Where: Lawrence Hall studio 405

The Global Oregon Faculty Collaboration Fund and the Department of Architecture present DESIGNING THE DYNAMIC by JANE BURRY, RMIT UNIVERSITY, Melbourne, Australia Dynamic feedback is one of the challenges of the hour – how can designers see the performance effects of design options in real-time? Studying high-performance sailing has shaped an approach to using dynamic feedback in architectural design, as even inanimate buildings interact with complex, unpredictable forces that can be sensed in data streams. This presentation will explore how a phenomenal approach to the qualities of atmosphere, sound, heat, air movement and even people, enriches architectural design processes and outcomes through real time feedback. Novel ways to collect and process data help create design environments in which designers can build intuition while designing. Associate Professor Jane Burry, Ph.D. directs the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) in the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. SIAL hosts twenty PhD candidates pursuing design practice-led, transdisciplinary research and RMIT’s Master of Design Innovation and Technology program. She has practiced, taught and researched internationally, acting as a project architect at Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família church in Barcelona and many other built works. She is lead author of The New Mathematics of Architecture, 2010 and editor of Designing the Dynamic, 2013. Her research into architectural geometry and analysis feedback in early design will inform a collaboration on architectural applications of folding surfaces with UO Architecture Professor Nancy Cheng.

  • As a follow-up to the lectures, students and interested community members are invited to spend more time with the speaker. As seats are limited, those interested are requested to answer two questions so the fruitful participants may be chosen.


Thurs June 18, 2015, 9am-12noon
White Stag Block 451, 70 NW Couch


June 22-25, 2015, 9am-12noon
Lawrence Hall studio 405, 1190 Franklin Blvd.

Jane Burry and Nancy Cheng will lead a Eugene workshop considering how the geometry of folding surfaces can shape the aesthetics of light and air. -

Questions?  Contact Nancy Cheng  nywc at uoregon dot edu