My professional life is densely filled with research, practice, teaching and service to the University and community. These activities can be most clearly framed through my role as principal research investigator and Director of the University of Washington, College of Built Environment’s Integrated Design Lab (IDL), teacher of five graduate courses in Architecture and the Past-chair of the College of Built Environments’ Governing Faculty Council.
The IDL is a self-supporting service of the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments to the building industry. The IDL’s mission is to provide regional design teams access to the best knowledge available with project-by-project support on how to design, construct and operate the healthiest, most productive and energy efficient buildings in North America. The Integrated Design Lab is a vital link in the life-long learning chain of state-of-the-art professional education resources offered by the College of Built Environments to our regional professional constituencies, alumni and traditional students.
The IDL is about increasing building value at no extra project cost. The goal of the IDL research and design support is to produce buildings that synthesize a project’s context of climate, it’s patterns of use, the resulting building loads & systems to produce a building that is healthier, more comfortable, productive and energy efficient than today’s common best design practice. The University of Washington’s IDL is here to assist design teams in meeting those goals. Functionally, the IDL’s goals are to assist in decisions utilizing state-of-the art simulation and verification techniques.
In my role as principal research investigator and Director of the activities of the Integrated Design Lab we continued to expand our funded activities for public agencies such as the United States Department of Energy (US.DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US.EPA) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; and private non-profit agencies such as the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) and the New Buildings Institute (NBI); and for design firms such as the Miller Hull Partnership, ZGF Architects, Lake Flato Architects and most recently Herzog and De Meuron Architects. In the last year we have written proposals for funding to these companies and agencies totaling more than $7,000,000. We have more than $1.8 million dollars in funded research and consulting activities in progress for 2011. Included in this total of funded activities.
US. Dept of Energy for $1.44 million to deliver research and design tools to improve the performance of large hospitals across the United States.,/p>
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance for $2.15 million to deliver high-performance healthcare research and design tools and for the development of road maps for the deep-renovation of high-rise commercial office buildings for more than 60 percent improvements in energy efficiency.
I presented various aspects of the health design work in three National conferences and at numerous regional meetings in the last year. As an outgrowth of this work, we acquired funding for, and guided a ten-day Scandinavian health design tour of the highest performing hospitals in the world for architects, engineers, hospital owners and public officials. These Scandinavian precedents garnered from the tour experiences have been published in international, national and regional journals. This work in high performance health design is leading national design and engineering professionals.
Projects that the IDL had a substantial role in daylighting won national and regional awards including: one of ten national AIA 2010 and one of ten 2011 AIA COTE Top-Ten Green building awards, four Seattle Chapter AIA awards and three AIA Northwest and Pacific Regional Awards.
In my teaching role within the Department of Architecture I teach five graduate courses; two comprehensive design studios and three seminars within my core areas of interest, lighting, daylighting, energy efficiency and health design.