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Simultaneously the oldest technological school in the country and the most modern school of technology in the U.S. PRINCETON REVIEW FOUNDED IN 1824 Science Architecture Engineering Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Lally School of Management 5SCHOOLS Rensselaer is a world in which people come together solve problems and take advantage of a unique kind of synergy. They do this across the disciplinesarchitects working with engineers engineers working with management students management students working with scientists scientists working with artists. At Rensselaer the rich vein of discovery knows no boundaries. 5Signature RESEARCH Areas Media Arts Science and Technology Computational Science and Engineering Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Biotechnology and the Life Sciences Energy Environment and Smart Systems Working at the frontier of todays most critical areas of inquiry our faculty and students are tackling the most important issues for energy jobs clean water health care and sustainability. This is why we attract approximately 100 million in research funding each year and more importantly why the most promising and talented individuals choose to join our community. Perched on a 275-acre hilltop campus overlooking the Hudson River in Troy in the heart of upstate New Yorks Tech Valley Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has long been a leader in educating men and women in management and technology. With expertise in transferring technology from the laboratory to the marketplace we usher along new discoveries and inventions that benefit humankind protect the environment and strengthen economic development shaping the very way we live in the 21st century. Welcome to Rensselaer. School of Architecture Degree Programs Bachelor of Architecture Professional Bachelor of Science Building Science Minors in Architecture Acoustics Lighting Master of Architecture Professional Master of Architecture Post-Professional Master of Science in Architectural Sciences Ph.D. Program in Architectural Sciences The School of Architecture Rensselaer takes a bold approach to architecture embracing five key values 1 the interplay of art and science p.6 2 faculty and students close connections p.10 3 sustainability at the core p.12 4 a global perspective p.16 5 reaching into the community p.18 The School of Architecture is one of the finest programs of its kind in the United States situated within one of the nations most distinguished and forward-looking universities. Anyone considering a career in the field of architecture should have a strong understanding of what a powerful force it can be. Architecture has the potential to transform public space on a variety of scales and the next generation of buildings to be constructed will surely have a huge impact on our planet. There are extraordinary new tools to work with and sustainable solutions are being discovered every day. At Rensselaer our professors include internationally known practi- tioners who collaborate with students in an environment marked by a sense of shared purpose. Rensselaer is renowned for growing leaders who are able to merge a finely honed sense of design with exceptional computational and digital strengths. Here students develop a compre- hensive understanding of built ecology and sustainability proficiency with technology a connection to community and a truly global per- spective. They emerge as master thinkers ready to assume positions in some of the nations most important and innovative practices. Studying architecture at Rensselaer is not like studying architecture anywhere else. Its a whole new thing. EVAN DOUGLIS DEAN OF THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE the interplay of art and science is at the very heart of our institution ASchoolofArchitecturedesignearnedaplaceofhonorattheannualconferenceoftheAssociationforComputer AidedDesigninArchitectureheldinBanffCanada.ThedesignoftheLuminescentLimaonlightfixturewhich takesitsformfromamathequationanditssubtleglowfromaBaroquepaintingtechniqueearnedoneofthree prizesintheACADIA2011DesignFabricationCompetition. Once you start thinking about that interplay you realize that its everywhere. We listen to music on our phones. We experience great literature on our electronic readers. The Mona Lisa turns up as our screensaver. As an SoA student you will work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment that brings together architecture engineering and science. Our graduates emerge with awakened minds that are able to confront great new challenges in bold and original ways. The School of Architecture has developed a number of recent initiatives designed to capitalize on the energy that is generated when art meets science. These initiatives include our Design Development course and the Bedford Seminar. I have no doubt that Design Development was a big part of the reason I was invited to work at 3XN a Danish firm. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT Design studios typically ask students to develop an architectural response to a given program or problem. Students work for 14 weeks moving from the initial schematic planning to the ultimate design i.e. the art. At Rensselaer a required course known as Design Development has extended that model in bold new ways. The Design Development studio includes as an integrated project structure material circulation environ- mental flow codes and programming all the pragmatic issues for making a great building i.e. the science. You will begin the semester by choosing a design which might be one of your own from a previous design studio or an unrealized design by a world-renowned architect. The process then gets underway with a series of weekly charrettes each an intense design session that advance the projects en route to making a comprehensive building design. Design Development taught me to think about how to design to build from the beginning said Kyle Baumgardner 12 now an architectural designer with the Rockwell Group in New York City. A lot of times you take on projects that are a little bit unbelievablethere are a lot of ideas that just wouldnt work in terms of how you would build it. Design Development teaches you to be aware of things earlier on in the design. In his Design Development class Baumgardner and a partner chose a proposal for a courthouse that was created by the Danish firm 3XN. Baumgardner said the project was challenging but they were pleased with their results. In the summer of 2011 he and his Design Development partner were hired by 3XN for a summer internship and they completed a similar project on conceptual designs for an elaborate shelving system. Building Awareness KYLE BAUMGARDNER 12 art science 9 SoA students Joey Fala and Michelle Lahnemann collaborated on the Camo Bench one of two designs selected by the City of Troy for fabrication. This versatile piece can serve as a park bench a picnic table a climbing apparatus for children and even a display table for vendors at a farmers market. Basically we were looking to see furniture as something more than pragmatic or utilitarian said Fala. We wanted to see how it could help people congregate and interact socially. The pair also thought to include lighting in the design. Fala whose background is in theatrical lighting actually came to Rensselaer to study with its world- famous Lighting Research Center. We included lighting to make it safer and more inviting Fala explained and this decision made an impression on judges who liked the idea that this particular piece of furniture would be visible to boaters people crossing pedestrian bridges and even those across the Hudson River. The entire experience made a vivid impression on Lahnemann as well. Before I came to Rensselaer I thought architecture was only about designing structures. But the furniture project showed me that it could be about all kinds of things like art installations or project design. Thats exciting she said. Endless Possibilities JOEY FALA 14 MICHELLE LAHNEMANN 15 URBAN FURNITURE Urban Furniture is one of SoAs innovative vertical design studios. These courses which focus on specialized areas of architecture like urban planning building design or advanced architectural research are open to upperclassmen. The objective is to design pieces for the Troy Riverfront Park that will encourage new kinds of uses for this urban space. The course begins with students studying examples of what has been done across the country to revitalize parks and public spaces. The students are then charged with designing items that will not only serve as furnituretables benches etc.but that will also have a life as playscapes with playground elements. Among the pieces students have designed are a 21st century jungle gym a dual-purpose bench climbing rock and even an object that features a misting function for cooling down in hot weather. Urban Furniture gives students an opportunity to apply their learning to the real world. Working side-by-side with city officials they understand what it means to function within a systemand this knowledge will prove indispensable as they move ahead in their careers. We wanted to see how it could help people congregate and interact socially. THE BEDFORD SEMINAR The disciplines of architecture and engineering at Rensselaer come together in an ideal joint venture known as the Bedford Seminar. This interdisciplinary studio course allows students from both disciplines to work together exploring the uses of non- traditional structures andor materials in contemporary applications. The goal of the course is not to teach architects to be engineers but rather to expose them to engineering concepts and alert them to ways in which engineers can inform and shape their designs. In turn engineers get a taste for what its like to be an industry consultant working to assess the viability of proposed architectural designs.In short the aim is to bridge the divideand to give students the skills to continue to do that as they move ahead with their careers. AT WORK Engineering Ideas JESSE EMBLEY 11 Architects and engineers often work on structures together but they dont always see eye to eye. Engineers are a little more practical and numbers oriented while architects are a little more creative and tend to push the limit of what can be built said Jesse Embley 11 who went through the Bedford Seminar as an undergraduate. For their project Embley and his team designed a performing arts center that called for a 40-meter cantilever a system the engineers initially opposed. By working together the group found a structural solution that met safety requirements and preserved the cantilever. Being able to understand the language and point of view of the engineer was empowering. It made me a better architect Embley said. Today Embley is a senior associate at the innovative architectural firm SHoP which has a construction department under its roof developing designs and manufacturing elements of the structure. Embley works directly with the engineers. We carry out design and we have in-house engineers so we can efficiently move through the construction process Embley said. Its been an amazing experience and I owe it to the Bedford Seminar. Being able to understand the language and point of view of the engineer was empowering it made me a better architect. art science 11 The great sense of discovery that runs through the School of Architecture emanates from our diverse and distinguished faculty. Here you will encounter individuals like Nadarajah Narendran who leads a research team that is exploring solid-state lighting technology Ning Xiang who is internationally known for his work in the area of architectural acoustics and Zbigniew Oksiuta whose research focuses on the creation of new breeds of biological habitats. Architecture as interpreted by the Rensselaer faculty is breaking through boundaries at a dizzying pace and our students are at the forefront. at the School of Architecture faculty and students form close connections Lonn Combs who teaches design studios and analysis seminars in the School of Architecture is a principal in Easton Combs an international architecture and design firm based in New York City. He recently involved a group of his students in the 2011 installation of CHANGING ROOM an experimental environment housed in the Extension Gallery for architecture in Chicago. The School of Architecture has a wonderful atmosphere right now said Combs. There is a real sense that the school the faculty and the students are very focused on the future of technology and ecology in architecture. Moreover the students are curious and exceptionally creative. faculty students 12 Michael Oatman an internationally recognized collage and installation artist teaches SoA students the fundamentals of drawing and space. He also enlists students to work alongside him in Falling Anvil Studios his creative incubator. Increasingly my role has become about guiding young people toward being able to say I have an interest and my interest is this Oatman said. One recent project in which Oatman teamed up with students is All Utopias Fell a long-term installation on the roof of Mass MoCa the dynamic visual arts center located in North Adams MA. This installation which features a repurposed Airstream trailer parachutes and photovoltaic cells that will generate 7 percent of the power consumed by the museum involved students from conception through actualization. For Paula Rand 12 working on All Utopias Fell was a revelation. So much of what Michael does is about challenging the way you think working with a story and a narrative that it makes you reconsider what you can ultimately do in your own practice said Rand now an intern architect with ChoShields Studio in Brooklyn. For Kristin Diotte 11 now an architect with Re4orm Architecture in Schenectady the opportunity to work with an artist of Oatmans stature was a formative experience. Michael really taught me about rigor said Diotte. When you work with him and see the attention he pays to every detail and decision thats inspirational. Could I have done this project without my class asked Oatman. Yes. But this is an opportunity my students wouldnt ordinarily get this is something for their portfolio and something that will elicit their individual creativity. SoAstudentsevenfindthemselvesworkingwithfacultymembersoninternationalprojects.DemetriosComodromosa2002 graduateoftheSchoolofArchitecturenowteachesattheschoolwhileservingasaprincipalatMethodDesignanintegrated designshopinNewYorkCitythatheco-founded.In2010Comodromosinvolved12ofhisstudentsinaprojectforaDanish musicalfestivalcalledCopenhagenDistortion.WorkingalongsideDanishstudentsandfacultytheRensselaerteamcreatedthe D151tortPavilionadigitallyfabricatedreconfigurableacousticstructuremadeupof151soundabsorptiveconesarranged inahexagonalgeometricconfiguration.RPIisareallyinterestingplacesaidComodromosbecauseitdevotesitselfto experimentationandresearchandthenwetestitinpractice. As her third-year classmates set off for study abroad experiences in China India and Rome Jessica Bristow headed to her semester abroad at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology CASE in New York City. I was interested in sustainability and the flyer for CASE talked about built ecology said Bristow now an architectural designer with Guerin Glass in Brooklyn. The built ecology is a hybrid of engineering science and ecology in design. So youre not just putting solar panels on the roof of a building youre putting solar cells into the faade of a building and creating efficiency on multiple levels. Id never seen that before. Bristows semester at CASEwhich included assisting graduate students as well as taking a variety of contemporary classes that introduced her to scientific research on applicable topics parametric modeling a design studio and an urban studies courseopened her eyes to a more integrated approach to design. Abroad at Home JESSICA BRISTOW 12 CASE helped me understand systems and how they tie into the larger design and I see that in my thesis and the approach I took in the next two years. I learned to balance multiple approaches and produce a single synthesized design. sustainability 14 Rensselaer places sustainability at the center of the architectural conversation The gravity of the situation demands nothing less. Buildings currently account for more than one-third of the total energy consumption in the United States as well as nearly 40 percent of U.S. carbon production and much of that energy consumption is wasted. The traditional design of buildings in which systems like electrical heatingventilation air conditioning and watersewer are piped through the structure often snaking through walls and between floors comes at a tremendous cost to efficiency. Rensselaers formidable think tank the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology CASE is leading the way toward new solutions. CASE is developing products and design techniques that will make 21st century buildings self-sufficient entities capable of integrating the production and metabolism of energy water and waste water directly into design. We are entering an era in which buildings will have to perform far more efficiently said Anna Dyson director of CASE. Rensselaer CASE and the Built Ecology program put students in a very competitive position. The architect of the future will need to be technically literate flexible and adept at incorporating emerging technology in buildings and our students are confident that they can be a protagonist in that process. Select SoA students are chosen for the undergraduate program at CASE where they take a full semester of classes within the Manhattan offices of Skidmore Owings Merrill. In this way they get to leverage Rensselaers research platform while experiencing life in the fast lane of one of the worlds most prestigious architectural firms. Integrated Concentrating IC Dynamic Solar Faade This system incorporates solar technology directly within materials for windows faades and roof atria by sealing the essential components of a concentrated photovoltaic system between layers of glass. The IC Solar Facade System produces electricity with a photovoltaic cell capable of tracking the sun captures solar energy as heat for domestic hot water and heating reduces solar gain by the building and enhances interior daylight. The modular design can be used in new construction or retrofitted to existing building designs. The tracking IC Solar Module System has been demonstrated in several proof of concept lab-scale prototypes with multiple cell types. CASE uses actual building projects around the world to push the boundaries of environmental performance in urban building systems. CASE works closely with multiple institutions manufac- turers and the building industry on research supported by diverse organizations including the U.S. Department of Energy the National Science Foundation and the American Institute of Architects. The products and technologies shown here developed through CASE will surely shape the next generation of self-sufficient clean building design. CLASSES AVAILABLE THROUGH THE BUILT ECOLOGIES EXCHANGE Taught by CASE Faculty case Active Modular Phytoremediation System Current construction materials and building types fail to address problems of indoor air quality and have even become contributors to health problems in developed countries. Phytoremediation integrates living plant materials into building materials to clean airborne contaminants associated with poor indoor air quality and may also improve air quality in heavily polluted urban areas reduce the need to circulate air within buildings and reduce energy use. Building Integrated Hybrid Flow Control Systems CASE researchers are developing integrated wind energy designs that use small wind turbines mounted on the exterior of aerodynamically shaped buildings to harness energy. Their work is based on the concept of the Wind Assisted Rotor Platform WARP which uses saddle ridge shaped modules to amplify and channel wind flows onto attached turbines. Analysis of this approach suggests that it can be used to harness a wide range of wind directions while freeing up valuable interior space. Built Ecologies Materials Systems and Productions Research Investigations Parametrics Workshop Advanced Prototype Development Environmental and Ecological Systems ADD YEAR SEMESTER LIGHTING RESEARCH CENTER In keeping with the theme of sustainability the sound use of energy is also a focus of the Lighting Research Center LRC the worlds leading university-based research and education organization exclusively devoted to lighting. Programs and activities at the center include laboratory testing and real-world demonstration and evaluation of lighting products as well as conducting research into energy efficiency new products and technologies lighting design and human factors issues. The LRC offers a doctoral program and a one-year masters degree program in lighting as well as global training programs for government agencies utilities contractors lighting designers and other lighting professionals. This is a chance to learn what light can do for you. You can say I have this knowledge and it puts me ahead of other people who dont understand the best practices and what needs to be done to optimize this space. Seeing the Light KATHERYN CZUB 13 In a class on Environmental and Ecological Systems Katheryn Czub 13 saw the light. In a presentation on the effect of light Russ Leslie associate director of the Rensselaer Lighting Research Center flipped through slides of different lighting schemes. One slide showed a corridor lined with columns. The designers had positioned lights to graze the columns and disappear. It was a strong image said Czub now a lighting designer with Fisher Marantz Stone in New York City. There was nothing spectacular about that space but the fact that they had used lighting to alter how it felt really interested me. Through the LRC Czub has come to see that lighting has the potential to enhance health worker productivity and aesthetics. sustainability 17 4 we prepare students to practice and prosper in the global arena Some 80 percent of students in the School of Architecture enjoy study abroad programs as well as mid-semester and summer trips organized around a specific area of research. They get to spend valuable time with international architecture students and faculty. In this way they come to understand contextthat the materials and resources available to architects are different in China or India or the United Statesand they enrich the classroom with this new understanding upon their return. Italy Rensselaer students traveling to Italy in 2010 spent five weeks in Torino working side-by-side with Italian students and then relocated to the great city of Rome for the second half of the semester. We were addressing housing needs in Torino meeting with people from the various city departments and housing markets to gather insights said Ted Ngai the faculty member who accompanied the trip. Italy is really at the top of the world in terms of design culture Ngai said. They excel at product and car and furniture design but not necessarily architecturewhich is what RPI excels at. So there was a very healthy exchange. For Cesar Madrigal 12 the trip was an awakening to the power of ancient structures. It was amazing to see the work of our predecessors and to consider the kind of space youve read about in textbooks and then really understand it when youre actually inside that space said Madrigal now a designer at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Pennsylvania. You learn about the care and level of attention that goes into creating details and thats so valuable. China No nation in the world shows more evidence of 21st century change than China which has become an extraordinary hotbed of innovative architecture. From Rem Koolhaas Central Chinese Television headquarters to the Olympic Stadium birds nest to Linked Hybrid the apartment complex that boasts the worlds largest geothermal cooling system there is something to see wherever you look. We were there for 15 weeks said Professor Gustavo Crembil. Our students spent nine weeks working with Chinese students and then we traveled by bus all around the country ending up for a week in Hong Kong. Marissa Fabrizio 12 found every aspect of this experience invigorating. We did a studio on urban design with the Chinese students she said. We were given a portion of Shanghai to redesign specifically around the concept of an elevated train. I got to see more of a futuristic perspective than I generally see for the most part in the U.S. and Im definitely trying to bring some of that perspective to my own work now. The trip opened up whole new ways of thinking for Fabrizio now a designer at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Architecture is definitely becoming global in nature and I want to travel more and design in other countries she said. India Like China India is in the midst of an epic transformation witnessed firsthand by SoA students who have spent terms there. It is impossible to do justice to our time in India said Professor Michael Oatman who has accompanied students on trips there. Making drawings on the banks of the Ganges River hiking along the 32-kilometer wall of Kumbhalgarh Fort being immersed in the modernity and industry of Mumbai were all profound experiences. Collaborating with the Indian students at CEPT University in Ahmedabad revealed contrasts in learning styles and yielded new ways of looking at architecture and indeed the world of ideas. I think some of our students would say India changed their way of thinking Oatman said. Zoe Demple 13 was one such student. The RPI students and the Indian students learned from each other said Demple now an intern architect at BoneLevine in Brooklyn. RPI is quite conceptual in its orientation while the orientation of the Indian students tends to be more practical. And since Ahmedabad is one of Indias most quickly developing cities youre right there on the scene while theyre trying to figure things out and thats pretty fascinating. global perspective 19 Applying your skills and knowledge helping out your community and having unbridled fun all in one fell swoop Thats CANstruction a national competition in which lofty structures are made entirely out of cans of food. After the structures are built the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations. Rensselaer students comprise the only student team to compete in the Capital Regions CANstruction event which is held yearly at the New York State Museum. Dillon Webster 15 led a team of 13 students in last years event. The teams were charged with recreating a scene out of classic literature and the Rensselaer group chose Alice in Wonderland. Alice was shown upside down falling down a rabbit hole with miscellaneous mushrooms and teacups surrounding herall constructed out of cans. Im personally interested in anything around architecture that has to do with a social aspect said Webster now an architectural coordination intern at Method Homes in Seattle. Im fascinated by how people interact with spaces and how spaces interact with people. CANstruction DILLON WEBSTER 15 Learning better ways to communicate was another value I took away from CANstruction. And then of course we helped the hungry. communities 20 SoA students and faculty reach into the communities that surround them Founded in 1824 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has always exerted an important influence on the historic city of Troy and the Capital Region in general. One of the most recent campus additions the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center EMPAC is a case in point. EMPAC which opened its doors in 2008 has enriched the cultural life of the region immeasurably and has also been hailed as an architectural marvel. Indeed the New York Times calls EMPAC a technological pleasure dome for the mind and senses dedicated to the marriage of art and science as it has never been done before. This kind of local engagement is a key value that has consistently characterized the School of Architecture. There have been a significant number of local initiatives that have involved SoA students and that have emphasized the importance of maintaining a connection to the cultural legacy of our surroundings. In looking around the region the School of Architecture has been able to identify institutions with which to collaborate and has contributed valuable hands-on work. CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT One of the most significant ways that the School of Architecture interacts with the community is through the Capital Region Collaborative Initiative. This series of projects asked SoA students to reimagine three Capital Region museums the Shaker Museum and Library which preserves artifacts from the Shaker sect that lived in the area from 1787 to 1947 the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls which exhibits important European and American art works and the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady. The work is fascinating. In the case of the Shaker Museum for instance each student chose a Shaker artifact and then conducted a study of the piece that included a digital generative analysis drawing. These studies guided the students thinking as they designed and modeled a hypothetical 10000-square-foot archive and exhibition space for the museum. For her artifact Caressa Siu 14 chose a pair of Shaker dancing shoes. These were only used a certain time of the week said Siu and so they connoted something that was very structured and organized periodic and repetitive. I considered those principles in approaching the design. Through the symbiotic relationships that Rensselaer has forged with these three museumsand for the others that will surely come in the futureRensselaer and the surrounding community enrich each other. SoAs network of achievers is paving the way for the next generation of alumni. The constellation of skills that SoA students can claimdesign computational digitalas well as the leadership qualities they develop in the program puts them at an excellent advantage when it comes to advancing their careers. SoA students forge close ties to the working world holding internships not only at premier architectural firms in the United States but also in places like China England Denmark and Germany. During your time at Rensselaer you will make field visits to top firms that have in the past included Skidmore Owings Merrill Grimshaw Stephen Holl Snohetta and SHoP. Youll also network through your professors many of whom divide their time between their teaching responsibilities here at Rensselaer and their own architecture practices. You may even find yourself brought into a project that your professor is working on. When it comes time to seek employment you will find outstanding services on campus. Particularly noteworthy is the School of Architectures distinctive approach to the process of portfolio review. Practicing architects are invited to campus and they offer important pointers on student portfolios and presentation. As well the Architecture Career Fair is held annually each spring during which as many as 35 firms connect with our students. AndArchitectureEverywhereImportantbuildingsdesignedbyRensselaer-trainedarchitectscanbefoundall aroundtheworld.OneofthemosticonicstructuresdesignedbyaRensselaeralumnusissurelyApplescube storeonFifthAvenueinManhattan.ThisbuildingthefifthmostphotographededificeinNewYorkCitywas theworkofPeterBohlin58whohasalsodesignedApplestoresinthreeotherManhattanlocationsBoston ChicagoSanFranciscoLondonParisSydneyandJapan.Bohlinhasdesignedover10000Applestores aroundtheworld. communities 22 AT WORK Design From Day One KENDALL BALDWIN 11 Kendall Baldwin 11 entered the School of Architecture without having any prior experience using 80 percent of the software but that changed fast. We started learning from the first day of the first year she said. We were always kept up to date by professors who knew the latest. We got to the point where we were as savvy as people working at firms. At Grimshaw I knew every single program they had from the moment I walked through the door. Grimshaw where Baldwin worked as an architectural designer is one of the worlds most innovative architectural firms and has been responsible for many high-profile projects not least of which is Rensselaers spectacular EMPAC. After spending a semester in New York City with CASE Baldwin secured an internship with Grimshaw that translated into a full-time position upon her graduation. At Grimshaw Baldwin worked on museums a genetics center a subway transit center and a complex of buildings that will be erected in the Middle East. My favorite part of working at Grimshaw was that even though its a relatively large and very well-known company its not remotely corporate America she said. From day one I was given really important responsibilities and tasks and treated like a full member of the team. Today she is an assistant instructor at Princeton University. We got to the point where we were as savvy as people working at firms if not more so. communities 23 Rensselaers School of Architecture serves as a magnet for some of the most innovative thinking that is going on in the field today. Leading practitioners are often on campus for lectures workshops and symposia. Architecture Central IMMERSIVE LEARNING There always seems to be some fascinating workshop or conference going on at Rensselaer. Consider the SmartGeometry Workshop and Conference which Rensselaer hosted in 2012. This annual event held previously in Barcelona and Copenhagen is the premier gathering of the generative design community committed to new-age technology in architecture today. The 2012 conference titled Material Intensities Simulation Energy and Environment featured 10 selected clusters from around the world including three Rensselaer-led groups as they presented findings on such leading-edge matters as acrylic roof environments that actively respond to the presence and configuration of people in a room bio-responsive polymeric fabrics that are designed as clothing algorithmically designed ceramics that differentially respond to environment electropolymeric displays that act as bio-responsive building envelopes and parametrically designed grid-shells that are constructed at full-scale. DISTINGUISHED SPEAKERS The Professor Kenneth L. Warriner Memorial Lecture Series brings important voices in architecture to campus. The opportunity to hear architects sharing their perspectives immensely enhances the learning experience of our students. Included are such leaders in the field as Alice Aycock Peter Eisenman Smiljan Radic Thom Mayne Neil Denari Stephen Kieran Catherine Ingraham Roger Duffy Anton Garcia Abril architecture central 25 Most Wired Campus Rensselaers comprehensive digital network has earned the university repeated national praise as a Most Wired Campus. The School of Architecture participates in this network with wired and wireless access to campus resources as well as the Internet. In addition there is specialized networking to facilitate collaboration and multidisciplinary design exploration among Architecture iEAR Integrated Electronic Arts at Rensselaer and EMAC Electronic Media Arts and Communication. CONSIDER THESE EXCEPTIONAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO THE SOA STUDENT Studios. At Rensselaer you will find fully integrated studios where the best of tradition and technology meet. In a very real sense these studios become a model of the new workplacejoining the mobile student the digital desktop the drawing board and the most powerful new computer technologies in one multimodal environment. Interdisciplinary collaborations are encouraged using both electronic and traditional tools. Digital Futures Lab. A 32-seat advanced computation lab supports the integration of digital design and predictive modeling and system simulation. Digital Fabrications Lab. Rensselaer is committed to acquiring and providing the latest technologies available for fabrication and prototyping of design work at all levels. Dedicated facilitiesinclude 3-axis routingmilling laser cutting 3-D printing structural testing and analysis equipment a ceramics research laband a fully equipped woodworking shop. Architectural Acoustics Research Facilities. Includes a testing room with a hemi-anechoic chamber a binaural listening and auralization test station coupled laboratory spaces with two 24-channel loudspeaker systems video projection and INET 2 connection for multimodal audio visualhaptic telepresence research scale-model reverberation and anechoic chambers advanced acoustics vibration measurement systems laser doppler vibrometers and acoustic modeling and computation software. The Lighting Research Center LRC. Features state-of-the-art equipment and the ability to perform research in diverse areas of lighting and maintains the necessary measurement equipment computer-aided optical design capabilities and workshop required to produce and evaluate fully functional prototypes and models. These facilities and existing equipment represent one of the best-equipped university-based lighting laboratories in the United States. communities 27 Bachelor of Architecture Professional The five-year undergraduate professional program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board NAAB. It concludes with a year-longindividually developed and comprehensive final project that offers the opportunity to develop a point of view about architecture and its place in the world to question conventions habitual responses and routine approaches to architectural design and to investigate issues that the student sees as significant to architecture. Bachelor of Science in Building Science Building Science is a discipline that focuses on understanding physical phenomena that affect buildings building materials systems and performance. Rensselaers innovative four-year degree program provides an exceptional preparation for direct entry into one of the building industrys many sectors or as a foundation for advanced degrees in architecture business or construction management or engineering. Master of Architecture I The M.Arch.I Professional Program is 3 years long and leads to a first professional Master of Architecture degree. Accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board NAAB it is open to students who come from different academic disciplines or who have been enrolled in pre-architecture programs. Master of Architecture II Post-Professional The one-year M.Arch.II degree requires 30 credits including the required methods seminars. The school offers two distinct M.Arch.II concentrations. The program at Rensselaers Troy campus engages both the concepts and practice of Emergent Cities. A second concentration in Performance Design is taught in New York City at the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology its curriculum develops Architecture is situated at a unique moment in history in which a convergence of global interests demands that our discipline respond in critical and innovative ways. Faced with an ever-increasing focus on creating new forms of renewable energy smart grids and coastal city solutions computational engines immersive environ- ments and ecologically sound building components for the 21st century the profession of architecture is poised to meet these demands with a spirit of creative inquiry and engagement. The School of Architecture at Rensselaer prepares practitioners for this challenging field offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. DEAN EVAN DOUGLIS The School of Architecture Academic Degrees The Hyde Collection at Glens Falls Contact Information Address School of Architecture Greene Building Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 110 8th Street Troy NY 12180 USA Main Phones Front Desk 518 276-6466 Deans Office 518 276-6460 Undergraduate Programs Lecia ODell Student Services Administrator 518 276-8478 odelllrpi.edu Graduate Programs Vicki Pocorobba Senior Program Administrator 518 276-6877 pocorv2rpi.edu www.arch.rpi.edu knowledge and expertise in the performance design process. Master of Science in Architectural Sciences The Master of Science degree in Architectural Sciences offers graduate study in three distinct concentrations Architectural Acoustics This degree program provides a unique opportunity in architectural acoustics by generating scientific research for advanced work in room acoustics psychoacoustics acoustic and vibration measure- ment techniques noise control and sound reinforcement. Research is supported by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. The program has an ongoing relationship with Rensselaers innovative Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center among other institutions. Built Ecologies Designed for those individuals who are interested in engaging in interdisciplinary studies that focus on the development of new strategies. Examples include the investigation of emerging building technologies and issues related to communities and technology. Lighting Geared toward the needs of professionals either currently working or wishing to pursue careers in the lighting industry or design fields this degree program exposes students to a wide range of topics within lighting including the physics of light lighting technology human factors design and application. At the masters level each concentration offers a distinct curriculum intended to prepare graduates to enter specialized design practice consultancy or to attain the minimum credential for teaching in higher education. Typically the knowledge gained in the masters degree is foundational to the pursuit of the Ph.D. and the degree is considered preparatory to advanced research-based work. The degree culminates in a masters thesis. Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences The School of Architecture offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architectural Sciences to candidates who are prepared to undertake innovative and substantive research that adds to the body of knowledge drawn on by the design disciplines. The Sciences in this context refer to those disciplines that support and shape our understanding and production of the built environment including its physical biological social cognitive and cultural contexts. The Ph.D. is an inherently interdisciplinary degree in which concentrations can be elected in Architectural Acoustics Built Ecologies Lighting A distinguished faculty within the school and across the Institute provides support for research projects that are informed by both disciplinary depth and trans- disciplinary integration. The degree is intended for those who desire a career in teaching research specialized professional practices or consulting. The program is intended to build knowledge skills insight and experiences that will enable these individuals to make an original and lasting contribution to their chosen field beginning with their dissertation and continuing into their professional lives. The program is structured to foster a community of students and scholars a collaborative environment in which lateral flows of ideas and influences enrich the research agenda of each member of the community. Out There SoA alumni can be found all over the world actively engaged in some of the most exciting work in the field today. Many of them also feel a strong sense of loyalty to their alma mater and are open to making connections with new graduates. Alan Greenberger73 Executive directorof the Philadelphia City Planning Com m ission Greenbergeris also the deputy m ayorfor planning and econom ic developm entand director ofcom m erce forthe city. StevenEhrlich68 The2015AIAFirmof theYearaward-winner Ehrlichhasbeen involvedwithsuch projectsastheArizona StateUniversityWalter CronkiteSchoolof Journalismbuildingas wellastheASUSchool ofEarthandSpace Exploration. Kathryn Prigmore 78 is an award-winning architect with over 30 years of practice. Chief operations officer at STUDIOS Architecture in Washington D.C. she is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and former associate dean at Howard University. Em ilyGrandstaff-Rice99 Associate atCam bridge Seven Associates Inc. where she specializes in environm entally friendly design and construction. H erprojects include the Boston Childrens M useum a health and science building at U M ass Lowelland the Greensboro Science Centerin N orth Carolina. She is also president ofthe Boston Society of Architects. TomBirdsey72 Birdseyispresidentand chiefexecutiveofficer ofEYPthedesignfirm whoseprojectshave includedtheNewYork StateDepartmentof Educationseveral buildingsattheCollege ofSaintRoseSkidmore CollegeSienaCollege andthePalaceTheater restoration. Peter Bohlin 58 Internationally acclaimed architect and founder of the firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson whose work ranges from private houses to urban libraries commercial buildings civic centers and iconic Apple stores. Winner of the 2010 AIA Gold Medal. ScottW yatt72 Partnerand chairm an of the board ofN BBJwhere he oversees the firm s 10 offices.H e has led the creation ofnew global headquarters forsom e ofthe worlds forem ost corporations including GoogleBoeingSam sung ReebokAm azonTelenor AdobeAm genand RussellInvestm ents. Jam es Bradburn 66 Founding principal ofFentress Bradburn ArchitectsBradburn has seen his firm assigned to such projects as the DenverInternational Airportthe Colorado Convention Centerand the 1.1 billion Incheon InternationalAirport PassengerTerm inalin SeoulSouth Korea. NON PROFIT ORG U.S. POSTAGE PAID RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE RENSSELAER Montreal Troy Philadelphia Pittsburgh Boston NYC Toronto CANADA Rensselaer Admissions Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 110 8th Street Troy NY 12180-3590 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute complies with all federal state and local nondiscrimination laws and provides equal opportuni- ties for all persons regardless of race color religion sex sexual orientation gender identity gender expression age marital sta- tus national origin citizenship status disability military status veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. 2015 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. All rights reserved. Rensselaer at a Glance Rensselaer educates the leaders of tomorrow for technologically based careers. We celebrate discovery and the responsible application of technology to create knowledge and global prosperity. Schools Rensselaer offers more than 110 programs at the bachelors masters and doctoral levels. Undergraduates can choose from among 38 majors and 63 minors. School of Architecture School of Engineering School of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences Lally School of Management School of Science Faculty Rensselaer faculty members include National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellows members of the National Academy of Engineering the National Academy of Sciences and other eminent professional organizations. Enrollment Fall 2014 Undergraduate Students 5557 Resident Graduate Students 1204 Our students represent 49 states and 65 countries around the globe. Class of 2018 69 graduated in top 10 of high school class 14 awarded Rensselaer Medal SAT mid-50 range 1300-1490 A-B average high school GPA Student Life 23 varsity teams and more than 50 intramural and club sports. 200 student clubs and organizations operate under a student-controlled budget of 8 million. Location Rensselaer occupies a 275-acre hilltop cam- pus overlooking the Hudson River in Troy New York. 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