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CASE More than a decade into the 21st century the focus of the architectural conversation has shifted very much toward sustainability. Buildings count for more than one-third of the total energy consumption in the U.S. and resources must be guarded responsibly. To study issues of sustainability Rensselaer has established the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology CASE. This dynamic think tank is developing products and design techniques to make 21st-century buildings self-sufficient. CASE runs an undergraduate program that offers select students a full semester of classes within the Manhattan offices of the world- renowned firm Skidmore Owings Merrill. For these students the experience is transformative. The Creativity Curve KATERI KNAPP 13 When she was applying to colleges Kateri Knapp applied mostly to engineering schools. I was always interested in architecture but I doubted my creativity admitted Knapp who has B.Arch. and M.S. degrees from the architecture program. In Rensselaer she found a school where she could be part of multiple disciplines instead of putting herself in a box. I wound up loving architecture and incorporating engineering she said. The process they taught us in the School of Architecture allowed me to find my creativity. I realized that architecture was really about bodies moving through space. Knapp especially valued her experience with CASE. CASE works with materials science cognitive science civil engineering and environmental engineering she said. Its so exciting to work on all these challenges. Overall Rensselaer has been just right for her. Knapp is currently a graduate facade engineer at Arup. Everything and everybody you come into contact with at RPI has the ability to inform you and make you not only a better student but ultimately a more informed professional. school of architecture 12