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University of Southern California

July 21, 2014

Dr. Joon-Ho Choi was recently selected for the ARCC New Investigator Award in 2014. His research, entitled “Human-Building Integration for Assessment of Indoor Environmental Quality for Human Health and Environmental Sustainability:  Pupil-Size Based Visual Environment Control in the Workplace” was submitted and reviewed as an emerging and innovative research topic. This experimental research provides unique knowledge concerning how an individual’s physiological signals can be translated to estimate his/her visual sensation and comfort level, as a function of pupil sizes, their fluctuations, and time frequencies. Therefore, the research outcome will be potentially applicable as a control and diagnostic tool for designing a workplace environment, where the occupants’ environmental health, work productivity, and energy performance are critical.

Professor Kyle Konis, Ph.D, AIA was invited by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) to speak at its annual conference, Nov. 2-4 in Pittsburgh on the topic of daylighting design impacts on health.

Jose Sanchez is coordination a session and presenting at Smart Geometry in Hong Kong. He is also presenting in the 'Serious Games' conference at USC cinema school.

Anders Carlson recently presented his concepts for an interactive seismic map at the national workshop, "New Audiences, New Products for the National Seismic Hazard Maps" sponsored by the Science Application for Risk Reduction Project. Researchers in 18 fields were gathered to discuss opportunities and he proposed a map or app that would allow users to see the strongest shaking a building has felt, what it is expected to feel, and an estimate of what level of shaking it was designed to resist.

Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture, Yo-ichiro Hakomori, and landscape architecture professor Takako Tajima conducted a joint 2 week urban design workshop with USC graduate landscape students and graduate architecture students from Meiji University School of International Architecture and Urban Design in June of this year.  Participants examined a development project by Forest City Enterprises in downtown San Francisco at the epicenter of urban transformation south of Market Street.  During the visit to San Francisco, students received a tour of the site and presentation of the project by the developer, as well as visits to Gensler, SOM, and AECOM.  The design workshop was later conducted on the campus of USC with a final presentation to the developer of the work produced by the students via Skype.  "I was so impressed with the level of detail and creativity the students were able to produce in such a short period of time." says the Project Manager from Forest City. 

This spring, Chris Warren taught a studio in Como, Italy for the USC MXP Study Abroad in Italy program.  Also, in June, the construction was completed on A.P.C. Melrose Place, a new 2,500sf flagship store for the French clothier.  He is in now in the process of completing new stores in Downtown LA and Silverlake for the retailer, as well as moving into construction on a new home in Venice.

Patrick Tighe Architecture was shortlisted for the 2014 World Architecture / Inside Award. The shortlisted projects and the winners to be lauded at the World Architecture Festival in Singapore in the Fall. Patrick Tighe Architecture also recently completed 2 stores for fashion designer Rick Owens, a flagship store in Milan and another shop in London.

Mic Patterson is on the scientific review committee for Glasscon Global, which just completed its inaugural three-day conference in Philadelphia in July, and where he presented a paper entitled: The Millennium IGU: "Regenerative Concept for a 1000-Year Insulated Glass Unit," and chaired a session "energy performance of buildings influenced by glass." Mic is also in the Advisory Group for the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and will attend their world congress in Shanghai in September, where he will present another paper: "Curtainwall Lifecycles: Evaluating Durability and Embodied Energy." 

Mario Cipresso AIA was recently a juror for the 2014 AIA Orange County Student Design Competition.

Rob Ley and his firm, Urbana, recently completed a 13,000 s.f. interactive facade for Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.  The project and design methodologies behind its inception and fabrication will be presented at this years's ACADIA Conference, held at USC, October 23-25, 2014 

Professor G. Goetz Schierle is preparing a research grant and book on Fabric Structures

Gail Peter Borden won three grants [USC-URAP and two USC-URSPs] to support his work in material age and surface and was named one of 100 Notable Professors at Top Research Universities, [the only architect on the list] by He has been selected to participate in the prestigious Dallas based Architect vs. Artist Exhibition and will serve as a juror for the ongoing Marfa Housing competition.

Susanna Seierup has begun design on a new residential project in Santa Cruz, California. 

Eric Nulman recently presented his paper “Pedagogy at Full-Scale” at the 2014 ACSA International Conference in Seoul, Korea. The paper considers the value of full-scale prototyping in architectural education, and outlines an alternative model of pedagogy that utilizes prototyping exercises to cultivate material agency in studio projects. The presentation highlighted recent undergraduate coursework completed at USC, and how full-scale exercises were employed as an instructional tool towards achieving a desired learned outcome. 

Alexander Robinson recently negotiated and arranged for the signing of a joint research agreement between the USC School of Architecture and the Los Angeles branch of the Army Corps of Engineers, with the intention of strengthening and supporting a collaborative research program on the future revitalization of the Los Angeles River.  Also, following a successful studio review about the sourcing the water for the Los Angeles River with the attendance of nearly a dozen Los Angeles City officials Alexander was invited to become a stakeholder in the One Water LA planning effort and attend and comment on a landmark planning effort about the future integration of water in Los Angeles. 

Vinayak Bharne spoke on his recent book Zen Spaces and Neon Places: Reflections on Japanese Architecture and Urbanism at the USC Pacific Asia Museum on July 20. He is also one of the invited contributors to the forthcoming 50th Issue of the DOCOMOMO Journal. Bharne’s article titled “Rereading Our Recent Past: Notes on Chandigarh and New Gourna” examines the ongoing dilemmas surrounding the future of two contemporaneous iconic modern places, Le Corbusier’s largest urban project in India, and Hassan Fathy’s groundbreaking adobe village in Egypt.

Scott Uriu’s firm Baumgartner+Uriu has been feature at the Morphos “Sustainable Empires” exhibition at the Palazzo Albrizzi in Venice, Italy in collaboration with the International ArtExpo which opened June 6th, 2014.   

Douglas Noble and Karen Kensek coordinated a four-day architecture licensing workshop in Los Angeles in May.  Twenty-eight classes were taught to more than 800 attendees.  Kensek and Noble have been organizing licensing programs for just over seven years, with more than 325 class taught and over 12,500 participants.  There are 2000 members of the “Not Licensed Yet” group, known as NotLY.  Whenever a member becomes licensed, they are ceremoniously thrown out of the group.  NotLY received an ACSA award in March, and was the subject of a presentation at the AIA National Convention in Chicago in June.

Assistant Professor Alvin Huang has been featured as a "Next Progressive" by ARCHITECT Magazine in a 5-page profile & interview entitled "The Synthesis of Digital Craft" in the June 2014 issue of the magazine. Additionally, his firm Synthesis Design + Architecture has recently won a public art commission for the Silver Line Metro in Los Angeles.  He is currently co-chairing the 2014 ACADIA Conference with David Gerber and Jose Sanchez (October 23-26 in Los Angeles).


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