I am a licensed architect working in New York City. Most of my architectural pursuits are handled through my small architectural design firm, Mobilis in Mobili, that was formed in 2007 for professional activity. Currently, Mobilis is engaged in the design of : The Doric House – a speculative Michigan mansion (based on the Doric Order); […]
More and more architecture firms are engaging advance technologies to realize amazing designs. Sometimes I help these firms use VR as a visualization aid, or Building Information Modeling (BIM) to produce better documents, or parametric tools to orchestrate complexity. This consulting work has seen collaborations with SHoP Architects, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro, Gluck+, Selldorf Architects, Cook+ Fox, Helpern […]
I was appointed Assistant Professor of Architectural Building Technology at the New York Institute of Technology’s School of Architecture and Design in Spring, 2011 (after serving as a Visiting Professor the year before). Among many other responsibilities, this appointment will aid the school’s adoption of Building Information Modeling (BIM) into the curriculum. The appointment rewarded […]
I start this week in collaboration with a collection of architects at Annabelle Selldorf’s firm. These folks take a lot of pride in their construction document sets. I am already certain that they are going to push hard for a higher standard of graphic performance from their technology. Looking forward to it.
One day, I look forward to teaching an architecture studio that won’t look at all like today’s coursework. This studio of the not-to-distant future will see each student bring their own Virtual Reality (VR) glasses, and homework will have them use Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) techniques to explore their ideas. There will just be a lot more looking around.
Desks will still be messy. Students will still have to make physical models in this studio. Gravity is a unforgiving collaborator. Materials create their own dialogues. Connections are the soul of creative expression.
It turns out that this hopeful day is going to be foreshadowed this semester! Indeed, I’m getting a taste of it next week!
I’ve spent a few days composing a proposal for a VR-for-architects class at NYIT. I just sent the proposal to the Associate Dean, and I don’t know what part I’m more excited about. The course textbook is Robin Evan’s wonderful project, The Projective Cast. Just talking about those chapters for 16 weeks is interesting enought. But the course only needs a few thousand dollars of equipment to run – that makes me hopeful that we really have a chance to do something unique at our institute.
Here’ the big parts. There isn’t a sentence in the sample that doesn’t sound so cool that I would want to take the course myself!
Our Survey of Parametric Design Tool for Architects midterm assignments are the design and construction of lampshades.
(Can you see how the last two assignments about domes are imbedded in the midterms?)
My office is a wonderful place to sit these days. Not only are the midterms whimsical and fun, but they draw the curiosity of folks in the department. And we can keep the bland overhaed lights off, too.
The curator of Gallery 61 wants to build an exhibition next year that includes these pieces. More news when things get decided…
Design/Build project delivery methods offer a ton of benefits to both architects and their clients. Architects skilled and interested enough to deliver services on the construction site are all the more informed the next time they sit at the drafting board. Clients who hire these architects don’t lose invested project knowledge when a set is handed over to a third-party contractor.
My teaching schedule for the Fall has been set for some time now. And its pretty encouraging that a elective I wrote last Spring Survey of Parametric Design Tools for Architects has filled to capacity and has another semester to waitlist. I think I love teaching that class.
In several public presentations, Philosopher Daniel Dennett has offered his own description of the meaning of life. Paraphrasing, he advises to find something “bigger than you,” and to dedicate your actions to that purpose, that idea, or that inspiration. That’s hard.