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2013 Upjohn Research Initiative Program – Grant Recipients

Daylighting Design Performance Criteria for Alzheimer Care Facilities, Towards Evidence-based Best Practices for Improved Health

Principal Investigator:
Kyle Konis, PhD, AIA (University of Southern California)

The objective of this research is to establish empirical daylighting design requirements and performance criteria for assisted living facilities serving people with Alzheimer disease. The applicability of performance criteria on design decision-making will be demonstrated through the development of a parametric design decision support tool used to generate multiple best practice design case studies responsive to unique site, program, and climate constraints.

Learning Environments Design and Diversity

Principal Investigator:
James Determan, FAIA (Morgan State University)

The primary intent of this research is to provide learning space designers and educators with evidence of the link between classroom design and enhanced learning outcomes using subjects that accurately reflect the future student population. The proposed study aims to test and understand the specific built features that may be essential for creating an enriched learning environment. The results will inform the architectural design of classrooms to better accommodate the future student populace.

Responsive Pneumatics: Prototypes for Biologically Inspired Air-Based Envelope Systems

Principal Investigator:
Kathy Velikov (University of Michigan)

This proposal seeks to advance physical prototype-based research examining new performative, formal and aesthetic potentials of cellular pneumatic foil-based envelope systems towards low energy light-transmitting building façade applications. This project aims to advance the architectural possibilities for ultra-lightweight material systems capable of dynamic and variable performance primarily through the use of pressurized air captured within nested and operably responsive cells for building envelope applications.

Sustainable Transparency: Kinetic Building Façades

Principal Investigator:
Kyoung-Hee Kim, PhD (University of North Carolina)

The primary goals of this research are to establish performance-based design guidelines for kinetic façades using the life cycle assessment technique; carry out a performance assessment in the area of energy demands and energy production potential of kinetic façades; develop noble palettes of system components and sustainable materials; and, fabricate a 1:1 prototype of a kinetic façade system implemented from established performance-based design guidelines. Results are expected to impact the building industry by validating efficient constructability and sustainable operation of kinetic façades.

Tenant Engagement in High Performance Buildings and Communities

Principal Investigator:
Julie Kriegh, AIA, LEED AP, CSBA (Kriegh Architecture Studios)

This research proposes to identify, collect, and assess data on the salient aspects of motivation and occupant behavior in select communities in the US, Europe, and Canada. To benefit professionals, academics, and communities, the research team proposes to create a tenant engagement index and test the outcomes through an EcoDistrict pilot project.


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