Kjell M Anderson
Focuses on computational simulation tools and techniques to evaluate the performance of a design or design alternatives, starting at earliest conceptual design phases to help architects make informed design decisions. Topics include solar, lighting, thermal, and acoustical analysis techniques and their applications.
Design Simulation within Architecture firms is growing. Practitioners are realizing that in-house design simulation allows them freedom to test and validate design options. This course introduces design simulation and how it is used to create more climate-responsive, energy-efficient designs. Design aspects covered include: Climate Analysis, Solar Irradiation, Daylighting + Glare, Comfort, and Thermal Analysis. Software covered will include: Ecotect, Radiance, Daysim, COMFEN, Climate Consultant
Student learning goals
Overview of Simulation in the Design Process
Understanding of Basic Concepts required for Design Simulation
Experience in using Design Simulation Software to help make decisions
Completion of Individual Project
General method of instruction
Combination of theory and lab work.
Class assignments and grading
Most assignments will be screenshots of completed simulations, with a Final Project completed over the last couple weeks of class.
40% in-class assignments, emailed to instructor 60% Final Project