ARCH 563 - Building Science Seminar

Portland State University
Course description

This course includes a series of lectures on the application of contemporary building science research methods in design practice as well as fieldworks in architecture firms for carrying our a research project. Students in this course will learn and study about key topics such as, evidence-based research methods, climate change, building materials, daylighting, life cycle assessment, waste management, acoustics, seismic resilience, post-occupancy evaluation, and computational design principles.

The lectures given in this class is accompanied by students’ residency in architecture firms where they conduct building science research of relevance to a project currently under design in an architecture firm and learn to present results in both written and graphic formats in a professional/ academic conference or seminar. Throughout these projects students learn not only topics in building science, but also the means by which they will explore the critical thinking, written and oral presentation, and group work.

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By Kevin Clement, Justin Tuttle, Maximillian Hey