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Submissions from the School of Architecture are deeply focused on positioning technologies and the built environment in conversation and harmony with the natural world and/or previously built environments. There’s also a particular focus on shifting architectural practice, making, and theory to reflect the evolving world, impacted by COVID-19 and climate change.


Haresh Lalvani
School of Architecture, Center for Experimental Structures

This multi-year project (interrupted by covid-19) is now in its last phase of fabrication, with the intention of an outdoor installation at Pratt Institute in the Fall of 2021.

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Digital rendering of Hypersurface, elevation view of a structure with multiple curves and no clear indication of joints or where certain pieces meet.

Jonathan A. Scelsa
School of Architecture, Undergraduate Architecture
K-12 Seed Grant 2019-2020
Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) Fellowship 2019-2020

Augmenting the Digital Review serves as an investigation into the use of augmented reality technology within early architectural education, as a means of introducing both historical and contemporary tools of abstract making and seeing.

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Augmented image trigger

Jerrod Delaine
School of Architecture, Construction /Facilities Management, Real Estate Practice

The Covid-19 outbreak in America in the spring of 2020 has disproportionately impacted the Black community in America, exposing long-standing vulnerabilities. This impact has shed a long-overdue light on the connection between wealth, health, housing, and race in America. This research explores what extent financial incentives encourage communities to improve diversity in homeownership. And, in turn, to what extent that will improve the community physically, socially and economically.

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image of housing complex with skyline in the background

Ane Gonzalez Lara
School of Architecture, Undergraduate Architecture

Southern New Mexico is a land of harsh contrasts, sublime landscapes, and silenced stories. The region selected for this work, the Lower Rio Grande Valley, encompasses the counties of Socorro, Doña Ana, Sierra, Otero, and Luna.

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View from the edge of the Rio Grande river

Jeffrey Anderson and Ahmad Tabbakh
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

This project demonstrates the possibility of creating an accurately aligned physical-digital hybrid experience to augment a physical art installation. The exhibition design and fabrication was completed by Kyriaki Goti at Some People Studio and was built in Frederick, Maryland.

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hands hold up an ipad to show the augmented reality of the physical world being captured through the app

Niyousha Zaribaf, MArch ‘21
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

This 1:1 façade prototype explores the hybridization of two architectural and non-architectural systems within the context of the climate crisis. With the configuration of three different layers (1) hidden object, (2) interstitial space, and (3) outer shell, the natural ventilation system becomes an architectural system to be analyzed.

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top view of the digital rendering of the structure

Ariane Harrison
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

The Pollinators Pavilion is an analogous habitat for native, cavity-dwelling bees. The structure both communicates data harvested from its monitoring system—addressing the gap in scientific knowledge on native bees—and introduces these overlooked yet critical pollinators to a broad public to promote biodiversity and ecosystem restoration.

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nterior view of the pavilion

Pankti Mehta, MS Sustainable Environmental Systems ‘20
School of Architecture, Graduate Center for Planning and Environment (GCPE) and Sustainable Environmental Systems (SES)

Green Infrastructure (GI) implementation is often prioritized based on a singular problem: stormwater runoff. GI, however, is argued to have multiple co-benefits, raising the question: why aren’t these co-benefits accounted for prior to implementation?

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Drawing of city street with areas circled where green infrastructure could be incorporated

Niyousha Zaribaf, MArch ‘21; Runxue Guo, MArch ‘21; and Zhuojun Yun, MArch ‘21
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

Aggressive mining is happening today worldwide, resulting in a changed landscape. The quarry brings new texture to the earth, but the process pollutes the water.

The Pulsating Gardens use the Daoism philosophy of Chinese painting to hybridize mining space and the existing conditions of Shandong Mining Park in Zibo, China, in order to show a potential harmony between human activities and nature.

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Chunk model that reveals the inside of the Pulsating Gardens

James Nanasca, MArch ‘22 and Rohan Saklecha, MArch ‘22
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

Inspired by Lebbeus Woods’ Sarajevo Reconstruction Project, this design re-imagines the idea of “Free Space,” as new and flexible public spaces for the residents of the Farragut Housing Community.

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Radical Crystallization Axonometric

Jonathan A. Scelsa
School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

Richard Rothstein’s research has shown us that during World War II and immediately afterward, there were opportunities to build new integrated cities in the United States, as they doubled or even quadrupled in population when new, much-needed factory workers arrived. Instead, efforts by the Federal Housing Commission kept white families and African American families segregated. Specifically, the African American families were forced to remain in housing that was meant to be only temporary, while white families were given low-rate mortgages towards ownership in the suburbs.

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group of young adults play baseball in front of housing for African Americans next to a comparison photo of a white family in front of a suburban home

Duks Koschitz and Che-Wei Wang
School of Architecture, Undergraduate Architecture

In terms of global carbon emissions, the built environment is a major culprit; and the d.r.a (Center for Design Research in Architecture) aspires to find novel solutions for lightweight structures, since they can have a much smaller footprint than conventional building methods.

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The front view of the Strapsteel Greehouse as it was installed in Higgins Hall.