DIVA Day 2017 October 27, Berkeley, California

DIVA Day is a full-day event and will include a series of presentations and discussions, focused on how DIVA and associated simulation tools can be used in design and performance-evaluation workflows. This year, we will be hosted by the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California Berkeley. The event will take place on Friday, October 27. As in previous years, we will be holding a student competition. This year we will be concentrating on the science, modeling and design application of circadian/healthy lighting and introduce Solemma’s new related product, ALFA. Confirmed speakers include Steven Lockley from Harvard Medical School, Susan Ubbelohde from UC Berkeley and Mehlika Inanici from the University of Washington as well as Dan Weissman from Lam Partners and, Nathaniel Jones from Arup and our own Jon Sargent. A draft agenda is provided below. Stay tuned for more information. We are looking forward to seeing you at DIVA Day.

Student Competition

Win a $1500 stipend to cover travel costs to DIVA Day

STUDENTS: We want to see how you are using DIVA! The winner will receive a $1500 stipend to cover travel costs to DIVA Day, free registration, and will have their submission displayed during DIVA Day.
ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate and graduate students.
DUE DATE: October 6, 2017. Submit via email to: info@solemma.com
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Completed Application Form. Up to 6 slides in PDF format, including images and captions as shown below. Descriptions should include project objective, location, how DIVA was used, and any other relevant information.
AWARD: 1 winner - $1500 stipend for travel to DIVA Day. Free registration to DIVA Day 2017. In the case of group projects, all applicants will receive free registration to DIVA Day, and the stipend will be divided equally among all team members.


Marty Brennan

Marty Brennan is a project architect and daylighting specialist at ZGF Architects. An early adopter of DIVA for Rhino, Marty presented a tree canopy analysis at the first DIVA Day in 2012 and an atrium glare analysis in 2014. Marty is the co-author of Spectral Daylighting Simulations: Computing Circadian Light, and the grasshopper plug-in LARK, an open source tool to visualize and analyze circadian light. Marty is published online in Metropolis and Healthcare Design magazine on the subject of biophilia and currently applying these methodologies to a workplace project targeting the WELL standard.

Brianna Coston

Brianna is a Lighting and Daylighting Specialist devoted to human driven design with a focus on how occupants interact with their space. Brianna understands that lighting design has an impact on every user within a space and that good lighting can have a positive effect on the productivity, physical health and mental health of the occupants. While at Integral Group, she has worked on a variety of office, multi-family residential, and education projects in the Bay Area. Prior to joining Integral Group, Brianna worked at Westlake Reed Leskosky [now DLR Group] where she assisted in the design of the St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church at Ground Zero in New York City. Brianna is a LEED AP, Junior Assoc. IALD member, and holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Architecture from MIT.

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.

Madeline Gradillas

Madeline Gradillas is an Environmental Designer and Registered Architect with particular expertise in daylight, energy, and thermal comfort analysis. She works closely with her clients guiding them through analysis and green building requirements. She is currently working on the Biomed Realty Trust Gateway of the Pacific development in South San Francisco and the new Uber Headquarters in San Francisco, targeting LEED Platinum certification. Madeline has a Master of Science in Architectural Studies in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona.

Mehlika Inanici

Mehlika Inanici is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her primary research areas are computational lighting design and building performance simulation. A large body of her research centers on developing and utilizing computational photography, lighting simulation, and analysis techniques that can facilitate occupant satisfaction, health, and productivity improvements, in conjunction with significant energy savings. The underlying motivation in her research and teaching is that analytical approaches employed throughout the design processes help architects to envision the performance of their designs, accelerate and improve the design decisions, and reduce the uncertainty of the outcome.

Dr. Nathaniel Jones

Dr. Nathaniel Jones is a building scientist, educator, and software developer. He earned his PhD from MIT in 2017, where he created Accelerad, a suite of open-source GPU-based lighting and daylighting simulation tools now used by architects, engineers, and researchers around the world. His background spans architectural design, engineering, and computer science, with an emphasis tools that aid informed decision making in early design. Nathaniel is active in the building science community and serves as chair of the International Building Performance Simulation Association-USA chapterís subcommittee on emerging simulation technologies. He is currently an Advanced Technology & Research analyst at Arup and teaches building science at the University of San Francisco.

Kera Lagios

Kera is an Associate Principal and co-leader of the Integral Light Studio at Integral Group in Oakland, CA. She is also one of the founding developers of DIVA-for-Rhino. Her portfolio includes both daylighting and electric lighting design for projects including university buildings, labs, offices, libraries, facades and transit stations. She has spoken at a variety of conferences and universities and has received IES and Architectural Lighting awards for both lighting and daylighting work. Prior to joining Integral Group, Kera worked at Lam Partners, Inc., an award-winning lighting design firm in Cambridge, MA. Kera is a LEED AP, Assoc. IALD member and she holds a B.A. in the History of Art from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Steven Lockley, Ph.D

Steven Lockley, Ph.D, is a Neuroscientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. He is also a Professor of Psychological Sciences at Monash University and Program Leader with the Alertness CRC, Australia (www.alertnesscrc.com). He is an expert in the role of light in human physiology, and has worked with others to facilitate the translation of the biological benefits of light to architectural applications, including the development of ALFA on behalf of the CRC. He has published more than 150 original reports and reviews on light, sleep and circadian rhythms, including ëSleep: A Very Short Introduction.

George Loisos

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.

Mike Martinez

Mike is an Associate Principal at Integral Group where he brings a rich background as an architectural designer, high performance building consultant, and educator. His expertise is in daylighting design and analysis, specializing in the simulation of light to accurately predict its quantitative and qualitative effects in the built environment. At Integral Group, his efforts provide critical context in moving projects away from normative approaches toward innovative solutions, which transfer the costs of expensive mechanical systems into smart, efficient building skins. Mike’s constant goal is to inform the design process with clear and actionable data to maximize human comfort in buildings, to minimize the energy consumed by buildings, and to generate beautiful, sustainable, and long lasting architecture. Mike holds a Master of Architecture, from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Environmental Design, Texas A&M University.

Amir Nezamdoost is a doctoral student in Architecture at the University of Oregon, advisory member of “Daylighting” and “Daylight Metrics” Committees in the Illuminating Engineering Society, and student member of the International Association of Lighting Designers. Amir obtained his Master of Science in Integrated Architecture and Design from University of Idaho in 2015. He has spent over three years consulting on energy efficiency and daylighting design analysis with the Integrated Design Lab in Boise (UI-IDL). Amir joined Energy Studies in Buildings Lab (ESBL) as a graduate research fellow in 2016. His work at the lab was included developing building performance simulation, daylighting design, occupants’ visual satisfaction, energy efficiency, and passive design.

Tommaso Pieraccini

Tommaso is a façade Engineer at BuroHappold Engineering. Within the London facade team, he works to deliver energy efficient envelopes complying with client requirements, architects intellectual and spatial concepts, stringent energy requirements and contractors methods of construction. Tommaso has worked on a wide mix of new and existing projects ranging from a mixture of residential, high rise, commercial developments to cultural, civic and public use projects in the UK, Middle East, and North Africa, focusing on facade optimization and accounting for daylight, visual and thermal comfort, energy efficiency and acoustic performance of the proposed solutions. Tommaso has a keen interest in complex geometry engineering including facade materials, 3D detail modeling, building physics and structural analysis using digital parametric tools.

Henry Richardson

Henry Richardson is a Senior Environmental Designer at Atelier Ten with a strong background in daylight analysis, LEED administration and environmental design. With experience on projects that range from complex masterplans to corporate headquarters, he is managing several projects part of the 2020 Project (the largest public-private partnership for the University of Merced), and contributed to the Sustainability Plan for the San Francisco Giantsí resilient Mission Rock Development. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and is a LEED accredited professional.

Jon Sargent

Jon Sargent, VP of Product at Solemma, is an architectural designer and software developer based in San Francisco. As an author of Solemma's DIVA-For-Rhino and ALFA plugins, Jon creates tools that help architects evaluate the daylighting performance and circadian impact of their projects. His areas of focus include computational design, daylight simulations, and data visualization. Prior to working full time on software and research, Jon worked as a designer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York and San Francisco, where he applied data-driven methodologies to a number of award-winning international and supertall projects. Jon holds an M.Arch with distinction from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Christine Tiffin

Christine is an architect specializing in sustainable design and a member of the High Performance Design studio at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in San Francisco. She helps project teams make more informed design decisions though the use of data and computational tools and has contributed to a variety of commercial, mixed-use, residential, and urban design projects at a wide range of scales. Her research interests include embodied energy and carbon, whole-building life cycle assessment, healthy materials, daylighting, and the externalities associated with building material resource extraction, processing, and manufacture. Prior to joining SOM, Christine was a researcher at Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Susan 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.

Dan Weissman

Dan Weissman designs luminous environments as an Associate and Director of Lam Labs at the Cambridge-based firm Lam Partners. A registered architect and award winning lighting designer, Dan leads the firmís endeavors in digital technologies, daylighting, and academic engagement. Dan has written extensively on the use of digital tools in environmental design, including co-authoring ëThe Daylit Areaí papers with Christoph Reinhart and Terek Rakha. While currently on teaching-hiatus due to parenting duties, Dan is a Faculty Member at Boston Architectural College, having developed many cultural, technical, and lighting courses at the school; in 2015 he taught Daylighting Design at Harvard GSD, and regularly guest lectures around New England. Dan previously worked as master grasshopperer and daylighting guru at Safdie Architects, was a Co-founder of Sectioncut.com, and is an accomplished woodworker, woodcut printer, mandolinist, and sourdough baker.