Rensselaer | Architecture Rensselaer | Architecture Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:15:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lydia Kallipoliti & Rhett Russo at “Aesthetic Activism” [YSoA] Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:55:41 +0000 Oct 13-15, Yale School of Architecture

Professors Lydia Kallipoliti & Rhett Russo Speakers at Yale “Aesthetic Activism” Symposium


Assistant Professors Lydia Kallipoliti and Rhett Russo are keynote speakers at the Yale J. Irwin Miller symposium “Aesthetic Activism” this October 15th, 2016.

“Aesthetic Activism,” convened by Yale School of Architecture Dean Mark Foster Gage, explores emerging positions that cast aesthetics as the primary discourse for social, ecological, and political engagement. In contrast to commonly held opinions that these issues are antithetical to the aesthetic, recent work in aesthetic theory across multiple disciplines suggests that such political and ontological problems may be best addressed as aspects of aesthetic experience. An interdisciplinary group of philosophers, scholars, media theorists, artists, curators, and architects will speculate on how a reignited discourse on aesthetics is prompting new insights into our relationships with not only objects, spaces, environments, and ecologies, but also with each other and political structures in which we are all enmeshed. Philosophical viewpoints foregrounding aesthetics, including Accelerationism, Afro-Futurism, Dark Ecology, Extro-Science Fiction, Immaterialism, Object-Oriented Ontology, and Xenofeminism, will be explored and discussed through a series of lectures, presentations of work, and interdisciplinary roundtable discussions.

Fellow speakers are Elaine Scarry, Jacques Rancière, Mark Foster Gage, Jonathan Massey, Keller Easterling, Catherine Ingraham, Timothy Morton, Ferda Kolatan, Graham Harman, Ariane Lourie Harrison, David Ruy, Tom Wiscombe, Peggy Deamer, Nettrice Gaskins, Diann Bauer, Michael Speaks, Hernan Diaz Alonso, Jason Payne, Albena Yaneva, Michael Young, Gregory Crewdson, Caroline Picard, Charles Ray, and Roger Rothman.

For more information, please visit the “Aesthetic Activism” webpage.


Carla Leitao Chair at ACSA Meeting & Call for Papers Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:50:39 +0000 Call for papers deadline: October 5, 2016; Annual Meeting: March 23-25, 2017

Carla Leitao to Chair “Addressability” Topic at ACSA Annual Meeting & Call for Papers


Lecturer Carla Leitao of the Rensselaer School of Architecture will be joined by Ed Keller of Parsons The New School for Design in chairing the Addressability topic at the upcoming Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting. The ACSA invites paper submissions under 18 thematic session topics plus an additional open category. The deadline for papers has been extended to October 5, 2016. The deadline for for projects and posters is November 16, 2016.

To speak on the thematic topic Addressability:

“Through the lens of the concept of addressability, we propose to reflect on and discuss the ways in which different modes of information collection, data mining, and knowledge production define a plethora of architectural and urban alternative platforms for interconnecting individuals, populations and cultural forms.

While addressability is a term used in computer science and information technology, we propose it as a condition of belonging, transparency and history by which exchanges – cultural, informational, social, political – create new geologies for urban existence, and myriad possibilities for individual and collective agency.

By focusing on the procedural aspects of these processes, the objective is to reveal avenues for potential new definitions and/or characterizations of cities or urban existence; which are otherwise invisible or suppressed in existing models or materialities. We suggest that an anticipatory and predictive urban forensics, or ‘dissection’ of these new substantive forms of addressability might propitiate and host generative processes in the design of a more politically responsive ’smart city’.”

The annual meeting takes place in Detroit, Michigan in spring 2017 and is entitled “Brooklyn says “Move to Detroit.” Other chairpersons include Sherry Ahrentzen, Ronald Shorr, Benjamin Flowers, Alexis Gregory, John Poros, Alex Wall, Luis Pancorbo, Montserrat Bonvehi Rosich, Edward M. Orlowski, Evangelos Kotsioris, Molly Wright Steenson, Francesca Torello, Kai K. Gutschow, Brian Kelly, Erkin Ozay, Joseph Krupczynski, David J. Goodman, Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Grace Ong Yan, Rajiv Sharma, Vivian Loftness, Rahul Mehrotra, and Monica Ponce de Leon.

For more informaiton on the ACSA Annual Meeting and submission opportunities, please visit:


Jennifer Lema [Browns Fellowship] Wed, 21 Sep 2016 01:39:02 +0000 SHOW: Sept 19-23, GR 201; TALK: Sept 21, 6pm @ Greene Gallery

On September 21st, Jennifer Lema (B.Arch) will present her Browns Fellowship titled Atma Effect: Sensitizing and Connecting the Creative Youth to the Millowner’s Building. Lema’s lecture will be followed by an opening reception to her exhibition in Greene 201.

Jennifer Lema (B.Arch): Atma Effect: : Sensitizing and Connecting the Creative Youth to the Millowner’s Building

“Now a vestige of the promises of modernity, Le Corbusier’s Ahmedabad Textile Mills Association (ATMA) recedes into a quiet oasis that sits in the heart of one of the most thriving cities in India. While the city flourishes around the site, developers knock on the door of one of the most sought-out sites in Ahmedabad. Intending to preserve the landmark, Mr. Abhinava Shukla, Secretary General of ATMA, and Jennifer collaborated on a plan that will intertwine the roots of the building with those of the creative youth. By revitalizing the building from inside out, it will not only survive the hunt for commercial real estate but will also become a junction for the people of Ahmedabad.”


Bill Bergman Wed, 08 Jun 2011 01:21:23 +0000 Fabrication Lab Manager

Bill Bergman

Office: Greene Building, Room # 014
Email: *protected email*
Phone: 518-276-6870


William Bergman received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from Alfred University in 1996 after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Studio Art/Sculpture from the College of Saint Rose. He has since been a sculpture technician at the College of Saint Rose and since 2007, has been the Fabrication Shop Supervisor at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture. Bergman has received numerous awards around the Capital and Hudson region for his work, which has been exhibited at MassMOCA, The Tang Teaching Museum, Albany International Airport, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, and Chesterwood in West Stockbridge, MA, among other galleries and institutions. For more information on Bergman’s work, please see his website linked below.

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McGuire & Starkloff [Browns Presentation] Sun, 11 Sep 2016 14:18:03 +0000 SHOW: Sept 12-16, GR 201; TALK: Sept 12, 6pm @ Greene Gallery

From September 12-16th, the two-part exhibition of recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship recipients Emily McGuire and Chendru Starkloff will be on display at the Greene Building.

The September 12th presentation will begin at 6:00 pm in the Greene Gallery, where both students will lecture about their experiences and studies abroad followed by a reception at their shared exhibition space.

Emily McGuire: Reading Zumthor’s Story

“Understanding the relationships between materials and space in Peter Zumthor’s work throughout his practice in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.”

Chendru Starkloff: From Pops to Pop-Up!: Rapid Urbanism and Pedestrian Territory in Delhi and Hong Kong

“Cities are being built quicker, larger and denser than ever before. In the push for overnight growth, infrastructure, public space and the pedestrian are often overlooked. While this can be result in unsustainable urban fabric, it is also causing new innovations. ‘From POPS to POP-UP’ uses a set of urban typologies as a conceptual framework for examining phenomena in pedestrian infrastructure and public space in two major Asian urban hubs that have seen recent rapid growth. The study investigates aesthetic developments in these typologies by looking at relationships between pedestrian infrastructure and the works of notable architects such as Paul Rudolph, Ashok Lal, Foster and Partners and Le Corbusier.”


Kallipoliti to Speak at Responsive Cities Fri, 09 Sep 2016 01:59:27 +0000 Symposium in Barcelona, Sept 16-17, 2016

Asst. Prof. Lydia Kallipoliti Keynote Speaker at Responsive Cities Symposium


Assistant Professor Lydia Kallipoliti is a keynote speaker at the symposium “Responsive Cities: Urbanism in the Experience Age” taking place September 16-17th in Barcelona, Spain. The international conference is organized by the IAAC (Institute for Advanced Architecture in Catalonia) in Barcelona,  Spain, under the (KAAU) Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism, a European Union co-funded project.

For more information please visit:


Gustavo Crembil at FAUDI / UNC (Argentina) Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:18:44 +0000 Fall’16 Latin American Program:

Associate Prof. Gustavo Crembil will lecture tonight Tuesday August 23, 6:30PM at the Facultad de Arquitectura, Urbanismo y Diseno / Universidad Nacional de Cordoba (FAUDI / UNC), Argentina. This lecture is organized within the framework of “Utopias Facticas”, the SoA/RPI + FAUDI/UNC joint-design-studio currently in progress.


Architecture students at PLEA Conference Fri, 29 Jul 2016 01:56:31 +0000 Students News:

Architecture Students at Passive & Low Energy Conference.


Assistant Professor Alexandra Rempel, graduate students Mae-Ling Lokko, Naomi Keena, Kenton Phillips, and Mohamed Aly Etman, and undergraduate student Zachary Pearson from the Rensselaer School of Architecture presented papers at the Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference in Los Angeles, California. PLEA is a commitment to the development, documentation, and diffusion of the principles of bioclimatic design and the application of natural and innovative techniques for sustainable architecture and urban design. The 2016 PLEA conference is the first occasion since 1981 that the United States has been host to this international event. For more information, please visit


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.