Designing for Performance

Since 2001, NCARB has awarded nearly $900,000 to architecture programs that find innovative ways to bridge the gap between education and practice. This year, the Council will award up to $75,000 to up to three schools. The submission deadline is September 30, 2014 at 5 p.m. EDT. In the meantime, here's an update on Kansas State University's 2013 Award-funded project.

Program: Kansas State University, College of Architecture, Planning & Design—Manhattan, KS
“Designing for Performance: Research and Innovation in Building Envelopes”
Total Award: $25,000

This project seeks to explore the relationship between research and practice by joining forces with a leading manufacturer of envelope systems. In a studio setting, students, aided by a team of practitioners, will use computer analysis and instrumented mockups to develop, test, and integrate building skins that can reduce energy use. By applying environmental and building physics knowledge to the design process, this course will tackle real world-problems associated with building performance. More importantly, the project reveals that architects have the capacity to become leaders in advancing sustainability.

“It was really exciting to work with practitioners and having BNIM at our reviews,” said Master of Architecture student Lindsey Telford. “It’s easy when you’re in school to get into a little bubble where you’re not sure if your work is relevant … So having BNIM interested and excited about our research was great reassurance that what we’re doing is valuable.”