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Facades Conference 2010 - Day 2

University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Architecture hosted a Facade Conference on November 19th and 20th. Lots of academicians and practitioners presented their work.

Karen M. Kensek from USC School of Architecture commenced the proceedings of the second day of Facades Conference 2010. Mic Patterson from Enclos Corp. talked on ‘Structural Glass Facades.’  Jeffrey C.Vaglio, also from Enclos Corp., took the stage and briefed us about ‘Double-Skin Facades’.

All Ph.D. Students from USC School of Architecture introduced their respective topics. The Ph.D. studio is primarily focused on Facades.

Mark Dannettel, Vice President of Thornton Tomasetti, enlightened us on “Pretension Cables and Glass.’  James Parker from Simpson Gumpertz and Heger talked about ‘Attachment strategy for cast glass and Alabaster façade of complex geometry for seismic forces and drift.’ Greg Otto, director of Buro Happold, talked about different façade types. Peter Simmonds, senior associate of BE Consulting Engineers, discussed ‘Reviving a climate wall: Presenting both convective and radiant heat gains to a client.’

Scott Johnson, design partner of Johnson Fain, presented about ‘Creative Skin,’ which was informed by his recent book. David C.Martin, design principal & co-chairman of AC Martin, had a topic on modern technology in climate-sensitive design and all its subsystems.

The final keynote, ‘Surface: Performative,’ was given by Thom Mayne from Morphosis.




Sketch or Stretch at USC School of Architecture

On November 17th, Quingyun Ma, dean of USC’s School of Architecture since 2007, identifies the multiple facets in architectural design. In Sketch or Stretch, Ma exposes the multi-dimensions of architecture, from its conception to its final product- design and construction. He emphasizes the final product is an integration of input and compromise among those involved, from the client, the city, and engineers, to the design team.

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Facades Conference 2010- Day 1

University of Southern CaliforniaSchool of Architecture hosted a Facade Conference on November 19th and 20th. Lots of academicians and practitioners presented their work.

Inaugural speech was given by Prof. Douglas Noble. The first speakers were Karen Mozes and Matt Williams from Arup who talked about Engineering Transparency. They talked about creating engineering solutions to achieve architectural transparency.

Eleanor Lee from The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory talked about integrated, high performance facade solutions.

In the second session, Paul Zajfen  and Andy Labov from CO Architects started the session. They discussed about 'Adapting Rainscreen Technology to a Desert Climate'. They gave an example of Heath Sciences Education Building in Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

Daniel Benjamin, principal of Harley Ellis Devereaux briefed about 'Facades and the collective expression of circumstances.'

Daune McLeod, director at Walt Disney Imagineering Facade Pre-fabrication talked about Character Facades and the  projects in Hong Kong.

In the end, Sanjeev Tankha fromFabriTec Structures and Oliver Sommerhalder from Gensler explained about designing of a high performance building envelope and Integrating building performance into the architectural design process.


LAIAD Lecture by Joe Day of Deegan Day Design

A few weeks ago we had a lecture by guest speaker Joe Day of Deegan Day Design, who also serves on the design faculty board at SCI-Arc.  The lecture was held at the Telemachus Studio located in The Brewery, a downtown art community.  LAIAD’s Co-Director and Design Studio Instructor, Carl Smith, is a partner at Telemachus Studio with his wife Melynda Eccles.  The studio functions as a workspace as well as their living unit.  The Brewery is a 22-building complex consisting of historic industrial structures.  Telemachus Studio was extremely cool to us students due to the industrial feel and the design that Carl and Melynda created.  The studio consists of high ceilings, wood beams, metal rods, steel stairs, brick walls, and most importantly…several catwalks! 

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Cal Poly Pomona AIAS Events!

Cal Poly Pomona AIAS has various upcoming events! These include:

  • International Education Week-where we will be selling freshly made spring rolls to help fundraise.
  • Grasshopper Workshop
  • and a Pie Eating Contest

  Our latest past event was a Pumpkin Carving Contest that got our architecture student body pumped for upcoming Holiday Events.

Check out our events calendar for our complete list of events and schedules.