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North Carolina State University

November 12, 2011

New Hires:

Assistant Professors Dr. Soolyeon Cho, Dana K. Gulling, and Sara Queen, have joined the faculty at College of Design School of Architecture at North Carolina State University.

Assistant Professor Cho’s expertise is in energy modeling and performance simulation for the design and development of sustainable buildings. His research and work experience includes energy savings calculation, high-performance building design, energy-efficient systems design, renewable energy systems integration, and performance Measurement and Verification (M&V). Prior to joining the faculty at the College of Design, Dr. Cho was an Assistant Professor of Architecture for three years at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, where he developed core courses in the Master of Science in Sustainable Design program. Since 1999, Dr. Cho has conducted numerous research projects related to energy efficiency and thermal comfort in the built environment. During the summer of 2010, Dr. Cho received a fellowship from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory of the US Department of Energy and conducted a research for the development of ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010. In his Ph.D. research in Architecture at Texas A&M, Dr. Cho developed a methodology to develop an easy-to-use simulation tool for the selection of high-performance systems. This tool was designed to help building practitioners make quick design decisions for their design projects. He earned his MS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and BS in Mechanical Engineering from Korea.

Assistant Professor Gulling’s teaching and research broadly examines the growing importance of design integration of building services, systems, and details to architectural design.  Her research specialty focuses on manufacturing processes and new materials and their potential application in architectural design. Prior to joining the College of Design, Professor Gulling was an Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico and at the Savannah College of Art and Design.  She has taught graduate and upper-level architecture design studios in construction technology, architectural structures, and seminars on manufacturing.  In August of 2009, Professor Gulling co-organized the Building Technology Educators’ Society Conference, titled ‘Assembling Architecture’, which brought together educators, researchers, and practitioners with a focus on building technology.

Dana holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame with a concentration in Structural Engineering and a Master’s of Architecture from Yale University. Additionally, Professor Gulling is a registered architect. 

Assistant Professor Queen’s research and teaching focuses on k-12 design education and the application of cartographic tools to represent the dynamic and ever-shifting nature of landscape with the built-environment.  She earned her Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the College of Design at North Carolina State University and her Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She worked as a project manager with Frank Harmon Architect from 2002-2005 on award-winning projects including the Strickland Ferris Residence and Prairie Ridge Eco-Station.  She has taught studios at Harvard University in the Career Discovery and Project Link programs. Professor Queen has also led middle school design studios and k-12 teacher workshops in Design Thinking at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum.  Before joining the full time faculty, Professor Queen was a Teaching Fellow within the College of Design leading graduate and undergraduate studios and seminars.

Faculty News:

Professor Georgia Bizios and co-editor Katie Wakeford have published a new essay collection titled Bridging the Gap: Public-Interest Architectural Internships. Twenty-two contributors from across the United States contributed to the book which brings together the best in current practice and thinking regarding public-interest architectural internship and advocates for new models that will have the power to profoundly change the architectural profession and our communities. The project was supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a faculty development grant from the NC State University College of Design. The collection is available at:

Professor Georgia Bizios’ professional practice was honored with a 2011 AIA Triangle Residential Tour Award for the Davis Residence. A jury selected six homes for recognition through a rigorous peer review process. Over three hundred visitors toured the house. For more information please visit:

Associate Professor Kristen Schaffer gave an invited conference presentation in Hamburg, Germany. The conference was part of Hamburg's preparation for nominating the city's early warehouse and office district for inclusion in UNESCO's World Heritage List.  The conference papers will become part of the official submission to UNESCO.   The international conference was organized by ICOMOS Germany and the Hamburg Ministry of Culture, Department for Heritage Preservation, in cooperation with Hafen City University and the Sutor Foundation. Dr. Schaffer spoke on the early tall office building in Chicago.

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