3 Digital Design + Performance group events

SSoA_JP IEQ4Energy Savings and User ComfortOn Monday May 12 Jihyun Park, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, will give a public talk and workshop on the topic of post occupancy evaluation and indoor environmental quality (IEQ) monitoring. Her talk (at 12pm in room 16.03) is titled ‘Indoor Environmental Quality Assessment for Energy Savings and Increased Occupant Comfort’, and is open to all. At 2:30pm  in the 14th floor lounge area she will give a hands-on workshop introducing IEQ measurement using a simplified toolkit. Space is limited in the workshop, so anyone interested in attending should sign up using this web form.


Hudert_Image_featuredFollowing later the same week, on Wednesday May 14 at 5:30pm in room 16.03 Markus Hudert, a researcher in timber construction and material computation at University of Braunschweig, will give a public lecture on his recent research titled ‘Timberfabric – Assembling Form’.

Both talks are organized by the Digital Design and Performance research group at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

Jihyun Park is a Ph.D. Candidate and Researcher in the Center for Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Her research interests include Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE), indoor environmental quality (IEQ), Energy Efficiency and system integration and optimization for building operation and maintenance. Jihyun has worked on several POE and IEQ assessment projects worldwide, including the Bank of America headquarters building in New York, the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, the Électricité de France (EDF) campus in Paris, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI). Jihyun is an architecture designer with professional experience working on architectural and master plan design for more than 40 projects. She has lectured in several classes in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, and has also served as a lecturer in fundamental architecture drawing and design at Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea (2009).

Markus Hudert studied architecture at the University of Applied Sciences in Coburg, Germany and completed his postgraduate studies in conceptual architectural design at the Städelschule in Frankfurt in 2002. From 2003 to 2006 he worked for the renowned Dutch practices UNStudio and Benthem Crouwel Architects. From 2006 until 2013, Hudert was a postgraduate research and teaching assistant at the IBOIS Laboratory for Timber Constructions at EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland; he is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Braunschweig. He has been a visiting lecturer at UdK Berlin and the University of Innsbruck, has served as a guest critic at the Städelschule Architecture Class (SAC) in Frankfurt and the Münster School of Architecture (MAS), and his work has been exhibited at Lausanne Town Hall, swissnex China and the Swiss Pavilion at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai.


Presentations by Ten Chinese Visiting Scholars


Ten Chinese visiting scholars, hosted by the Sheffield School of Architecture, Department of Town and Regional Planning, and Department of Landscape, presented their research on 21st and 28th March 2014 in the Arts Tower. This is the first time that so many Chinese visiting scholars showed their research as well as their university/department. These academics come from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology Shenzhen Graduate School, Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, Chongqing University, Wuhan University and Tsinghua University. A wide range of topics are covered, from green infrastructure to flexible sports building design, which are related to many problems China is facing during the fast development process. Issues in research, teaching and practice are covered. After each presentation, interesting discussions were made between Sheffield staff/students and the visiting scholars.

Talk and seminar with Visiting Professor Christian Derix

On Monday March 31 Christian Derix, director of the Computational Design Research group [CDR] at Aedas architects, will be make his second visit to SSoA as visiting professor. This event is organized by the SSoA Digital Design + Performance research group.

During his visit Christian Derix will give a public lecture at 5:30pm Monday March 31 in room 16.03 titled ‘Meta-Spaces: implicit organizations of architectural environments’. He will also participate in a Digital Design + Performance group doctoral seminar 10am-12pm on Tuesday April 01 in room 16.02 with presentations by SSoA doctoral candidates Sukaina Almousa and Daniel Kerr.


Christian Derix is director of the Computational Design Research group [CDR] at Aedas architects, which he founded in 2004 in London, UK. CDR develops computational simulations for generative and analytical design processes with an emphasis on user-centric spatial configuration.

Derix studied architecture and computation in Italy and the UK and has researched and taught the subject at various European universities since 2001, including University College London (UCL), Milan Polytechnic, Technical University Vienna, guest professor at Technical University Munich and currently associate professor at IE University Madrid. He set up the Centre for Evolutionary Computing in Architecture (CECA) with Paul Coates at the University of East London in 2002.

The work of CDR has recently won award commendations for their Spatial Simulation framework at awards such as the 2010 Presidents Medal for Research in Practice of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the 2011 Italian Compasso d’Oro for algorithmic design and user participation in industrial design for the VITA Shelving System or the Centre for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) 2012 Innovation award for the computer-activated responsive façade of the Al Bahar towers.

SSoA’s new MSc in Digital Design

With great anticipation the Sheffield School of Architecture looks forward to welcoming the first cohort of postgraduate students arriving in September 2014 to undertake the MSc in Digital Design and Interactive Built Environments (DDIBE) programme. Granted a full academic approval by the University of Sheffield in July 2013, this brand new MSc will centre on the “Sheffield Approach” that learning and teaching of digital methods, techniques and skills are contextualised and grounded in an understanding of the wider urban, social and cultural agenda. Students will join a digital design studio and develop a series of designs through critical applications of digital methods, tools and datasets in response to the challenges of interactive built environments informed by other course modules.

MSc in DDIBE now has a website up running which contains detailed information about the programme structure and a link to the University’s online application system.

The programme director Dr Chengzhi Peng wrote “We see interactive built environments as innovative syntheses of digital and physical environments that mediate everyday interactions. Increasingly, designers are challenged to respond to workspaces mediating remote synchronous collaboration, smart homes assisting older residents, learning spaces afford learners with differentiated learning, hospitals promoting healing, intelligent laboratories for advancing fabrication research, green buildings and neighbourhoods adaptive to changing climate and low carbon economy, cultural heritage sites navigated through mobile locative apps, for instance.”

The Sheffield School of Architecture is uniquely positioned to deliver this new MSc programme with its existing in-house resources/expertise and cross-disciplinary connections with several cutting edge research centres at the University of Sheffield, and with centres of research and practice in the UK and abroad. The DDIBE staff team aim to achieve that at the end of this programme graduates will have the theoretical knowledge and design skills needed to develop digital blueprints for future innovative built environments based on multiple interactive scenarios that change over time.

For prospective international students, the University of Sheffield currently offers a wide range of Postgraduate Taught Scholarships.

For prospective Home/EU students, you could take your MSc DDIBE at Sheffield for FREE through the Faculty of Social Science Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme.

Environmental Analysis simplified – a workshop by [uto]

A workshop and lecture by Ursula Frick and Thomas Grabner that will take place next week, Monday January 27 and Tuesday January 28, organized by Dr. Tsung-Hsien Wang.

This workshop will introduce progressive means of performing environmental analysis, considering analysis not as a static evaluation but as a dynamic aspect of the design process. We will explore this through the use of GECO, which allows a live linkage between Rhino/Grasshopper and Autodesk® Ecotect® Analysis.

[uto] Ursula Frick and Thomas Grabner are architects and specialists in computational design with several years of practice and teaching experience . They graduated with a degree in Architecture, at the University of Innsbruck, Austria advised by Patrik Schumacher.

They have lectured and taught design studios worldwide at the AA | Architectural Association, PennDesign | University of Pennsylvania, SCI-arc | Southern California Institute of Architecture, TKU | Tamkang University Taipei, and AAG10 Vienna, among others.

The collective [uto] was founded in 2007. Their research focuses, along with the generation and analysis of complex geometries, on the development of formal strategies specific at the relationship of part-to-whole. They have been recognized for their development of digital tools, namely PhysX, Geco, Flowlines, MeshPaint and MeshEdit, which seek to improve workflow in a parametric environment.

Aldana Zabala wins joint first prize for MSc Dissertation

Congratulations to Aldana Zabala – her MSc.SAS dissertation ‘Energy balance in the adaptive reuse of historic urban industrial buildings’ has just won joint first prize in the  Royal Geographic Society-IBG’s Planning and Environment Research Group’s Postgraduate Dissertation Prize.The supervisor was Professor Fionn Stevenson

Designs on the Future NOW: Inaugural Lecture Series Videos

Three new female professors at the Sheffield School of Architecture (SSoA) gave inaugural lectures in November and December 2012, linked together by the common theme of ‘Designs on the Future Now’ and sharing the same aspiration of influencing the agenda of architectural education and practice. Each lecture picked up a facet of this challenge: mitigation/adaptation related to climate change, wealth discrepancies, and the urgent necessity for new forms of action.

Watch the full lectures here:

Prof Fionn Stevenson Bridging the Performance Gap in Sustainable Architecture

Prof Irena Bauman Architecture of Consequence

Prof Doina Petrescu Activist Architecture