DIVA DAY 2016

DIVA Day 2016 September 30, 2016 University of Toronto Canada

DIVA-Day is an annual symposium to discuss the use of environmental analysis tools in design practice, research and architectural education. The full-day event includes a series of presentations and discussions, focused on how DIVA and associated simulation tools can be used in design and performance-evaluation workflows. Previous events were in 2015 at the Architecture Association in London, 2014 in Seattle, 2013 at Thornton Tomasetti's offices in New York and 2012 at MIT. DIVA Day 2016 will be our first Canadian event, in Toronto, Canada. We will be hosted by the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto. The event will take place on Friday, September 30, with a full day of DIVA training on September 29. As in previous years, we are holding a student competition with the winning team having the opportunity to present at DIVA Day.


Keynote speakers

Timur Dogan

Timur Dogan is an architect, building scientist and educator. His work investigates the intersections of architectural design, sustainability, building performance simulation and computational design. At Cornell AAP he is an Assistant Professor in the area of Building Technology and Environmental Systems as well as the head of the Sustainable Design Lab. Timur's research expertise is in daylight and energy modeling, passive climate control strategies and performance driven design workflows in both urban and architectural scales. His work empowers non-specialized architects and urban designers to optimize their design proposals regarding their energy demand and supply, comfort and livability.

Nathaniel Jones is the developer of Accelerad, a suite of GPU-based lighting and daylighting simulation tools. He is a doctoral student in building technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition to parallel radiance simulation using graphics processors, his other research interests include: Automated translation protocols for producing simulation-ready building energy performance models from architectural CAD models, optimization algorithms for selecting building massing and materials according to performance-based metrics, and development of architectural design software tools to aid in energy-conscious design. Previously, Nathaniel was a research associate at Cornell University, where he earned his Master of Architecture degree in 2009. His work there in the Program of Computer Graphics was aimed to provide architects with feedback on the energy efficiency of buildings during conceptual and schematic design and resulted in a speedup in the calculation of direct incident radiation on buildings by 10,000 times.

Kyle Konis
  • University of Southern California

Dr. Kyle Konis, AIA is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at USC. His courses focus on techniques and measurable methods for integrating sustainable design principles into architectural practice and urban design. Kyle’s research interests are centered on improving the feedback loop between design and the performance outcomes of buildings in use, with an emphasis on the experience of building occupants.

Neil Katz
  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Neil Katz is an architect with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. He uses a "computational design" approach to design, and has used this methodology in exploring models and for analyzing and designing in response to many project goals, including environmental and sustainability goals. "Computational design", which includes algorithmic and parametric design as well as building information modeling (BIM), is as much a way of thinking about design as using and developing tools for design. Neil has taught at various schools, and is often invited to speak about his work at schools and conferences.

George Loisos
  • Loisos + Ubbelohde

George Loisos, AIA, is a founding partner of Loisos + Ubbelohde, an architecture and consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and high performance buildings. George brings extensive design and research experience to the firm, including work on lighting controls and design, software for energy modeling, daylighting metrics and whole building energy performance. His projects have received 29 AIA awards, three AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, and three LEED platinum certifications. George previously lead research programs in building energy use at the University of California, San Diego, and the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and served as the architectural program coordinator for PG&E, directing groundbreaking projects in daylighting design and productivity. As project manager and research lead for the California Energy Commission, he coordinated research and product development on energy efficient lighting and lighting controls. His work has recently been featured in Design Informed: Driving Innovation with Evidence-Based Design and “Transparency: Literal and Sustainable” in Architectural Record.

Krista Palen
  • Transsolar

Krista brings to the Transsolar New York team a passion for design at the intersection of architecture, engineering, computation, and ecology. Her expertise in passive design includes daylight modelling, thermal simulation and natural ventilation design. Krista’s varied education in environmental engineering, architecture and interdisciplinary design provides a unique skill set to manifest Transsolar’s mission of creating elegant high comfort low energy buildings. Before joining Transsolar Krista worked as a teaching assistant at the Harvard GSD, as researcher with MIT’s Sustainable Design Lab and a designer for at the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Design. Prior to this Krista was a green building consultant in Toronto with Halsall Associates where she started the firm’s passive design group.

Amaia Puras
  • Horton Lees Brogden

Dr. Kyle Konis, AIA is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at USC. His courses focus on techniques and measurable methods for integrating sustainable design principles into architectural practice and urban design. Kyle’s research interests are centered on improving the feedback loop between design and the performance outcomes of buildings in use, with an emphasis on the experience of building occupants.

Sean Quinn
  • HOK

Sean Quinn leads the Sustainable Design practice of HOK’s Pacific Region, based in San Francisco. He directs the studios’ integrated design approach to guide the application of sustainable strategies, including energy and environmental performance, resilience planning, and green building certification. With 12 years of architectural experience focused on sustainable design, Sean has led and assisted the design of numerous academic, athletic, commercial, cultural, government, medical, mixed-use, residential, science & technology, and urban design projects throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Asia. Sean complements his design practice with academic research in innovative building systems and fabrication, parametric design, and biomimicry.

Jon Sargent
  • Solemma

Sean Quinn leads the Sustainable Design practice of HOK’s Pacific Region, based in San Francisco. He directs the studios’ integrated design approach to guide the application of sustainable strategies, including energy and environmental performance, resilience planning, and green building certification. With 12 years of architectural experience focused on sustainable design, Sean has led and assisted the design of numerous academic, athletic, commercial, cultural, government, medical, mixed-use, residential, science & technology, and urban design projects throughout North America, Europe, Africa, Middle-East and Asia. Sean complements his design practice with academic research in innovative building systems and fabrication, parametric design, and biomimicry.

Susan Ubbelohde
  • Loisos + Ubbelohde

Susan Ubbelohde is a founding partner of Loisos + Ubbelohde, an architecture and consulting firm specializing in sustainable design and high performance buildings. Her projects have won 29 AIA awards, three AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects, and three LEED platinum certifications. She is also a Professor in the Department of Architecture at University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches sustainable design studios and seminars in high performance facades and design theory. Susan has directed research for the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the University of California Energy Institute, and the California Institute for Energy Efficiency on daylighting design, daylighting software, climate responsive design and monitored building performance. Recent publications of her work are featured in Design Informed: Driving Innovation with Evidence-Based Design and “Transparency: Literal and Sustainable” in Architectural Record.

Ryan Welch
  • KieranTimberlake

Ryan Welch is an associate at KieranTimberlake, a Philadelphia-based architecture firm recognized as a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. As a member of the firm’s transdisciplinary research group, he focuses on building performance modeling and simulation primarily through the development of digital tools that provide early and rapid quantitative and visual feedback. His projects include Pointelist™, a low-cost building sensor suite, and Tally®, a custom LCA application for Revit® that allows architects to calculate the environmental impacts of their building material choices. Currently a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Ryan has also taught workshops in thermodynamics with colleague Billie Faircloth at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the University of Minnesota, and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.

Luc Wilson
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox

Luc Wilson is an associate principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox and the director of KPF Urban Interface, an initiative focused on urban analytics and technology development. He has applied a data-driven design methodology on over 200 projects globally ranging from master plans to rezonings to supertall towers. A critical aspect of this work is research collaborations with Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, and the New York City Department of City Planning. He currently teaches within the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and the Center for Data Science at NYU.

Jessica Zofchak
  • Atelier Ten

Jessica Sundberg Zofchak, an Associate at Atelier Ten, works on a number of highly ambitious local and international projects. As leader of the Daylight practice, she has developed Atelier Ten’s in-house daylight and façade optimization tool set which informs daylighting, visual comfort, thermal comfort, and energy performance of building façades for projects. Jessica manages a number of high-performance projects, including new construction commercial office, “lab of the future,” and institutional projects, as well as campus-level environmental frameworks. She holds a B.S. in Building Technology, a B.S. in Marketing Science and M.Eng. in High Performance Structures from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and has served as the lecturer for Daylighting at the University of Pennsylvania’s PennDesign program since 2012.


Workshops

All workshops are at the University of Toronto, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, 230 College St, Toronto, Canada.


Introduction to Daylighting and Daylight Simulations
  • Level: No skills required
  • Lead: Christoph Reinhart (Solemma, MIT)
  • Date: September 29 2016
  • Time: 9.00AM to 10.30AM
  • Where: Room 103 (Lecture theatre)

This course is specifically geared towards helping designers and sustainability consultants to learn the basic theory underlying daylighting and daylight simulations and how to integrate such simulations within their practice. This class provides the basics for the daylight concepts and metrics that will be further explored in the different DIVA classes later in the day. Specific topics that will be covered during the morning session are: Daylight availability, visual comfort, energy: A framework for evaluation the Daylighting Performance of a Design Proposal 100 years of daylight simulations: A review of past and current simulation techniques Daylighting rules of thumb.


DIVA 101 - Daylight Simulation in DIVA-Rhino
  • Level: Beginner
  • Lead: Alstan Jakubiec (Solemma, Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Date: September 29 2016
  • Time: 10.45AM to 5.00PM
  • Where: Room 106
  • Format: Lectures and simulation exercises
  • Knowledge required: Basic familiarity with the Rhinoceros 3D software

This course is specifically geared towards helping designers, sustainability consultants and students to learn how to integrate daylight simulations within their work. This is a hands-on class in which participants will learn how to conduct a series of simulation exercises on their Windows laptops using the DIVA-for-Rhino plug-in interface to Radiance and Daysim. The exercises and concepts explored include: Point in time visualizations and glare analysis in Radiance Daylight Factor and point-in-time illuminance distributions for LEED 2009 compliance Irradiation mapping and analysis Climate-based annual daylight calculations with dynamic shading and electric lighting controls Spatial Daylight Autonomy (sDA) and Annual Solar Exposure (ASE) calculations for LEED v4 compliance


DIVA 201 Advanced Parametric Simulations in DIVA-Grasshopper
  • Level: Beginner
  • Lead: Timur Dogan (Solemma, Cornell), Jeff Niemasz (Solemma, VJAA), and Jon Sargent (Solemma)
  • Date: September 29 2016
  • Time: 10.45AM to 5.00PM
  • Where: Room 500 B
  • Format: Lectures and simulation exercises
  • Knowledge required: Basic daylight and energy simulation skills; basic Grasshopper knowledge

This course covers advanced concepts in parametric daylighting and energy analysis using the Grasshopper visual scripting language. The new DIVA 4.0 daylighting components and Archsim in Grasshopper will be used in order to: Construct and manipulate multi-zone energy models Control shading and lighting schedules using Radiance-based methods Parametrize model geometry, materials, and building controls Couple performance analysis using Radiance-based lighting controls and multi-zone energy models Launch parametric analyses and visualize results The class involves demos and live exercises on participants' laptops, so come equipped with an installation of Rhinoceros 3D and Grasshopper, and be ready to (visually) script!


DIVA 202 Introduction to HDR Photography
  • Level: Beginner
  • Lead: Alstan Jakubiec (Solemma, Singapore University of Technology and Design)
  • Date: October 1 2016
  • Time: 9.00 AM to 1PM
  • Where: TBD
  • Format: Lecture and hands-on exercises
  • Knowledge required: Basic daylight and energy simulation skills; basic Grasshopper knowledge

In this course, participants will calibrate their own cameras to capture high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, a contemporary method of measuring luminance levels with standard photographic equipment. The resulting HDR images are useful for recording lighting qualities and levels in real spaces and performing visual comfort analysis. The course will cover methods of capturing HDR images, validation and accuracy, visualization, and glare analysis through hands-on examples. After an introductory lesson, participants will have the opportunity to record lighting values around the course venue in Toronto. Note: Participants need to bring their own camera with a manual function for this workshop. A tripod is recommended, although the instructors will provide a number of tripods for the course. A Windows-based installation and permanent license of the Photosphere HDR software is included in the course fee.