Rensselaer | Architecture Rensselaer | Architecture Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:23:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 ART_X / PIP Studio (Spring16) Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:19:38 +0000 Across-the-curriculum:


On May 17th 2016 in EMPAC’s Goodman Studio an evocative multi-media black box theatre work was presented that engaged the poetics of night. Ninety-two abstract architectural models interact on a luminous glass-surfaced interface-table to produce a computer-generated visual and sonic environment in seven movements to the live accompaniment by ten improvisational musicians. The audience freely interacts with the objects and thereby participates in the production of the performance while experiencing it. The purpose-built technical system supporting the performance tracks the presence, location, orientation and movement of the objects producing four large-scale projections as well as musical scores that move in the space with the movement of objects. Spoken poetic texts related to the theme of night are enfolded into the performance.

The work is highly interdisciplinary involving students from architecture humanities, science, and engineering over the course of a year.

This project is sponsored by the Chris ’49 and Marcia Paris Jaffe Program in Art, Music and Architecture as one of a long series of interdisciplinary works sponsored by Jafffe family for over two decades. The Production, Installation and Performance (PIP) projects link architecture faculty and students to Arts faculty and students to produce a new performance in collaboration with an invited visiting artist. This year, Bill Seaman, media artist and Professor at Duke University collaborated with Architecture professor Ted Krueger and Distinguished Research Professor of Music Pauline Oliveros and their students. In addition, Prof Jonas Braasch, an architectural acoustician, and Director of Renselaer’s Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture and Jim Heldler, Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor of Computer and Cognitive Science, Head of the Computer Science Department, participated as consulting scientists.

The confluence of science, art, and design in this project illustrates well, the Art_X@Rensselaer initiative that links projects across disciplines as part of the vision for a New Polytechnic. The project was prototyped at the CRAIVE lab, a NSF-funded research facility specializing in collaborative work within highly mediated environments, and presented at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center that also supported the project by providing space, equipment, and expertise.



Bedford Chair Wed, 01 Jun 2016 22:54:04 +0000 Faculty Position:


The School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is seeking to fill its distinguished Bedford Visiting Professorship, a three-year, part- time contractual (non-tenure-track) appointment that will bring an internationally renowned structural engineer to the School to oversee our interdisciplinary courses designed for architecture and civil engineering students.  The term of this position will be August 2016 – July 1, 2019.

The successful candidate will be a structural engineer with an earned doctorate (or foreign degree equivalent), and will have a record that demonstrates commitment to interdisciplinary education, practice and research. The successful candidate will also demonstrate exemplary experience and leadership in the design and construction of progressive buildings through at least five years of progressively responsible related professional activity.  Candidates must have a body of work that demonstrates expertise in building systems, systems integration, and in technologies supporting innovative approaches to design and construction.  They should have extensive practical experience and a record of exemplary leadership in the design and delivery of innovative engineering / architectural projects.  Candidates engaged in the leadership of exemplary building engineering practices who collaborate with leading architectural professionals are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach interdisciplinary courses in both a seminar and studio format, and will be responsible, in coordination with assigned School of Architecture and Engineering faculty members, to organize and lead an 8-10-day traveling workshop annually, typically at the end of May / beginning of June.

Application instructions

Please send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and the names of at least three professional references to:

Chair of the Bedford Visiting Professorship Search Committee
c/o Pamela Zepf, Executive Assistant – Greene 115
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street
Troy, NY  12180-3590

Application materials also may be submitted electronically to *protected email*

Review of applications will begin May 20, 2016, and continue until the position is filled.


Design Intelligence Annual Survey Wed, 25 May 2016 02:38:28 +0000 DesignIntelligence Annual Survey.

If you are a student, click here: Student_Architecture_Survey
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Dear Students, Alumni and Friends

As Dean of Rensselaer’s School of Architecture, I am writing to encourage you participate in the DesignIntelligence yearly survey of schools of architecture. Every year, DesignIntelligence issues rankings of the Best Architecture and Design Schools based upon feedback they receive from professional firms throughout the country. Although these rankings represent a small selective view of a school’s overall performance, they have shown to have a significant impact on increasing student enrollment, invigorating the alumni base, attracting institutional support with respect to funding and faculty positions, and overall raising awareness around the world of the reputation of our distinguished program.

DesignIntelligence has asked architecture schools once again to reach out to students, friends and alumni of their respective schools and leading practitioners throughout the U.S. We invite you to fill out the brief, anonymous survey in an effort to strengthen our rankings for our school’s programs.

It’s also important to note that the survey often favors larger schools with an extensive alumni base represented in offices throughout the U.S. In light of that larger context, it’s important to ensure that smaller schools with outstanding reputations like Rensselaer that continue from one year to the next to offer an exemplary education to our students in preparation of a changing and complex world, receive the proper recognition they deserve.

Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey and highlight Rensselaer’s School of Architecture as a program that is best preparing students for success in the design profession.

Please plan to finish the survey in one sitting; you will not be able to return to the survey at a later time. The responding party must be in a leadership position qualified to hire employees. If you are not qualified to complete this questionnaire on your firm’s behalf, we ask that you forward it on to a more appropriate person. Individual responses will be kept confidential but a listing of the responding firms will be published.

All survey answers go directly to DesignIntelligence via their confidential online survey. Please respond at your earliest possible convenience.

Thank you in advance for your generous support!

Evan Douglis, Dean
School of Architecture
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Ghana Rotch Studio Wed, 01 Jun 2016 20:03:41 +0000 Design-Build @ Rensselaer Architecture:


The “Golden Cube” is a full-scale shelter structure developed, designed and built recently by a group of 3rd and 4th year students of Rensselaer School of Architecture led by Associate Professor Gustavo Crembil and PhD candidate Mae-Ling Lokko.

Supported by the 2016 Rotch Foundation Travel Studio grant, it was designed as a temporary structure for the Chale Wote Festival in Ghana, a street art-festival in Old Accra aimed at using dynamic public programming and creative arts to among other goals, influence a new model for urban regeneration.

The shed is built with custom-made cellulose (recycled paper) pressed panels using flour and starch as a binding agents. Made up of three basic types, that follow Truchet tiling pattems, the panels employ historical Ghanaian adinkra ideography organizational principles and logic to describe the shed’s social and environmental program. Coated with metallic gold, the color of the panels  leverages the earliest form of Ghanaian adinkra artifacts in the form of gold weights and in order to propose new value for waste.

The method of production with low-tech, easily deployable and available technologies in contexts like Ghana, drove the production methods, pressing equipment and assembly of the Golden Cube. Over the spring break, a group from the Crembil / Lokko Studio visited Jamestown, Accra the site of the Chale Wote festival as well as engaged ongoing collaborators including Ashesi University’s Design Lab, innovative local architects and Chale Wote artists.

Crembil / Lokko Studio is part of a wider academic-industrial initiative initiated by CASE to propel the upcycling of biomaterial waste from agri-industry towards critical urban development interventions. Concurrently, CASE’s architecture studio has been investigating valuable models for technology transfer with coconut agricultural waste developed at CASE NYC led by Demetrios Comodromos, Anna Dyson and Josh Draper.


Professor Nancy Diniz Exhibits at EYEBEAM Wed, 18 May 2016 22:12:14 +0000 TALK: Wed. Apr 27,  GR Gallery @ 6:00 pm; SHOW: Apr 25-29, GR 201

Professor Nancy Diniz Exhibits at EYEBEAM

“Eyebeam opens its studios to the public for a two week show of recent projects exploring concepts of scale. These projects, the result of six months of research, share an ability to switch with ease from the view up close to the distant perspective.

Whether shifting scale through physical size, optical resolution, biological complexity or political organizing, they show that reality can seem totally different depending on context or even viewpoint. The world is not flat, but round like a lens.” -To Scale, Eyebeam

Project Residents:

Annelie Koller
Ayodamola Okunseinde
Salome Asega
Brendan Byrne
Bryan Ma
Frédéric Eyl
Richard The
Jackie Sumell
Ron Morrison
Abigail Phillips
Nancy Diniz
Niko Koppel
Pamela Liou
Tal Danino

Part of the Industry City Open Studios.

Navigating/Negotiating the Night at EMPAC Studio 1 Tue, 17 May 2016 01:17:55 +0000 Tuesday May 17, 7:30pm @ EMPAC Studio 1:

This Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at 7:30pm will be the performance of “Navigating and Negotiating Sound Architectures of the Night”, a collaboration between visiting artist Bill Seaman (Duke) and students from the schools of Architecture, HASS, and Science.

This performance is a major evocative multi-media black box theater work which engages with the poetics of night through an interactive structure of 84 abstract architectural models. These models are explored over time through multiple sonic and architectural movements, through placement and spatial movement/displacement, as well architectural abstraction. A specially designed glass interface table enables participants from the audience to interact with the work and become part of the performance. A computational sensing system and specially authored computer code enables one to juxtapose projection-like texture maps of night-related imagery, forming large format virtual  and architectural landscapes presented as 4 large scale projections in the space. The actions of the participants drive a 7 movement generative and interactive musical score and a series of 10 live audio improvisers add additional layers to the interactive musical score. Multiple architectonic sculptures become part of the “set” and poetic Texts related to the night theme are enfolded as part of the environment.

This interdisciplinary project is a collaboration of the School of Architecture’s PIP studio and a part of Art_X@Rensselaer. Funding and support provided by Chris ’49 and Marcia Paris Jaffe Program in Art, Music and Architecture.

This project was led by faculty Ted Kruger (ARCH), Pauline Oliveros (HASS), guest artist Bill Seaman (Duke), Jonas Braasch (ARCH), and Jim Hendler (COGSCI), assisted by Ute Besenecker, and Andrea Williams.


2015S_Arch Design 1_Yazdanseta Section Fri, 13 May 2016 22:22:09 +0000 ARCH-2810 |Farzam Yazdanseta, Associate Professor

Architecture Design 1

Selected Student Work:

Victoria Flahive

Jeremy Falls

Lindsey Wood

Luis Guardado


Mark Mistur farewell Thu, 12 May 2016 13:57:22 +0000 Friday May 13, 12-1pm @ Greene Gallery, Greene Building.
Dessert will be served.



Tue. May 3rd

  • Geofutures:
    Chris Perry section @ Greene Gallery, 10-5pm
    Jury: Octavie Berendschot, Stan Allen Architects; Cathryn Dwyre, Pratt; Nancy Campbell, HASS; Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn
    SoA Jury: David Bell, Lydia Kallipoliti, Stefano Passeri, Anna WeichselVictoria Bell
    Hailey Beyer
    Amy Gecelter
    Emily Judson
    Fraser Lea
    Joseph Marchiafava
    Michael Miwa
    Nicholas Nord
    Daryl Toy
    Martice Tucker
    Amanda Turner
    Jacob Wigton
    Keegan Wilson

Wed. May 4th

  • The Aesthetics of Power:
    Brian DeLuna section @ Greene Gallery, 12-6pm
    Jury: Robert Lee Brackett, Pratt
    SoA Jury: Adam Dayem, Carla Leitao, Edwin Lui, Stefano Passeri, Yael ErelGraham Billings
    Chutiporn Buranasiri
    Michel Chabaneix
    Kelsey Kish
    Elizabeth Lee
    Cassandra Murray
    Maelanie Ngami
    David Pelcher
    Tom Roland
    Cathlene So
    Dillon Webster
    George Ziegler

Fri. May 6th

  • Planetology:
    Carla Leitao section @ Craive Lab, 11-6pm
    Jury: Cathryn Dwyre, Pratt; Ed Keller, Parsons The New School; Diana Ramirez, Visting Scholar CITE/Rensselear
    SoA Jury: David Bell, Lonn Combs, Gustavo Crembil, Brian DeLuna, Yael Erel, Ted Krueger, Mark MisturLeslie Aldana
    Rebecca Bruno
    Jhoan Campusano
    Alexandria Frisbie
    Kathryn Grouter
    Boqun Huai
    Anqi Huo
    Rae Koshida
    Ryan Kresser
    Rushdan Majumder
    Jane Pao
    Alyssa Schaedler

Fri. May 6th

  • Thinking Backwards:
    Stefano Passeri section @ Greene Gallery, 11-6pm
    Jury: Jeff Byles, Being Here Landscape Architecture
    SoA Jury: David Bell, Lonn Combs, Gustavo Crembil, Yael Erel, Fleet Hower, Zbigniew Oksiuta, Chris PerryAmanda Alexander
    Dana Campbell
    Jessica Collier
    Kendall De Marco
    Laura Fraser
    Mackenzie Glenon
    Sarah Helfer
    Elizabeth Sammartino
    Hiroki Sawai
    Matthew Vogel
    Kun Zhang
    Sen Zhang

Sat. May 7th

  • Awards Review:
    All sections @ Greene Gallery, 12-6pm
    Jury: Jeff Byles, Being Here Landscape Architecture
    SoA Jury: Gustavo Crembil, Brian DeLuna, Evan Douglis, Ted Krueger, Carla Leitao, Zbigniew Oksiuta, Stefano Passeri, Chris PerrySelected students TBD
]]> Mon, 02 May 2016 17:43:19 +0000 Sat May 14, 1-4pm @ RPI CRAIVE Lab:

The 4th annual International Symposium on Adaptive Technology for Music and Art_

Featuring Artists and Musicians with Physical Limitations.

The 4th annual International Symposium on Adaptive Technology for Music and Art is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the CRAIVE Lab at the Rensselaer Technology Park, 200 Jordan Road, Troy, NY.

This event promotes new technologies and artistic experiences dealing with physical limitations of the human body and embodiment in general.  This year’s event will include artists from Denmark, Germany, Turkey and the Netherlands via Skype, as well as local performers.

The symposium is hosted by Rensselaer’s Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture, My Breath My Music USA, and the Deep Listening Center.  Additional information is available at