Great Kick-off to 2015

Let's get started.

There’s a lot to be excited about in 2015 — and the Spring semester at the NYIT School of Architecture and Design promises to keep things lively well into the new year.

For starters, I’m looking forward to team-teaching our Project Integration Studio with Profs. Percy Griffin and Matthew Ford. I’ll be supporting several teams of designers as they apply BIM workflows (learned in Construction Documents classes) to studio. NYIT’s Academic Computing has supported their worksharing with personal log-ins and protected shared drives — so in a first, we’re well poised with trained students and in-place technology. Let’s see what these guys can do!

In addition, I’m working with Profs. Anastasia Krasnoslobodtseva (RAMSA) and Gaby Brainard (SHoP) to re-jigger the Construction Documents coursework to support worksharing and team-delivery. The most common complaint students have for the course is the workload — they individually produce a DD-level set of a 800-1200 sq.ft. house in 16 weeks. We’re teaming them up this semester in groups of two — to deliver better sets of slightly larger homes. The juries can now be twice as long, and the sets twice
as thought-through.

Also, I have developed a new elective for the Spring called Parametric Design Tools for Architecture. This topic is one of my passions — so it’s a truly outstanding semester when this news is delivered third. Students frequently approach parametric design tools with no computer programming training — that can be really tough. This course eases students into those concepts by spending a few weeks in Rhino’s Paneling Tools sandbox, before segueing into Rhino Grasshopper (exploring later Weaverbird, Kangaroo, LadyBug, Honeybee, Geco, and other plugins). We’ll end with the Dynamo-to-Revit workflow (and maybe get to the Grasshopper-to-Rhino-to-Rhinamo-to-Dynamo holy grail). This should be a blast, and the students are excited; the course filled up in November and is currently overloaded by two.

There’s a lot of great work to be done. Can’t wait to get started.