DIVA DAY 2017

DIVA-Day is an annual symposium on the use of environmental analysis tools in design practice, research and architectural education.


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. Previous events were at the University of Toronto (2016), Architecture Association (2015), University of Washington (2014), Thornton Tomasetti (2013) and MIT (2012).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.





Registration

Seats are limited. Reserve yours now!
The registration fee includes the DIVA Day conference regsitration and a dinner ticket.




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.net
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.


Speakers

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.

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.

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.

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.


Past Events

DIVA DAY 2016

DIVA DAY 2015

DIVA DAY 2013

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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.

  • Circadian Daylight in Practice: Determining a Simulation Method for the Design Process

    2016
    Jessica Zofchak and Henry Richardson - Atelier Ten

  • Developing Building Performance Tools: From Views to Zoning

    2016
    Luc Wilson - KPF

  • New Future Practices

    2016
    Ryan Welch - KieranTimberlake

  • New DIVA-Grasshopper Features

    2016
    Jon Sargent and Timur Dogan - Solemma

  • Driving Form: Daylight as Sculptor

    2016
    Sean Quinn - HOK

  • Achieving Daylight Quality in Large Scale Projects: Challenges and Opportunities

    2016
    Amaia Puras-Ustarroz - HLB

  • Defining the Zone of Biological Darkness: A Novel Area-Based Circadian Daylight Metric

    2016
    Kyle Konis - USC

  • DIVA Analysis as a Design Tool – Project Examples / Case Studies

    2016
    Neil Katz - SOM

  • Speeding Up Daylighting Design and Glare Prediction Workflows with Accelerad

    2016
    Nathaniel Jones - MIT

  • Daylighting Effect of Separating Direct and Diffuse Insolation with a Facade-Integrated, Transparent Solar Collector

    2016 (Student Competition Winner)
    Mohamed Aly and Kenton Phillips - RPI Center for Architecture Science and Ecology

  • New Features in DIVA 4.0

    2015
    Christoph Reinhart, J. Alstan Jakubiec, Jon Sargent, Timur Dogan - Solemma

  • 25 Years of Atelier Ten: (In)visible Architecture

    2015
    Reinier Zeldenrust - Atelier Ten

  • Material Characterization

    2015
    Christoph Reinhart and Madeline Gradillas - MIT; J. Alstan Jakubiec - Singapore University of Technology and Design; Timur Dogan - Cornell

  • Rest Luminaire Design

    2015 (Student Competition Winner)
    Teri Lim and Geraldine Quek - Singapore University of Technology and Design

  • Using DIVA for Planning Applications

    2015
    Arthur Mamou-mani - Simply Rhino; Tom Bentley - Anstey Horne

  • Optimizing a Facade for an Arid Climate

    2015
    Anne Iversen - Henning Larsen

  • Using Comprehensive DIVA Analysis as the Catalyst for the Design of a Small Architecture Office in Boston

    2015
    Madeline Gradillas - MIT

  • Daylighting Design and Research Activities Supported by Radiance Simulations

    2015
    David Geisler-Moroder - Bartenbach Lichtlabor

  • Development of the Shading Strategy for the KAFD Metro Station

    2015
    Carmelo Galante and Tommaso Pieraccini - NEWTECNIC

  • KlimaEngineering 2.0 - From Informed Design Towards Language!

    2015
    Christian Frenzel - Transsolar

  • Design of an Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Turkey

    2015
    Timur Dogan - Cornell

  • Three Easy Pieces

    2015
    Francesco Anselmo - Arup

  • Enhancing DIVA as a Tool to Study Lighting Control

    2014
    Tuan Tran - University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Interacting with Data

    2014
    Erick Katzenstein - MODELAB

  • New Features in DIVA for Rhino

    2014
    J. Alstan Jakubiec - Solemma

  • LEEDv4 Panel Introduction: LM83 Daylighting Metrics

    2014
    J. Alstan Jakubiec - Solemma

  • Predicting Dynamic Daylighting Performance from a Limited Number of HDR Photographs

    2014
    Mehlika Inanici - University of Washington

  • How First-time Modelers Graphically Communicate DIVA Results

    2014
    Seth Holmes - University of Hartford

  • DIV-A10: Evolving, Communicating and Validating Daylight Results for Over Two Decades

    2014
    Emily Hagan, Henry Richardson, Michael Esposito - Atelier Ten

  • Interrelation of Geometry, Daylighting and Structure in Perforated Screen Walls

    2014 (Student Competition Winner)
    Niloufar Emami - University of Michigan

  • Parametric Modeling + Simulation: What Can Be Ignored When

    2014
    Scott Crawford and Apoorv Goyal - LMN

  • Design Validation for Views, Daylight & Comfort

    2014
    Marty Brennan and Ed Clark - ZGF

  • A New Look At Resiliency: Modeling Temperature Drift with Viper

    2013
    Jessica Zofchak and Michael Esposito - Atelier Ten

  • Save Shaheen! An Academic Daylight Retrofit Project

    2013
    Holly Samuelson - Harvard GSD

  • The Lorax Project

    2013
    Christoph Reinhart - MIT

  • Iteration and Legibility with DIVA

    2013
    Erick Katzenstein - LMN

  • Glare Studies: Gund Hall and DOT

    2013
    J. Alstan Jakubiec - MIT

  • New Features in DIVA for Rhino

    2013
    J. Alstan Jakubiec - Solemma

  • Applying Tools for Cross-Practice Collaboration

    2013
    Vamshi Gooje - Thornton Tomasetti

  • Closing the Loop: Design/Analysis > Validation > Fabrication

    2013
    Zach Downey - CUNY

  • Building Simulation (not) in the Studio

    2013
    Max Dölling - T.U. Berlin

  • Daylight Simulation: Purpose and Path

    2013
    Shrikar Bhave - Transsolar

  • Re-Envisioning the Daylight Analysis Workflow

    2012
    John An - YR&G; Jessica Zofchak - Atelier Ten

  • Retrofitting Libraries for Daylit Work Environments and Transition Spaces

    2012
    Carlos Cerezo, Natalia Escobar and Amaia Puras - Harvard GSD

  • Hybrid Daylight Models in Architectural Design Education

    2012
    Max Dölling - T.U. Berlin

  • Modeling Dynamic Shading Devices with the DIVA Advanced Shading Module

    2012
    J. Alstan Jakubiec and Jeff Niemasz - Solemma

  • Design and Analysis of a Three-Dimensional Shading Screen in Singapore

    2012
    J. Alstan Jakubiec, Azadeh Omidfar, and Thomas Schröpfer - Harvard GSD

  • DIVA in Practice - Cholera Treatment Center, Port-au-Prince, Haiti

    2012
    Kera Lagios - Lam Partners

  • DIVA and Design

    2012
    Jeff Niemasz and Jon Sargent - Solemma

  • The New Electric Lighting Module

    2012
    Christoph Reinhart - Solemma

  • The Science Behind DIVA

    2012
    Christoph Reinhart - Solemma

  • Daysim to EnergyPlus

    2012
    Jon Sargent - Solemma

  • Under One Roof - Examples from Research and Practice

    2012
    Jonatan Schumacher and Ben Silverman - Thornton Tomasetti


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Welcome to Solemma, LLC . We are a group of designers, building scientists, lighting consultants, and architectural educators committed to providing intuitive, cutting-edge environmental analysis tools. By linking validated performance simulation engines to popular digital design platforms, our software gives students and practitioners access to meaningful, actionable data from the beginning of a project. We believe this early integration empowers creative, consequential, and lasting design interventions. Our specific focus areas are daylighting, glare, occupant comfort and operational energy use.

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