Rensselaer | Architecture Rensselaer | Architecture 2015-04-17T22:10:13Z Editor ML <![CDATA[[Upcoming Lecture] Manuel Aires Mateus]]> 2015-04-15T17:55:14Z 2015-04-15T17:52:32Z 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 1988, has been practicing alongside his brother, architect Francisco Aires Mateus. Aires Mateus is an acclaimed contemporary practice that upholds the strong tradition of Portuguese architecture.

In 2002 and 2005, Manuel Aires Mateus taught at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He served as a visiting professor at Fakulteta za Arhitekturo,Universa v Ljubljani, Ljubljana, in Slovenia in 2003/2004, at the Academia di Architectura, in Mendrízio, Switzerland since 2001, as Professor at Universidade Autónoma in Lisbon since 1998, and as Professor at Universidade Lusíada in Lisbon since 1997. Aires Mateus has spoken and shared his work at several seminars and conferences across the world, including in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Croatia, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.

This is a Professor Kenneth L. Warriner Lecture and will take place in EMPAC’s Concert Hall.


Main Editor <![CDATA[Fall 2015 Electives]]> 2015-03-10T20:55:01Z 2015-03-10T20:49:34Z 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 are critically deconstructed and critically analyzed with respect to their basic engineering principles and architectural concepts. Students will be exposed to the collaborative methods inherent within the architect/engineer relationship. The course consists of lectures concerning each topic, case studies and presentations of relevant projects, an interdisciplinary design project and discussion of the projects and presentations with respect to interdisciplinary discourse. Content and delivery may vary by instructor.  Staff R 6- 8:50 pm. Cr. 3. Taught with CIVL4020. Prerequisite: Arch2230 Structures 1.

ARCH4750 Sustainable Building Design Metrics

A review of current and anticipated metrics associated with sustainable building design will be reviewed as well as construction practices in the building industry will be discussed.  We will review how sustainable design practices can mitigate the climate change in a positive way. An understanding of energy terminology is useful for this course. Lectures, discussions, field trips and assigned reading will be utilized to explore the subject matter.

ARCH4840.01 Architectural Acoustics 1

Providing an overview of the essentials for architectural acoustics design of performance and public spaces, including concert halls, theaters, museums, classrooms, sports arenas, courtrooms, and religious buildings.  The course may be used as a concentration in an architecture student’s professional electives, or the beginning of a master’s degree in acoustics. Covering basic principles of sound, room acoustics, sound absorption in rooms, sound isolation and privacy, acoustics of mechanical systems, and sound quality.  After Architecture Acoustics 1 & 2, students should be prepared for a basic entry-level position in either acoustics in architecture, or in acoustical consulting.  Todd Brooks  F 10–11:50, F 12–1:50 pm. Cr 4. (can be used towards a minor in Acoustics).

ARCH4960.01 PIP Planning Seminar

The Production Installment and Performance program has been a Rensselaer Tradition for many years. It is an opportunity to bring together students and faculty from architecture and the arts, and from other disciplines to collaborate with an guest artist in the making of a new work. This Seminar will engage the faculty and the invited artist in the initial discussions and planning stages of the PIP Studio that will happen in the Spring of 2016. The seminar will be both creative and organizational setting the groundwork for a productive studio and performance. The seminar and studio are not requirements for each other. Krueger. R 10-12. Cr. 2.

ARCH4961.01 Latin American Architecture

This seminar will explore current developments in Latin American architecture and urbanism within a research matrix connecting issues such as domestic and public space, hybridity, nature, informality, politics, and history. Canonical and recent projects, and main tendencies will be identify, analyzed and discussed in relation to their own architectural tradition as well to current global trends. Pre-requisites: ARCH-2140 (required), ARCH-4140 (recommended). Crembil, T 2-4 pm, Cr. 2

ARCH4964.01 Sensitive Skins: phenomenon, matter and technology

Matter structures the physical and formal qualities of the art work playing a determinant role in the emotional perception of it, especially when these qualities are able to manifest signs of something primordial producing an emotional resonance that reaches cross cultural realms. The familiarity with matter involves a sensory experience that also activates our memory in our negotiation with the physical. Matter matters. Matter stretches out to our body and, reciprocally, our body expands and occupies matter. Then what is the role our own skin plays within this context, as mediator between work and body, as an organism that filtrates emotions, conditions sensuality and links our body with the environment? What would be the architectural implications if we understand architecture as a projection of our own skin, an extension of our own body, or an organism that is able to reconnect us with the natural landscape? As the 21st century enters a phase where Earth’s ecological balance is threatened by humanity’s short-term economic imperatives, there is an increased poignancy to the sustenance we once used to derive from the natural world. Reconnecting with the natural world implies reconnecting with our own nature as well. What is the role architecture can play in this sustenance? This seminar engages with the phenomenological and the role that matter -and eventually technology- plays in the way we experience the phenomenon in architecture. It is about looking at the past –and therefore learning from it- with present eyes, to project wisely into a future in which technology should be at our own service. Perez Guembe. R 10-12. Cr. 2.

ARCH4967 Robotic Material Assemblies

This course is an advanced design seminar that explores the use of robotic gantry for direct material assembly. The primary objective is to understand all the different processes involved in the emerging 3D / 4D printing technologies, from modifying the material properties to writing motion control code that directs the assembly process. The main goal of the course will be to teach students how to control material deposition through a 3-axis robotic gantry, as well as to modify and tune all necessary robotic motion control to accommodate different material behavior. This course will require students to have prior knowledge of Rhino 3D and preferably Rhino Grasshopper. The course will be conducted based on 6 workshop sessions on scripting and writing G-Code,

ARCH6120.01 Design Explorations 2

ARCH6120.80 Design Explorations 2

ARCH6130.02 Design Explorations 3 (meets wARCH6810)

Taught w/6810

LGHT4230 Lighting Design

A design studio that explores the roles of light in architecture and its application by design. Students conceive, evaluate, and synthesize solutions that contribute to successful lighting and architectural design. Russ Leslie. TF 2–4:50 pm. Cr 4. (Recommended for 4th and 5th year architecture undergraduate students – also can be used towards a minor in Lighting).

LGHT4770 Lighting Tech and App

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the components of advanced lighting systems and enables them to critically explore applications of those components. Through lectures, readings, assignments, and application projects, students acquire working knowledge of the relevant products and techniques for lighting application and develop solutions to lighting problems. Students will undertake practical applications of advanced lighting technologies and develop skills in the application of photometric data, use of manual and computer-based lighting calculations, and the development of lighting specifications. TF10–11:50 am. LRC Gurley Bldg.

LGHT4840 Human Factors in Lighting

An introduction to lighting and human factors, including classical literature and contemporary studies and development of skills needed to conduct and evaluate human factors research. Fall term annually. Mariana Figueiro. MR 10–11:50 am. Cr 4. (Recommended for 4th and 5th year architecture undergraduate students – also can be used towards a minor in Lighting).

LGHT6830 Physics of Light

A comprehensive overview of the physics of light and its applications for lighting. The course uses a variety of instructional methodologies, including lectures, laboratory sessions, hands-on experimentation, and individual student projects and presentations to cover various areas of lighting study. Topics include geometric optics, physical optics, lighting calculations and measures, spectroradiometry, measurement techniques for advanced light sources, radiometry, and photometry. Nadarajh Narendran. TF 10-11:50 am. Cr 4.

]]> 0 pearsz <![CDATA[Prof. Fleet Hower Featured in c|net]]> 2015-04-15T02:47:29Z 2015-04-15T02:47:29Z


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 puzzles, the Lock-Nesters, are the featured work. Find out more about his work at

Fleet Hower is a designer and educator with expertise in computational methodologies. He holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania where he received the Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship and Will M. Mehlhorn Scholarship for academic excellence. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Hower assisted studios and seminars for Cecil Balmond, Jenny Sabin, and Roland Snooks. He has also taught at Philadelphia University and directed workshops at Tongji University in Shanghai. In addition to teaching, Hower has worked in offices in New York, Beijing, Shanghai, and Washington D.C., primarily developing procedural logics for large scale projects. Hower’s current design research is focused on topological formation using non-linear generative techniques. Hower recently gave a lecture, “Novel Assemblies,” at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. The lecture highlighted Fleet’s interest in the organization and manipulation of large data sets as a design methodology.


Editor SB <![CDATA[[Upcoming Event] Section Cut Pin-Up]]> 2015-04-08T15:53:37Z 2015-04-08T15:53:37Z 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 week event.

Editor EK <![CDATA[Rome-China Show]]> 2015-04-14T04:49:43Z 2015-04-07T16:34:41Z 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 the world.


Main Editor <![CDATA[Prof. Oatman: “Best Local Visual Artist” (Metroland)]]> 2015-04-07T04:32:03Z 2015-04-05T23:51:28Z

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 food.  These architectural ‘unvironments’ have been installed at museums, public spaces and private homes. His installations are ‘context-specific’, and demand from him a total immersion into physical location, sonic/haptic realms, local history and the personal stories of those he encounters while working. He has exhibited extensively in the US and abroad.

Oatman received his BFA from RISD, and his MFA from the University at Albany.  He has taught at Harvard, UVM, UAlbany St. Michael’s College and Vermont College.  He has been a visiting critic at RISD from 1986 to the present.  He has been a faculty member in the School of Architecture at Renssealer since 1999.


Editor IL <![CDATA[[Recent Event] “Integrated Ideation” Symposium]]> 2015-04-13T00:30:19Z 2015-04-03T21:06:09Z Mon. April 6th, 4:30 pm @ EMPAC Theater


MICHAEL STEIN, Schlaich Bergermann & Pnr.

Craig Schwitter of Burohappold is a leader in the engineering design of complex buildings and large scale developments that include educational, performing arts, cultural, civic, stadia, transportation, and master planning projects. Craig founded the first North American office of BuroHappold Engineers in 1999. Since its inception, the North American practice has grown to over 200 staff based in multiple office locations including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco. Under Craig’s leadership, the North America region offices expanded to offer a full suite of engineering arts including: structural, MEP, geotechnical and façade engineering, lighting design, fire and life safety, sustainability consulting, and sustainable master planning services.

Bruce Danziger of Arup possesses a broad range of expertise that includes lightweight structures, tensile mast and membrane construction, and non-linear structural analysis. He has engineered for Frank Gehry, Rem Koolhaus, Renzo Piano, Eric Owen Moss, as well as over a half dozen siteworks with Stephen Glassman. Selected notable projects include the LA County Museum of Art, the Koln/Bonn, Atlanta Hartsfield, Munich and San Francisco Airports, and the Philadelphia Eagles NFL Stadium.

Michael Stein of Schlaich Bergermann & Partner heads their New York office, and guides projects within and beyond North America. His work as a structural consulting engineer has contributed to projects at the scale of the One World Trade Center, for which he and other consultants worked on conceptual design and detailed design of the antenna structure and glass structures, Gehry’s Novartis Pharma AG in Basel, and the Porsche Pavilion Autostadt in Wolfsburg.

Will Laufs of LaufsED is the Bedford Chair at the RPI School of Architecture. Laufs works in the field of structural, façade engineering and specialty structures design in North America and worldwide, focusing on the use of new materials, energy efficiency, transparent glass enclosures, challenging international structures with complex geometries, and architectural building elements, where 3D structural form-finding and detailing have an important influence on aesthetic appearance and identity of spaces. He lives and works in New York City, and was raised and educated in Germany. Will believes in the unity of architecture, sustainability, and structural engineering, focusing towards one single integrated design approach, having been trained in both Structural Engineering and Architecture.


The Bedford Architecture/Engineering initiatives aims to create meaningful cross-disciplinary experiences that address the increasing complexity and rising expectations for building performance and design. Under the direction of a visiting professorship designed to engage accomplished engineers with records of effective collaboration, there are three initiatives: 1) an upper-level interdisciplinary design studio, 2) an upper-level interdisciplinary seminar, and 3) an international traveling workshop.

For more information on the Bedford Initiative, please click here.




Editor EK <![CDATA[AIAS T-Shirt Design Competition]]> 2015-04-07T02:50:57Z 2015-04-07T02:50:57Z 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 will undergo a second voting process which will begin at 4:00pm on Sunday.

Please send all questions and submissions to *protected email*


Main Editor <![CDATA[Bill Bergman]]> 2015-02-27T15:45:28Z 2011-06-08T01:21:23Z Fabrication Lab Manager

Bill Bergman

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



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Editor GF <![CDATA[Ezio Blasetti]]> 2015-02-27T15:47:33Z 2012-10-05T17:38:47Z Recent Faculty

Ezio Blasetti


M.S. AAD, GSAPP Columbia University

Architectural Engineer Diploma NTUA


Ezio Blasetti co-founded ahylo, an architectural design, research and construction practice as well as “apomechanes”, an annual intensive summer studio on algorithmic processes and fabrication. Founder of, Ezio’s recent collaborations include maeta design, biothing, acconci studio, a|Um studio and kwonix. His work as a project architect at Acconci Studio has received awards in international competitions – 2008 Annual Design Review I.D. / Perm Museum XXI / Kravi Hora Sculpture Park. He has taught generative design studios and seminars by means of computational geometry at Columbia University, Pratt Institute, Rensselar Polytechnic Institute, Univeristy of Pennsylvania, Sciarc, the Architectural Association and the Bartlett. In 2004 he co-founded otn studio, a young design-build practice and completed several projects in Greece. His work has been exhibited and published internationally and is part of the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou.