AIA National Convention Exhibition

Be sure to see the Zero Energy Housing exhibit at the AIA National Convention in Atlanta, May 14-16.

We will be sharing work from the past year which demonstrates our ambitions related to housing and energy, and most importantly, the changing face of architectural education in relation to alternative energy capture, higher efficiencies, rapid evolution of upstream technologies and applications, and more robust software platforms.   The definition of sustainability is evolving, moving to transform integral parts of architectural practice and education from a purely tectonic trajectory to a more thermodynamic comprehension of the design project in total.

DWELL ON DESIGN: Designing for Future Generations: Zero Energy Housing

Michael spoke at the Dwell on Design 2014 | Architecture for Humanity show to a lively crowd, featuring the work of Georgia Tech and Gamble + Gamble.  13 Students from Georgia Tech were there, and had two days of inspirational walkabouts through Brooklyn and New York.


Students are gearing up for Midterms today, with lots of effort put into defining how Georgia Tech's Living Learning Community will work - from classrooms to housing.  We have a number of guests coming in today to expand the dialogue.

We all meet in New York on Thursday in search of inspiration with stops to see friends, fine buildings and public spaces, and most importantly to share ideas at Architecture for Humanities Design Like You Give A Damn Meeting, and Dwell Magazines Dwell on Design.

More to come . . . . . . 

Welcome Back! Introducing our Fall 2014 Studio

Following the success of last year, this proposed study will traverse both fall and spring semesters.  Fall semester students may elect to continue into the spring, though concurrency is not required. The series of seminars and studios will focus on the design and construction of medium-scaled ecologically sensitive mixed residential/academic developments.  Key to the course is the Incorporation of high-performance active and passive energy systems into very well-conceived and executed building and site design propositions. High Performance Building faculty and students will participate in the spring and serve as consultants to the studio throughout the year. The work from the previous year will serve as the foundation for advanced studies at all scales.  We will challenge some of the assumptions made thus far, invent new ones where needed, and refine each proposal by describing in detail various systems and environments.  

We will divide the semester into two parts:

Part 1 will run for 6 weeks and consist of case studies, programming, massing, siting for a new 35,000 sf net zero campus research center which will include housing, labs, offices, community/social space, and auditorium and connect to the larger ecological system on campus.  We will work in groups on 3 campus sites, and complete this effort before midterm.

 Part 2 will move from the scale of the building to façade and furniture studies.  We will interface with Industrial Design and make a trip to New York to learn by seeing and touching what makes great architecture, and visit some of the very best rooms and walls the city has to offer, from the scale of hotel rooms and apartments all the way up to rooms that function at the monumental scale.

ARCH 4011 Options Studio

@ Dwell on Design Los Angeles

Faculty and students are in Los Angeles exhibiting work from the studio.  

Dwell on Design LA, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, opens at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 20-22, 2014. With three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 90 onstage programs, 200 speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design LA is America’s largest design event.

Student and faculty work from Georgia Tech is included, featuring the winning project from the Resource Furniture Interior Design Competition by Madona Cumar.  Contributors from Georgia Tech, Resource Furniture and Architecture for Humanity will give a public lecture 06.21 at noon.  Many thanks to our supporters: Resource Furniture, The Alcoa Foundation, Architecture for Humanity and Southface Energy Institute.

More to come!

MODA Show Open Tonight!

Join us for the opening reception for our upcoming exhibition, Design for Social Impact, on the evening of Thursday, May 29, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.

The exhibition will feature projects, including the work of our studio, that address a variety of challenges in the areas of shelter, community, education, healthcare, energy and food & water. Each category will highlight solutions taking place locally, as well as ways in which these challenges are being addressed around the world.

Architecture Students:

Daniel Alhadeff, James Boyer, James Bramlett, Katie Braswell, Po-Kai Chen, Nicholas Coffee, Madona Cumar, Eli Damircheli, Namrata Dani, Jennifer Ingram, Tyrone Marshall, Sarah McConnell, Jeremy Nash, Miguel Otero Fuentes, Kaitlyn Pahel, Mihir Patel, Junying Shi, Bunny Tucker, James Van Horn & Samuel Wald.

High Performance Building Students:

Sandeep Ahuja, Gustavo Carneiro, Patrick Chopson, Patrick Dawson, Priya Dhamale, Yiyua Jia, Marionyt Marshall, Elizabeth Minne, Victor Renteria-Valdez, Wayne Shannon, Paul Szymkiewicz, Silvia Tijo & Yija Wang.


Godfried Augenbroe, Daniel Castro, Michael Gamble, Russell Gentry,

with Jeannie Kim & Stephen Taul

Final Review and Best D+R Project for the Year

The class conducted the final review of the year on Wednesday, April 25th, presenting to a host of guests, including representatives from Alcoa, Resource Furniture, Georgia Tech's Venture Lab, University of Seoul, and local design firms.   Students presented overall group work and then individual projects - from the urban scale to interior furnishing, building envelop and other points between.

Madona Cumar and Kaitlyn Pahel were recognized at the annual School of Architecture Awards Day for the best Design and Research of all projects in the final year of the professional program.  Madona and Kaitlyn led a team for the entire year, which included Bunny Tucker in the fall semester and Miguel Otero and Jennifer Ingram in the spring.

Students will now upload their proposals for national judging to determine the top project  via a competition made possible by Resource Furniture.   The project voted Best Interior will be displayed in full at the 2014 Dwell on Design Exhibition in Los Angeles in late June,  The winning student will receive airfare/lodging and will participate in the 3 day exhibit.  Judging will occur from May 5th - May 15th, and a crowd sourced People's Choice award will be announced at the show.

Next steps for the studio: cataloging all of the work from this semester in preparation for Museum of Design Atlanta's REVOLUTION BY DESIGN show opening in May and DWELL ON DESIGN in Los Angeles in late June.

Race to Zero Competition

Golden, Colorado – It was announced today that Georgia Tech’s School of Architecture team “gt.5” is the Design Solution Category Winner and Construction Documents Jury Award Winner in the 1st Annual DOE Race to Zero Competition. The awards recognize the team’s efforts in integrating optimizations into design and their advanced software usage.   

Twenty-eight university teams from U.S. and Canada competed to develop cost-effective zero energy ready homes for mainstream builders. On April 26 and 27 these teams presented their innovative designs aimed to transform housing in America. These innovations will be incorporated into the DOE and NREL effort to fight climate change.

The design of Prototype 5 by Team gt.5 was developed by a diverse team from the High Performance Building Lab under the guidance of Professor Godfried Augenbroe. With a clear mandate to show tightly integrated design, simulation, optimization and building science, the team produced a highly modern, performance based design. Prototype 5demonstrates Georgia Tech's leadership in guiding advanced design solutions through building science and computation.

Housing Layouts

The studio is making progress on the interior development of the housing types proposed last semester.  Take a look below!  We are all in NYC this week focused on materiality, surface and finish, visiting some of the best new interiors the world's greatest city has to offer.

Miguel Otero

Madona Cumar

Jennifer Ingram

Katie Braswell

Mihir Patel

Jim Bramlett

Po-Kai Chen

Kaitlyn Pahel

Daniel Alhadeff

Sarah McConnell

Jeremy Nash


The Studio @ The Brooklyn Bridge