[Sbse] 2013 Building and Environment Best Paper Awards

Building and Environment is very proud to announce the 2013 Best Paper Awards and 2013 Best Paper Award for a Young Author, established in 2007 as a measure to encourage the publishing of high-quality papers in the journal. According to the review scores and the recommendations from the reviewers, there are 26 candidate papers eligible for competing the best paper awards. The Editorial Advisory Board carefully evaluated those papers according to their originality, contributions to the field, quality of presentation, and soundness of the science.  Finally the Paper Award Committee, which consisted of Tim Xu (chair), Jon Wright, and Kwang Woo Kim, all of whom are also members of the Editorial Advisory Board, selected the following awards:

2013 Best Paper Awards:
·         Jörgen Falk and Kenneth Sandin, “Ventilated rainscreen cladding: Measurements of cavity air velocities, estimation of air change rates and evaluation of driving forces,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132312002193>” Building and Environment, Volume 59, January 2013, Pages 164–176.
·         Peter Barrett, Yufan Zhang, Joanne Moffat, Khairy Kobbacy, “A holistic, multi-level analysis identifying the impact of classroom design on pupils’ learning,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132312002582>” Building and Environment, Volume 59, January 2013, Pages 678-689.
·         Cheng-Chun Lin, Liangzhu (Leon) Wang, “Forecasting simulations of indoor environment using data assimilation via an Ensemble Kalman Filter,sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132313000887>” Building and Environment, Volume 64, June 2013, Pages 169-176.

2013 Best Paper Award for Young Author:
·         Delia D’Agostino, “Moisture dynamics in an historical masonry structure: The Cathedral of Lecce (South Italy),sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360132313000577>” Building and Environment, Volume 63, May 2013, Pages 122-133.

Let us congratulate the authors for their significant contributions to the state-of-the-art. They should be very proud of their achievements in a very competitive pool of more than 1300 submissions in 2013.

Winning papers are free to access until 31 march 2014.

Upjohn Research Initiative awards

Washington, D.C. – November 6, 2013 – The jury for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Upjohn Research Initiative, a joint program of the College of Fellows and the Board Knowledge Committee to support knowledge sharing between practitioners and academicians, has announced the five projects selected to receive grants.


The purpose of this grant, now in its seventh year, is to provide base funds for applied research projects that advance professional knowledge and practice. The 18-month long project grant qualifies recipients to have their findings and outcomes published both electronically and in a nationally distributed publication. The total award of $105,000 will be spread across the selected proposals. The jury felt the process and deliberations were fully consistent with the blind-peer review intent of the program. This blind-peer review helps add an element of rigor to the process whereby proposals are debated on their own merits. The following five submissions were selected for funding:


Project Title: Daylighting Design Performance Criteria for Alzheimer Care Facilities, Towards Evidence-based Best Practices for Improved Care

Principal Investigator: Kyle Konis, PhD, AIA, University of Southern California

Abstract: The objective of this research is to establish empirical daylighting design requirements and performance criteria for assisted living facilities serving people with Alzheimer disease.


Project Title: Tenant Engagement in High Performance Buildings and Communities

Principal Investigator: Julie Kreigh, AIA, LEED AP, CSBA, Kriegh Architectural Studios

Abstract: Design professionals have developed methodologies to predict and analyze post-occupancy energy performance in project-specific high performance design environments.


Project Title: Learning Environments Design and Diversity

Principal Investigator: James Determan, FAIA, Morgan State University

Abstract: The primary intent of this research is to provide learning space designers and educators with evidence of the link between classroom design and enhanced learning outcomes using subjects that accurately reflect the future student population.


Project Title: Sustainable Transparency: Kinetic Building Facades

Principal Investigator: Kyoung-Hee Kim, PhD, University of North Carolina

Abstract: This applied design research project advances two domains of architectural knowledge: Kinetic Facade Design and Sustainability Performance Assessment.


Project Title: Responsive Pneumatics: Prototypes for Biologically Inspired Air-Based Envelope Systems

Principal Investigator: Kathy Velikov, University of Michigan

Abstract: This proposal seeks funding to advance physical prototype-based research examining new performative, formal and aesthetic potentials of cellular pneumatic foil-based envelope systems towards low energy light-transmitting building facade applications.


The jury for the Upjohn Research Initiative includes: Jury Chair William Joseph Carpenter, PhD, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Southern Polytechnic State University Lightroom Architecture + New Media; Leonard Bachman, University of Houston; Christine Barber, Director of Research at Gensler; Henry Hardnett, FAIA, Indian Health Service; Marlene Imirzian, FAIA, Imirzian Architects; Calvin Kam, PhD, AIA, PE, LEED AP, Stanford University; Keith Diaz Moore, PhD, AIA, University of Kansas; Burton L. Roslyn, FAIA, FARA, DBIA Roslyn Consultants, LLC. and William J. Stanley III, FAIA, Stanley, Love-Stanley, P.C. The Upjohn Research Initiative is named after Richard Upjohn, the first president of the AIA and a founding member.

Sustainable Structures Symposium abstract deadline extension


Sustainable Structures Symposium
The Intersections of Architecture, Structural Engineering and Green Buildings

April 17-18, 2014
Portland State University
Portland, OR

The School of Architecture in the College of the Arts at Portland State University is pleased to announce its fifth annual research symposium. This year’s theme will focus on the intersections of structural systems and sustainability. Faculty and students in architecture, structural engineering and related disciplines as well as practicing architects and engineers are invited to submit abstracts for blind peer review. Authors of selected abstracts will to be asked to submit full papers for another round of blind peer review to ensure quality and give feedback to the authors. Accepted papers will be presented at the symposium and included in the published proceedings.

500-word abstracts are due by September 12, 2013.

More information about the symposium can be found at:

The full call for abstracts/papers can be downloaded from the link below:

2013 Upjohn Call for Submissions (AIA research funding)

2013 Upjohn Call for Submissions


To provide base funds to be matched for applied research projects that advance the value of design and professional practice knowledge.


The AIA seeks proposals for research projects to be completed in an ~18-month period beginning December 1, 2013. The AIA will award up to four grants, between $15,000 and $30,000 each, for selected projects (awarded funds must be hard-dollar matched; a maximum of 10 percent of funds may be used for overhead). This grant qualifies recipients to have their findings and outcomes published both
electronically and in a nationally distributed publication.

Preference will be given to proposals that have teams comprised of both academics and practitioners. Also preferable are long records of team collaboration and a budget using less than the 10 percent maximum for overhead (i.e., indirect costs).

AIA Upjohn Research Context

Proposals that address the value of design, practice issues, or novel materials and methods of construction are welcome. The research ideally will relate to architectural knowledge within the Building Performance domain.

www.aia.org/practicing/akr/AIAB098205 (PDF)

Enquiry/The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research

The ARCC Board of Directors has re-launched the ARCC Journal as a source for academic dissemination of architectural research. The original journal ran from 2004 until 2010. The journal, now titled Enquiry/The ARCC Journal of Architectural Research, began a new phase of life with the 2012 issue and will be published one to two times a year as an open access online journal. In the next several months, the journal will be moving to ISSN status and apply DOI to articles for document archiving. Enquiry is an open access journal and will be linked into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The digital data structure of the journal now conforms to international standards.

Enquiry is an open submission journal with modalities of research as organising categories. The call for articles is open all year round. Submission is digital via the website. The journal is double blind peer review with both a review board and an Editorial Board.

The journal uses the Open Journal System software and requires authors to register before they may submit an article. More information may be found at the Journal’s website: http://www.arcc-journal.org

BRIK: Building Research Information Database.


The National Institute of Building Science (NIBS) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announces the launch of BRIK: Building Research Information Database.

A collaborative effort, the Building Research Information Knowledgebase (BRIK) is an interactive portal offering online access to peer-reviewed research projects and case studies in all facets of building, from predesign, design, and construction through occupancy and reuse.

BRIK offers a user-friendly approach to those involved in creating the built environment—from researchers to clients to builders to designers to occupants—to help them find the building research, information, and knowledge they need to design, build, own, and operate high-performance buildings.

BRIK presents reseach programs and products in three, clearly defined and identified levels:

  • Partners’ research will be vetted under a Memorandum of Agreement with partnering non-profit associations, educational institutions, national labs, and government agencies;
  • Contributors’ research provided by firms and companies will be reviewed before posting; and
  • Individuals may submit research that will be reviewed before posting.

This is professional and academic peer reviewed research report searchable archive. It will launch with 500 documents and grow over time. It serves as a repository of legacy knowledge and new knowledge for the disciplines of design and construction to get timely and accurate information on building science topics.


CTBUH 2013 International Research Seed Funding

DEADLINE: March 31, 2013

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat is pleased to announce the “Call for Proposals” for its 2013 International Research Seed Funding – culminating with an award of US$20,000 to be recognized at the CTBUH 2013 International Conference to be held in London, UK from June 11-13, 2013. This seed funding has been made possible with the kind support of ARUP, through the London Conference Gold + Research Seed Funding Sponsorship Package.

The goal of the seed funding is to assist researchers in developing projects/ideas to a level to secure additional, more significant, funding - in conjunction with the CTBUH. Research proposals should directly relate to the tall building typology and/or urban habitat, but can come from any topic/discipline – including but not limited to: architecture, construction, energy issues, energy harvesting, environmental engineering, facades, financial & cost issues, fire & life safety, geo-technics, humanities, infrastructure, interiors, maintenance & cleaning, materials, MEP engineering, policy making, resource management, seismic, social aspects, structural engineering, systems development, urban planning, vertical transportation, wind engineering etc. There are no institutional or geographic restrictions.

· Announcement

· Award Brief

· Submission Form

New Issue: Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology

Dear Interested Reader:

The fall 2012 issue of Environmental and Architectural Phenomenology is now available on line at: http://www.arch.ksu.edu/seamon/69_12_fall_23_3.pdf.

A major focus of the fall issue is “architectural phenomenology”—its professional and academic past as well as its scholarly future. EAP Editor David Seamon and French architectural historian Benoît Jacquet review architectural theorist Jorge Otero-Pailos’ 2010 Architecture’s Historical Turn, which argues that architectural phenomenology played a key role in establishing American Architecture programs as viable university units of scholarly research. Seamon examines Otero-Pailos’ claims in regard to broader trends in architectural and environmental phenomenology, and Benoît places the book in relation to French academic developments.

The issue also includes architect Reza Shirazi’s essay evaluating the present state of phenomenology and architecture. Shirazi seeks to locate an accurate description of current phenomenological research and concludes that the most precise label is “discourse”—i.e., a mode of study and design initiated mostly by individual researchers and designers who share “some common concerns and intentions” and “interpret the possibilities and results of phenomenological investigation in a wide array of ways, both conceptually and practically.”

The last essay in the fall issue is Australian educator John Cameron’s “eighth letter from Far South,” which considers attention as it relates to place—in this case, Cameron’s rural homestead of Blackstone on Tasmania’s Bruny Island. He writes: “What bearing does attending more closely to the local place vernacular and my subtler bodily responses have on our everyday place-making activities here? What does it really mean to have one’s awareness be part of something so much larger—a place-specific intelligence shared by all the beings that inhabit Blackstone?”

Back issues of EAP, 1990-present, are now available at: www.krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/1522;.

David Seamon
Architecture Department, Kansas State University
Editor, EAP

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University of Michigan Architecture PhD

Fully funded positions available to study in focus area: Design Studies

This area of focus includes a range of research in social and cultural topics, please see program description at: taubmancollege.umich.edu/architecture/programs/doctoral_studies/.

Standard package with acceptance includes stipend for four years and tuition for all years of study.

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AIA-NIBS Memorandum of Understanding

February 23, 2012, Washington, D.C. – Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/Chief Executive Officer of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Henry Green, Hon. AIA, President of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) are pleased to announce the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding underscoring the two organizations’ mutual interest in the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance buildings and the desire to collaborate on issues surrounding these topics.

“Through cooperation and coordination on the issues impacting the entire building community and the pursuit of high-performance buildings, the Institute and AIA can work towards improving our nation’s buildings. We are very pleased to work with AIA on such an important effort,” said Green upon signing.

One of the first projects the two organizations will work on collaboratively is the joint development of an on-line portal for building industry research and knowledge. Intended to be accessible to the public, this initiative will include the participation and contribution of a variety of building science and performance disciplines. NIBS and AIA anticipate this partnership will culminate in providing a centralized location for the knowledge and research efforts underway that are relevant to the building industry.

“The AIA has long recognized the power of knowledge to inform design. For many years, the AIA Knowledge Communities have provided ample testimony to the value of that orientation,” said Ivy about the new partnership and the outline of work planned. “The AIA-NIBS research portal will enable practitioners to use knowledge creatively in ways for which they have impatiently hoped. Now the wait is over.”

Later this year, NIBS and AIA will also collaborate on an industry summit bringing together leaders in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering. The summit will focus on elevating awareness and understanding of how design adds value to the building process, whether it’s expressed through increased property value or the health, safety and welfare of the building’s users.

Additionally, AIA and NIBS are working together on High Performance Buildings: Combining Field Experience with Innovation, the third Building Enclosure Science & Technology (BEST) Conference, April 2-4, 2012, in Atlanta. The Conference is part of the Building Enclosure Technology and Environment Council’s (BETEC) mission to explore the advancement of energy efficiency of buildings as well as the durability of buildings as affected by moisture and the indoor environment. The AIA and NIBS have been partners in the Building Enclosure Councils since 2004.

About The National Institute of Building Sciences

The National Institute of Building Sciences is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that successfully brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests, and regulatory agencies to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States. Authorized by the U.S. Congress, the Institute provides an authoritative source and a unique opportunity for free and candid discussion among private and public sectors within the built environment. The Institute’s mission to serve the public interest is accomplished by supporting advances in building sciences and technologies for the purpose of improving the performance of our nation’s buildings while reducing waste and conserving energy and resources. Visit www.nibs.org .

About The American Institute of Architects

For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit http://www.aia.org.

Richard L. Hayes, PhD, CAE, AIA
Director, Knowledge Resources
The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue
Washington, DC 20006-5292
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202-626-7518 (facsimile)

The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architectural profession and is the resource for its members in service to society.