Rensselaer | Architecture Rensselaer | Architecture Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:10:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Jaimini Mehta on Fatehpur Sikri and the Indian Experience Fri, 02 Oct 2015 22:00:30 +0000 EMBODIED VISION: Interpreting the Architecture of Fatehpur Sikri

On Tuesday, October 6th at 3pm – Greene Gallery, Baroda-based architect, historian, and professor of architecture Jaimini Mehta will present on the Indian experience through the lends of his Fatehpur Sikri scholarly research titled “Embodied Vision: Interpreting the Architecture of Fatehpur Sikri”

“Embodied Vision delves into a series of representations Fatehpur Sikri has been subjected to and concludes that there is an inexorable tension at its core embodied in the constantly shifting axes, complex rhythms, raising or lowering of the ground planes, juxtapositions of mythical symbols and the conflicting pulls of traditions and human will. The space of Fatehpur Sikri is revealed to us through perception more than through geometry.”

Born in Baroda, India where he finished his basic studies in architecture before moving to University of Penssylvania, USA to study under Louis I. Kahn with whom he also worked. Later he joined the firm of Mitchell/Giurgola Asso. until 1975 when he returned to India to pursue his own practice and teach. He has taught at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, M.S. University, Baroda, College of Architecture, Goa and at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, USA where he founded the School of Architecture’s India Program. He has written extensively on architecture and has also co-authored with Romaldo Giurgola the first book on Louis Kahn “Louis I Kahn, Architect”. At present he is the Hon. Director of Center for the Study of Urbanism and Architecture (CESURA).

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2015 Homecoming Wed, 30 Sep 2015 16:50:31 +0000 WELCOME ALUMNI! 2015 REUNION & HOMECOMING.

Welcome back Alumni! In addition to tours of Greene Building, the following studios are open to alumni during Reunion and Homecoming weekend for conversation with current students and their projects. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Activities at Greene Building:


Thursday, Oct. 1, 2-4 p.m.
Integrated Design Schematic Studio
Prof. Ted Krueger, Ph.D.
Room 402 Greene Building

“The Integrated Design Schematic (IDS) studio is the first semester of a two-semester sequence in Integrated Design….A central concern of the Integrated Design Squence is the relationship between architectural concepts and intentions and subsequent decisions in material selection, detail, structure, and systems integration…”

Friday, Oct. 2, 2-5 p.m.
Final Project Design Studio
Prof. Chris Perry (Final Project, coordinator)
4th Floor Greene Building (next to the elevator)

“…in an age of environmental uncertainty and existential threat, whereby the human experience has been fundamentally displaced and disoriented, physically as well as philosophically, how might we rethink cultural disciplines like architecture, which allow us to inhabit the world in conceptual, experiential, as well as mechanical terms? In other words, should architecture displace itself as well, in order to establish new affiliations beyond the human? And if so, what does it mean for architecture to define itself as something no longer significant for ‘us’ alone, in ways that transform not only the prosaic aspects of the discipline, but perhaps even more importantly, its discursive nature as well?”


Friday, Oct. 2, 5-6:30 p.m.
Room 117 Greene Building.

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SOA FILM NIGHT Sat, 19 Sep 2015 20:12:00 +0000 RENSSELAER SOA FILM NIGHT”_

The Rensselaer SoA Film Night is a student-organized movie series which foregrounds a diverse range of films for screening and casual conversation among students, faculty, and friends. This fall’s theme: Scales of Ambiguity

Showings will take place in Greene 120 at 7pm on below dates

Fall 2015 Schedule

Rear Window Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock) – Friday, September 25th
Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola) – Friday, October 9th
The Sting (George Roy Hill) – Friday, October 23rd
1984 (Michael Radford) – Friday, November 9th

*The latter two dates are subject to change. Stay tuned for further notice

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Geofutures student awarded prize at Dry Futures competition Thu, 17 Sep 2015 16:33:56 +0000 geofutures_ahmad

Geofutures graduate Muhammad Ahmad Khan’s Master’s Project from the Spring semester of 2015, titled Urban Swales, has placed second in the speculative category of the Dry Futures competition sponsored by Archinect.

Congratulations to Ahmad and the Spring 2015 Geofutures faculty: Ted Ngai and Chris Perry (studio critics), Fleet Hower and Kelly Winn (associate critics and digital media instructors), and Lydia Xynogala (history, theory, and criticism).

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Medalist Day Fall 2015 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 20:51:26 +0000 September 12, 2015

Rensselaer Medalist Day

For more than 90 years, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in conjunction with high schools around the world, has awarded the Rensselaer Medal to promising secondary school students who have distinguished themselves in mathematics and science. The Medal was first presented in 1916 with two purposes: to recognize the superlative academic achievement of young men and women, and to motivate students toward careers in science, engineering, and technology. This merit scholarship, with a minimum value of $15,000 per year, is guaranteed for four years (five years for the Bachelor of Architecture program or the Co-Terminal Program) for each medalist who is accepted and enrolls at Rensselaer.

Medalist Day is an event dedicated to Medal winners and their families, during which they are encouraged to explore the Rensselaer campus and learn about current teachings and research. On Saturday, September 12th, Professors Alexandra Rempel and Jonas Braasch presented the School of Architecture’s academic programs, and Bachelor of Architecture students held a conversational Q&A session with Medalists, followed by tours of the Greene building for these prospective students and their families.

For more information on the Rensselaer Medal and SoA admissions, please follow the links below.

Rensselaer Medal | here

SoA Undergraduate Admissions | here


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ANNA DYSON WINS WOMEN IN ARCH AWARD Fri, 11 Sep 2015 01:25:03 +0000 Faculty News:


Professor and CASE Director Anna Dyson has been named “Innovator” in Architectural Record’s second annual Women in Architecture Awards, a celebration honoring five architects for their contributions to the field while highlighting the increasingly visible role women play in the architectural profession. Dyson is a professor of design, technology, and theory at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer and founding director of the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology (CASE) at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, NY. Her work centers on collaborative research among diverse disciplines to develop new systems for building and energy generation.

Citing discrepancies between the number of women comprising student bodies at architecture schools and the number of women comprising licensed architects at firms and offices, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record Cathleen McGuigan says the annual awards recognition “aims to push the conversation about women in architecture forward to spotlight their accomplishments and encourage firms to promote women architects and their work.” The forum and luncheon honoring this year’s winners will take place October 6, 2015, at the Time & Life Building in New York City.

Anna Dyson is joined by awards recipients Billie Tsien, Meejin Yoon, Pat Sapinsley, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor. For additional information, please follow this Architectural Record link.


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[Recent Lecture] Theo Spyropoulos Tue, 08 Sep 2015 00:02:37 +0000 Wed Sep-16 6pm @ EMPAC:

Theodore Spyropoulos: “Behavioural Frameworks”_

Theodore Spyropoulos is an architect, educator, and the Director of the Architectural Association’s world renowned Design Research Lab (AADRL) in London. He has been a visiting Research Fellow at M.I.T.’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies working with the Interrogative Design Group and co-founded the New Media and Information Research initiative at the Architectural Association. He has taught in the graduate school of the University of Pennsylvania and the Royal College of Art, Innovation Design Engineering Department. He has been an invited collaborator of the Art & Ecology Trans-disciplinary Group an international cross-disciplinary design group exploring art ecology through urban development organized by the London School of Economics, Royal Society of Arts & Arts Council England.

Theodore directs the experimental architecture and design studio Minimaforms with his brother Stephen Spyropoulos. Recent projects include two thematic pier landmarks and the illumination concept for a Renzo Piano’s master planned 760 acre National Park in Athens, a large scale land art work in Norway, a vehicle in collaboration with artist Krzysztof Wodiczko, a behavior based robotic installation for the FRAC Centre and immersive ephemeral environment for the city of Detroit. The work of Minimaforms is in the permanent collections of the FRAC Centre (France), the Signum Foundation (Poland) and the Archigram Archive (UK). In 2008 their project Memory Cloud was named one of the top ten international art installations by the Telegraph. Recent exhibitions have included work shown at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), Detroit Institute of Arts, ICA (London), FRAC Centre (France), Futura Gallery (Prague), Slovak National Gallery (Bratislava), and the Architecture Foundation (UK). They have been featured in international media including BBC, BBC radio, Robert Elms Show, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, Guardian, Blueprint, and Icon Magazine. They were named Creative Review’s “One to Watch”.

Previously Theodore has worked as a project architect for the offices of Peter Eisenman and Zaha Hadid Architects on high profile projects such as the City of Culture Complex at Santiago de Compostela, O2 and London’s 2012 Olympic Bid. He has studied at the AA, Bartlett School of Architecture and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Currently Theodore is a completing PhD in participatory and enabling frameworks examining cybernetic and behavior based design systems.

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Arch PhD Candidate Wins Jaffe Competition Mon, 07 Sep 2015 20:36:43 +0000 Student News:

Arch PhD student Ute Besenecker wins EMPAC’S Jaffe Student Production Competition

PhD in Architectural Sciences candidate Ute Besenecker and her small undergraduate research team recently completed a study called, “Beyond Appearances: Investigating Preference and Neural Correlates for Colored Light of Similar Chromaticity” as a part of the Jaffe Student Production Competition at EMPAC. Besenecker’s study, based on the assumption that usage of LED light will soon become more prevalent than usage of incandescent bulbs, explores different ways of mixing light to create particular hues. This research was meant to determine whether or not test subjects could detect the difference between lighting environments that were mixed from different sources. Besenecker used qualitative feedback from subjects as well as equipment that measures brain activity and heart rate in an effort to determine optimal mixes of colors to prevent negative effects for users such as decreased attention span or increased irritability. Besenecker sees her work as the beginning of something larger and hopes the data produced by this study will help architects and theatrical designers better utilize recently developed LED mixing techniques.

The opportunity to conduct this research at EMPAC was unique and beneficial. With the use of the Studio 1 black box, Besenecker was able to conduct an architectural-scale study. Most lighting research is conducted in labs and light boxes which do not create immersive environments.

Besenecker is one of two Rensselaer students to be selected to conduct research at EMPAC supported and funded by the Jaffe Student Production Competition after an open application process that began in fall 2014. Her current research is associated with the School of Architecture and the Center for Cognition, Communication and Culture. For more information, see links below.



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Prof. Kallipoliti at Design History Society Conference Mon, 07 Sep 2015 20:54:56 +0000 Faculty News:


On Sept 12th, Assistant Professor Lydia Kallipoliti will present her paper “The Rise and Fall of Dirty Physiology” at the 2015 Annual Design History Society Conference organized by the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. The conference runs from September 11th-13th and takes place at the San Francisco campus of the CCA.

Kallipoliti’s paper examines the rise of a genealogy of human figures originating from the space program in the 1960s by visualizing man as a combustion device. The diagrams to be discussed in her talk illustrate integrated man-machine structures where human ingestion and excretion become a critical part of the living space.

“As organizational divisions of closed loop cycles, human feedback systems are also computational systems, namely recursive models that generate complex behaviors. Therefore, such systems demonstrate an ontological problem of creating an autonomous personal space or a protective environmental enclosure around the human. This spatial paradigm, similar to the bubble space of the astronaut’s suit, can be described as an “ego-sphere” that according to the German philosopher Peter Sloterdjik alludes to a novel territorial paradigm of the 20th century, modern individualism.”

The 2015 Annual Design History Society conference will investigate the diverse ways in which designers have sought to balance critical realism with utopian idealism. This multidisciplinary conference seeks to explore the Utopian spirit in all of its many aspects, while engaging with the broadest possible definitions of “design.” For more information on the conference, registration, and accommodations, please see the links below.

Lydia Kallipoliti |

Design History Society conference |

California College of the Arts |


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pneumastudio (Chris Perry) in The NY Times Sun, 30 Aug 2015 22:54:19 +0000 Storefront-Measure-Photos-Brett-Beyer-Low-Res-7_For-Web

“Measure,” 2015. Storefront for Art and Architecture. Photo by Brett Beyer

Director Chris Perry’s design practice, pneumastudio, mentioned in New York Times review of the Storefront for Art and Architecture current exhibition, Measure.

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