Rensselaer | Architecture Rensselaer | Architecture 2016-05-31T02:19:37Z Main Editor <![CDATA[Design Intelligence Annual Survey]]> 2016-05-25T02:39:00Z 2016-05-25T02:38:28Z 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

Editor ML <![CDATA[Professor Nancy Diniz Exhibits at EYEBEAM]]> 2016-05-18T22:12:14Z 2016-05-18T22:12:14Z 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.

Editor SB <![CDATA[Navigating/Negotiating the Night at EMPAC Studio 1]]> 2016-05-17T01:27:23Z 2016-05-17T01:17:55Z 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.


Editor PA <![CDATA[2015S_Arch Design 1_Yazdanseta Section]]> 2016-05-13T22:22:09Z 2016-05-13T22:22:09Z ARCH-2810 |Farzam Yazdanseta, Associate Professor

Architecture Design 1

Selected Student Work:

Victoria Flahive

Jeremy Falls

Lindsey Wood

Luis Guardado


Main Editor <![CDATA[Mark Mistur farewell]]> 2016-05-12T14:18:14Z 2016-05-12T13:57:22Z Friday May 13, 12-1pm @ Greene Gallery, Greene Building.
Dessert will be served.


Editor ML <![CDATA[2016 FINAL PROJECT REVIEW]]> 2016-05-04T03:41:43Z 2016-05-03T20:30:25Z SPRING 2016 FINAL PROJECT REVIEW SCHEDULE

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
Main Editor <![CDATA[]]> 2016-05-02T17:43:19Z 2016-05-02T17:43:19Z 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

Editor EK <![CDATA[Elizabeth Lee [Browns Presentation]]]> 2016-04-24T12:44:27Z 2016-04-22T19:26:51Z TALK: Wed. Apr 27,  GR Gallery @ 6:00 pm; SHOW: Apr 25-29, GR 201

Elizabeth Lee – Moorish Spain: Demystifying a Cultural Identity

From April 25th-29th, the exhibition of recent Robert S. Brown Traveling Fellowship recipient Elizabeth Lee will be on display at the Greene Building.

The April 27th presentation will begin at 6:00 pm in the Greene Gallery, where Lee will lecture about her experiences abroad followed by a reception at her exhibition space.

“The research explores the complex cultural identities of southern Spain and Portugal; regions in which a lineage of cultural conflict and tension are made manifest in built works.  Much of what we think of today as classically Spanish works contain key moves transplanted into the cultural zeitgeist through a process of occupation and oppression. The investigation seeks to demonstrate the lasting effects of Islamic culture on these regions that serve as an architectural embodiment and demonstration of these various historical and cultural layers.”


Editor PA <![CDATA[[recent lecture] STELARC]]> 2016-05-13T18:32:40Z 2016-04-30T19:20:40Z Mon May 2nd – Theater

STELARC: “The Involuntary, the Automated and the Uncanny: Zombies, Cyborgs and Chimeras”_

STELARC (Stelios Arcadiou) is an Australian performance artist, born in Limassol, island of Cyprus. After moving to Australia, he studied Arts and Craft at T.S.T.C., Art and Technology at CAUTECH and M.R.I.T., Melbourne University. Stelarc has taught Art and Sociology at Yokohama International School and Sculpture and Drawing at Ballarat University College.

Stelarc is one of the most high-profile artists working within technology and the visual arts. He has visually probed and acoustically amplified his limbs, focusing heavily on extending the capabilities of the human body. As such, most of his pieces center around the notion that the human body is obsolete.

Between 1976-1988 Stelarc completed 26 body suspension performances and has made three films of the inside of his body. He has engineered intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body by using medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet, and biotechnology. He explores Alternate Anatomical Architectures with augmented body constructs.

Stelarc has been extending his body through performances since the late 1960s. He has performed with a Third Hand, an Extended Arm, a Virtual Arm, a Stomach Sculpture, and Exoskeleton, and a 6-legged walking robot. These performances explore involuntary, remote, and Internet choreography of the body with electrical stimulation of the muscles. His “suspension events,” in which he hangs his entire body from hooks piercing his skin, probe the limits of the body in both a physical and and technical manner. He is currently surgically constructing an Extra Ear on his arm that will be Internet-enabled, making it a publicly accessible acoustical organ for people in other places.

In 2015 Stelarc received the Australia Council’s Emerging and Experimental Arts Award. He is presently a Distinguished Research Fellow in the School of Design and Art, Curtin University. Stelarc’s artwork is represented by the SCOTT LIVESEY GALLERIES GALLERIES in Melbourne.



Editor EK <![CDATA[[Kornblut Lecture] David Kasakoff: “How to Think Like a Lawyer”]]> 2016-04-27T18:15:51Z 2016-04-27T17:48:39Z Mon. Apr 25, 6:00pm @ CBIS

“How to Think Like a Lawyer: A Practical Guide to Managing Risk”
David Kasakoff, Esq.


David B. Kosakoff, Esq., LEED AP of Sinnreich Kosakoff & Messina LLP will offer a seminar on risk management for architects in the Biotech Auditorium Monday, April 25th at 6:00pm. The seminar will provide an overview of the perils architects face in the practice of architecture. This presentation will include actual examples of issues facing architects as presented by a lawyer who represents architects, and is designed to educate the attendees on issues architects confront in the real world.

UPDATE: Lecture video available here: Risk Seminar Online