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Advancements in Sustainable Envelope Design

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The Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE) is an inspiring new model of collaboration, combining the academic research of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) with the design and engineering skills of professionals, including co-founder Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.  Having undertaken a mission to “radically change the way that our future cities use energy, water and resources,” the CASE partnership is at the forefront of sustainable building system development.

Although CASE addresses a wide variety of global challenges, this panel will focus discussion on innovative façade strategies.  From integrated solar power to air purification and energy reduction, these advancements in building systems will substantially impact every sector of the built environment, including conservation of water, reduction of material use, harvesting of urban wind energy, and effective delivery of HVAC within the building matrix.  Experts Anna Dyson, Jason Vollen and Peter Randolf-Hazard Stark are CASE faculty who will share their extensive knowledge in the implementation of adaptive building envelopes at this distinctive event.


Anna Dyson
Director, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology
Professor, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Anna Dyson, the founding Director of CASE (2007-present), teaches design, technology, and theory at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer.  She has been recognized with multiple awards for her designs and innovations, and her work has been exhibited internationally.  Dyson holds multiple international patents for building systems inventions and is currently directing interdisciplinary research to develop new building systems that integrate advances in science and technology.

Jason O. Vollen, RA
Associate Director, Center for Architecture Science and Ecology
Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Jason Oliver Vollen is a Registered Architect and researcher, focusing on emerging material technologies. Vollen is a principal with Binary Design, a collaborative practice focusing on energy effective architecture and emerging material processes. He has worked as a project manager, designer, and fabricator with the Cranbrook Architecture Office as well as with Matter Architecture Practice in New York.

Peter Randolf-Hazard Stark, PhD
Professor, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 
Professor, School of Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Peter Stark is a physicist and mechanical engineer working on systems design at CASE.  He has extensive experience in imaging and non-imaging optics, low and high concentration PV (in both design and fabrication of system prototypes), and design for high volume production. Stark is a co-founder of HeliOptix, LLC where he focuses on mechanical and optical engineering.


GBCI CE Hours (LEED CMP Credits) - Approved for 1.5 CE Hour
AIA/CES Credits 
- Approved for 1.5 HSW/SD/LU Hour


6:00 - 6:30 pm: Reception

6:30 - 8:00 pm: Presentation


The Mohawk Group
71 West 23rd Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10010

Special thanks to The Mohawk Group for hosting this event!
This event was developed by our
Monthly Programs Committee.