greene Building 2nd Floor. Blog:  www.kinch-sessions.com As in the past semester, Casey Rehm will be available for studio and student specific workshops or assistance on Friday’s from 11-5.  Please contact him at *protected email* to schedule a meeting. Additionally, this semester Fleet Hower will be available to additional assistance on Monday’s […]

Hyde Collection Charrete (Fall 2011)

Regional Initiative: Master Planning & Design Charrette Hyde Collection SCHEDULE Session 1: SETTING THE AGENDA Thursday, September 22, 6-9:00pm 6:00p   Welcome Comments: Andrew Saunders, Assistant Professor and charrette co-coordinator Mark Mistur, Associate Dean and charrette co-coordinator 6:10p   The Opportunity and Charge: David Setford, Director Erin Coe, Curator Board Members 6:30p   The Hyde Collection: Opportunity […]

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Final Project: Chris Perry Section (2011-12)

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Smart Geometry 2012

@ The Huffington Post. PRESS COVERAGE

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Book Launch

Sunday April 1st, 5:30 pm. BUILDING FUTURES: RE-ENVISIONING THE HYDE AT RENSSELAER. The Hyde Collection: 161 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. The Hyde Collection’s board of trustees and David F. Setford, executive director, along with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Dean of the School of Architecture Evan Douglis, cordially invite you to attend the book launch […]

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Press Coverage:

S(around)ound @ The Gasholder Building (Audio slideshow). Times Union (Albany). March 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm by Michael Janairo, Arts & Entertainment Editor. Violinist Todd Reynolds returned to the Gasholder Building in Troy to perform last Saturday and Sunday night in “S(around)ound” — pronounced “surround sound.” The experimental violinist and composer worked with students from […]

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2012 Smart Geometry

MARCH 12-24, 2012. The sg2012 challenge, Material Intensities, is intended to dissolve our notion of the built environment as inert constructions enclosing physically sealed spaces. Spaces and boundaries are abundant with vibration, fluctuating intensities, shifting gradients and flows. The materials that define them are in a continual state of becoming: a dance of energy and […]

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Oksiuta @ EMPAC

Faculty Lecture: A Biological Future? In his research, Rensselaer Architecture professor Zbigniew Oksiuta develops living biological habitats by combining art, architecture, engineering, and the biological sciences. His work looks beyond historical, social, urbanistic, and aesthetic factors to reduce the notion of space to its absolute minimum: the physical and chemical parameters that enable physiological existence. […]

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Oatman Studio Review

Exhibition. Thursday March 1st, 2:00 PM. Greene Gallery.

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Spring 2012 Lecture Series

Lecture Series (Spring 2012) Admission is FREE and will begin at 6pm. Except when noted, all lectures are at EMPAC / The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media + Performing Arts Center . 110 8th Street, Troy NY 12180. Schedule PATRICK SCHUMACHER Parametric Order Mon Feb 13th –  Theater ALICE AYCOCK Work Wed Feb 15th –  […]

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3D Systems Partners With RPI

Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The Hyde at Rensselaer Company Prints Students’ Proposals for Unified Hyde Collection Campus. ROCK HILL, S.C., Feb 14, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) — When a beloved museum in upstate New York needed a new master plan for its sprawling campus, it turned to a potent resource to spark the brainstorm: students at […]

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Re-envisioning The Hyde (Opening)

Preview Reception: Friday February 10, 2012.

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Digital Sessions S’2012

Digital Sessions by Casey Rehm at Digital Futures Lab. Workshop Blog : http://rpi-digitalarch.blogspot.com/ or http://www.kinch-sessions.com/ Tutorials will be posted to the blog the following week.  Students are also encouraged to submit examples of their work from the sessions for publication. All sessions to be held in Digital Futures Lab (Greene Building) from 7-9pm unless otherwise noted. Workshops will […]

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Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The Hyde at Rensselaer

Regional Initiatives Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The Hyde At Rensselaer   The Hyde Collection’s board of trustees and David F. Setford, executive director, along with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Dean of the School of Architecture Evan Douglis, cordially invite you to attend the opening reception for an exhibition of future architectural ideas for the development of The […]

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Patrick Schumacher : Parametric Order

Patrik Schumacher is partner  at the internationally renowned Zaha Hadid Architects studio , and a founding director of the Design Research Lab (DRL) at the Architectural Association in London. ///

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TEDx Talk by E/Ye Design

/ Jefferson Ellinger, Assistant Professor / New Architectures: Nature and Phenomena TedX Talk Jackson Hole, WY. October 2nd, 2011 Jefferson Ellinger (Assistant Professor at RPI) and Nona Yehia, partners in the architecture firm E/Ye Design, practice and conduct research at their office in Wyoming and at CASE/Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York City. Talk: Architects, […]

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Method Design wins AIA Award

/ Demetrios Comodromos, Clinical Professor / Method Design wins AIA Award for DPR Residence METHOD DESIGN 377 Park Avenue South, Floor 2 New York, NY 10016 p. 212.203.5524 f.  212.625.2502 dac@methoddesign.com www.methoddesign.com

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Fall 2011 Final Project Reviews

Fall 2011 Schedule (December 2nd, 2011): Final Project 1 & Thesis Reviews   LEITAO (Gallery East) Time Student Degree Guest(s) Fac. Helper(s) Title 11:00 AM Sean Burns B.Arch Ed Keller Anthony Titus Zbigniew Oksiuta Death of a Stadium 11:30 AM Sheldon Pei B.Arch Ed Keller Anthony Titus Zbigniew Oksiuta Reconstitution of the Olympic Stadium 12:00 […]

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DWELL: exhibition at Woodside Arts Center

/ Michael Oatman, Associate Professor / DWELL: An exhibition curated by Michael Oatman and Leah Rico Opening and Reception SUNDAY, October 9, from 5:30-8:30 PM Contemporary Arts Center, Woodside, South Troy. NY. Beer provided by Brown’s Brewing, music by local stars SUPER 400. DWELL features 6 site-specific works that question the conventions, symbols and role(s) […]

Hyde Collection Charrete (September 22 – 24 , 2011)

Master Planning & Design Charrette. Coordinators: Andrew Saunders, Mark Mistur.

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Rome Prize winner

Lonn Combs, Assistant Professor Lonn Combs awarded American Academy in Rome Prize. Each year, through a national competition, the Rome Prize is awarded to approximately thirty individuals who represent the highest standard of excellence in the arts and humanities. Prize recipients are invited to Rome for six months to two years to immerse themselves in […]

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Choice Market (Evan Douglis)

New Work by Evan Douglis “The Brooklyn emporium Choice has opened its latest location in Dumbo, and the new cafe reflects the district’s industrial-chic aesthetic. A subdued palette of tan Chinese stone, polished concrete, and Cor-ten steel offers a comfortable yet contemporary look, but a surprise awaits overhead in the cafe’s exuberant ceiling. With volutes […]

Andrew Saunders wins FLATCUT / Acadia 2011 Competition

/ Andrew Saunders, Assistant Professor / / FLATCUT / Acadia 2011 Competition / LIGHTING Category Winner: LUMINESCENT LIMACON by Andrew Saunders LUMINESCENT LIMACON is a folded lighting design by Andrew Saunders, an Assistant Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York. The Luminescent Limacon is inspired partly from the Dutch Ruff, or flamboyant […]

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Lonn Combs

Changing Rooms Installation by Easton + Combs (Lonn Combs, Assistant Professor) Location: Extension Gallery, Chicago. CHANGING ROOM is a mirage of the intimate in the realm of the public. As the daydream is to daily life, a momentary slippage that can re-qualify the onslaught of a quotidian continuum, so too is the CHANGING ROOM to […]

Thom Mayne (Fall 2010 Lecture)

Professor Kenneth L. Warriner Memorial Lecture Series Questions on the continuity of contradiction Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne is founder of the influential studio Morphosis and co-founder of the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He marries conceptual ideas with form, challenging the way we perceive structure, building and the environment. From www.ted.com: Widely regarded as […]

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Tom Wiscombe (Fall 2010 Lecture)

Fall 2010 Lecture Series Composite Assemblies Tom Wiscombe is the founder and principal of EMERGENT, an internationally recognized design office operating at the forefront of digital design since 1999. EMERGENT’s work stands out in terms of its synthesis of form, pattern, color, and technology. In 2009, ICON Magazine named Principal Tom Wiscombe one of the […]

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Perry Kulper Exhibition (Fall 2010)

Exhibition Perry Kulper: ‘Rare Breeds + Extinct Species’ Opening Reception: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, 6 pm Location: Green Gallery, School of Architecture (2nd floor) Biography: Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at  the University of Michigan. Prior to his arrival at the University of  Michigan he was a member of the […]

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Material Manifestations Exhibition (Fall 2010)

An exploration on potential futures for the Shaker legacy.

Anna Dyson/CASE @ 2009 Metropolis Conference (Spring 2009)

Connecting academic research with architecture’s need for innovation. Anna Dyson, the director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s graduate program in architectural materials research, talks about a ground-breaking educational/research program called Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), a joint research effort between RPI and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Spillout!

The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company explores the symbiosis of architecture and dance taking the performers and the audience to the extreme edge of discovery as the dancers spill over, under, through, around and deeply into an inhabitable installation. Experiencing Spillout! will give students the unique opportunity to explore an artistic environment that is unlike anything […]

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2010 Copenhagen_Comodromos-Campbell

(Summer) D151ORT Pavilion at Copenhagen Distortion Festival. The project is a international collaboration between students from the Architecture, Experiment and Technology master course at Department 8, Royal School of Architecture led by Niels Andersen and Ali Tabatabai and CITA (the Centre for IT and Architecture) at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts School of Architecture, […]

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