SURE: Architecture

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ARCH-001: Architectures of Missionaries, Charities and Voluntary Organizations
Professor: Ipek Tureli
E-mail: ipek.tureli [at] mcgill.ca
Telephone: (514) 398-6711
Website

Research Area: Architectural history, history of school and campus design, history of missionaries, charities and voluntary organizations in the realm of architecture, humanitarian architecture, spatial justice


Description
A number of schools will be 3D modelled and presented on a web interface; data will be collected and analyzed pertaining to case studies.

Tasks:
1)update and redesign of website 2) 2D and 3D drawing and modelling and presentation Both students will engage in data collection and analysis.

Deliverables:
Finished web interface, and PDF and printed booklet of research findings; organized presentation of data in a folder and on a disk for the future use the PI.

Number of positions: 2
Academic Level: Year 3

ARCH-002: Trajectories: The Networks of Architectural Education
Professor:  David Theodore
E-mail:  david.theodore [at] mcgill.ca
Telephone: 514-398-2862
Website

Research Area:  Digital visualization of architectural education


Description:  This is the third year of a project co-sponsored by Prof. David Theodore and Prof. Ipek Türeli (http://trajectories.research.mcgill.ca). We are developing a research centre that integrates digital history and institutional networks. "Trajectories" focuses on the School of Architecture as an institution. The School provides professional training in architecture at the undergraduate level, but we do not know how our graduates use their education: How did their education at McGill shape their lives? If we have this information, we can evaluate the effectiveness of our program and develop hypotheses about the wider professional realm. This summer, SURE students will collect data from survey-interviews with former students who graduated between 1985-2010, and then map and visualize the career paths our alumni have taken. Last year's researchers won a TISED prize for their work.

Tasks:  Working as a team, the SURE students will continue the process started in 2015 of tracing and contacting former students. The main task is to map the trajectories of graduates since they left McGill. The SURE team will learn how to map the graduates’ origins and predicted locations using visualization software. The students will also learn about research ethics approvals and interview techniques. It is desirable that at least one of the two researchers is proficient in French.

Deliverables: The students will produce a) a database of digitized student autobiographies and b) visualizations mapping student educational and professional trajectories.

Number of positions:  2
Academic Level: No Preference

ARCH-003: Architectural quality for cultural institutions in Canada
Professor:  David Theodore
E-mail:  david.theodore [at] mcgill.ca
Telephone: 514-398-2862
Website

Research Area:  Sustainability and health in design


Description:  The SURE student will work with other undergraduates as part of a research team investigating sustainability and health in architectural competitions. This research is related to the activities of an inter-university research team based in the LEAP lab at the Université de Montréal, and co-supervised by Carmela Cucuzzella, the Concordia University Research Chair in Integrated Design and Sustainability for the Built Environment (IDEAS-BE). Our question is: how has architectural quality been defined and judged in major awards of excellence and architectural competitions across Canada in the recent past? The student will help us to map and evaluate architectural characteristics sustainability and health study the textual and visual materials in the Canadian Competitions Catalogue. The project's longterm goal is to create an original and interactive Internet-based resource entitled "Canadian Mapping of Architectural Quality" which covers architecture in Canada from 1980 to the present.

Tasks:  The students will collaborate on creating evaluative grids and criteria for 50+ projects in the Competitions Catalogue. Students will learn to use the special software devised for the Catalogue, as well as carry out textual and visual analysis using NVivo. Finally, they will contribute to an online resource entitled "Canadian Mapping of Architectural Quality."

Deliverables:  The student will produce data visualizations of sustainability and health qualities.

Number of positions:  1
Academic Level: No preference

ARCH-004: That 70s Hospital
Professor:  David Theodore
E-mail:  david.theodore [at] mcgill.ca
Telephone: 514-398-2862
Website

Research Area:  Visualizations of hospital design and construction


Description:  This study explores a series of innovative architectural propositions made for Canadian teaching hospitals from 1965 to 1980. These proposals re-imagined hospital environments in the wake of legislation founding Canada’s publically funded universal health care system. In particular, the research team looks at how computer-aided design and construction engaged with our desire to improve healthcare delivery to Canadians. The goal is to deepen our understanding of the history of modern biomedicine and modern and postmodern architecture, as well as medical education, medical informatics, and computer-aided design.

Tasks:  The SURE student will help collect data about the design and construction of hospitals in Canada from roughly 1965-1985. The task will be to compile data files on each institution, draw scaled plans and sections from published materials, and begin construction of a series of maps showing the transformation of Canadian hospitals through time. "

Deliverables:  The SURE student will create maps, scaled drawings, and a database.

Number of positions:  1
Academic Level: No preference

ARCH-005: Solar Decathlon China Competition - Deep Performance Dwelling
Professor:  Michael Jemtrud
E-mail:  michael.jemtrud [at] mcgill.ca
Telephone: 514-398-1619
Website

Research Area:  Net Zero Energy residential construction.


Description:  The Solar Decathlon China competition requires the design, construction, and operation of a net zero energy home in China for the 2017/2018 competition.

Tasks:  The design and prototyping of various elements of the Deep-Performance Dwelling for the Solar Decathlon Competition. Revit modeling experience is a plus."

Deliverables:  Prototypes and assemblies for the cladding and interior fit up of the Deep-Performance Dwelling. Digital modeling, rendering, and models will be produced in addition to the prototypes.

Number of positions:  3
Academic Level: Year 3