David Clark, Robert Dunay, and Jonathan King
The Center for Design Research has been sponsoring specialized studios that aim to integrate traditional modes of Design Research with specialized tools and processes, geared toward the advanced study and realization of high-performance material/spatial relationships, while simultaneously exploring the integration of undergraduate and graduate students within a collaborative multi-disciplined studio environment as found in professional practice.
2014’s Trans/lab and 2015’s proto-digital_TYPE studio offerings concentrated on the implementation of digital design, fabrication, and evaluation workflows to develop high-performance architectural artifacts in response to dynamic architectural conditions. The work resulted in performance-oriented prototypes evaluated and scrutinized against their digital models for performance accuracy and architectural quality.
The 2015-2016 studio operates in partnership with Prince William County to develop a Learning Center design proposal for the developing Eco-Park located in Coles, VA. This effort sees the County transforming its landfill into a community resource producing green energy, recovering valuable material, and providing opportunities for research and education. The goal of the Eco-Park is to educate the public on the issues of ecological sustainability, environmental protection, and energy production and consumption.
David Clark: Research Assistant Professor, Center for Design Research, School of Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Robert Dunay, FAIA: Professor, Director of Center for Design Research, School of Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies
Jonathan King, DDes: Associate Professor, School of Architecture + Design, College of Architecture and Urban Studies