School of Architecture

Design. Develop. Build. Africa

In 2016/17 students from three universities, Georgia Tech, Have Tech, and PBSA Düsseldorf, are collaborating to design and build a residential compound in the Volta region in Ghana. Working with the NGO Meeting Bismarck, the community of Have, local and international engineers and the department for Health of the Volta region, the project aims to revive vernacular construction techniques such as bamboo through digital design methodology and c raft. The Midwives Quarters Have provide housing for midwives and international aid workers to enable their work at the Health Clinic in Have.

Urban Ecological Design

Direct design of cities is often regarded as impossible owing to the fluidity, complexity, and uncertainty entailed in urban systems. And yet, we do design our cities, however imperfectly. Cities are created objects, intended landscapes, that are manageable, experienced and susceptible to analysis (Lynch, 1984). Urban design as a discipline has been focusing on “design” in its professional practices.

Introduction to Historic Preservation

This course will help students develop an understanding of the history, philosophy, organization, current legislation, policies, and practices of historic preservation in the United States. The course is designed to give students an overview of the field and its relationship with other built environment professions, such as architecture, construction, planning, engineering, and landscape architecture and the critical role historic preservation plays in creating sustainable communities. Service projects give students real-life experience in historic preservation.

Jr/Sr Studio (Study Abroad Berlin)

Urban Transportation

This course is an introduction to urban passenger transportation policy and planning in the US with a sustainability focus. The course is structured around three components on which we will spend approximately five weeks each: 1) History, theory, and problem definition 2) The planning process, and 3) Solutions. Throughout the semester we will come to understand how our current transportation systems came to be, what a sustainable system would look like, policies and planning approaches that will help us to achieve it, and challenges we’re likely to face.

Green Construction

The course focuses on strategies and technologies to improve the energy efficiency and performance of buildings, and to reduce the environmental impact of buildings. The course emphasizes technical aspects of building design, materials selection, construction processes, and building operations. The use of objective criteria for assessing building “green-ness”, from meta issues such as building location and site – to operational details such as the selection of cleaning chemicals, is stressed throughout the course.

Healthcare Design of the Future

This active multidisciplinary class provides and introduction to healthcare and healthcare design, focusing on how to identify and evaluate opportunities for innovation; how to set up and analyze field studies; how to conduct multidisciplinary human-centered design projects, and how to express results in written and graphic form, including mock-ups.  Multidisciplinary teams work with healthcare partners such as Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory Healthcare, to develop solutions to empower patients and families, and make healthcare safer and more effective.

Retrofitting Suburbia

The automobile-dependent nature of suburban development has negative impacts on economic, social, and environmental health and sustainability.  However, as an increasing number of suburban properties are aging they are providing opportunities to address a range of 21st Century challenges they were never designed for.

Drawing on Nature

Our research begins with  a series of direct observation drawing exercises focusing on gesture, proportion, scale, perspective, and composition, followed by studies of master draftsmen such as Michelangelo, Raphael, and da Vinci.  Their great skill as artists was a direct manifestation of their knowledge of plants, animals, scientific principles, and the human figure.  We then are joined by professors from the School of Biology and invited experts, who discuss our drawing observations and help direct our research agenda.

Water, Stormwater, Green Infrastructure, and Designing Sustainable Communities

A workshop focusing on collaborative design – involving architects, planners and engineers -  of sustainable stormwater solutions that contribute to community development. The project focus of the workshop will be within the Proctor Creek Watershed and the Georgia Tech Campus. The workshop includes invited lectures from Atlanta and nationally, seminars on critical topics, and student collaborative teams doing project designs and presentations. 

 

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