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Advanced Architectural Design Studio: Alley Flat Initiative (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

"The Alley Flat Initiative works to advance three goals--design innovation, environmental sustainability, and affordability. In the format of a design/build studio, students will be working closely with each other, the s... More
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Advanced Architectural Design: Austin Studio (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The UT Austin Campus Real Estate Office has been tasked with management of the development of 109 acres at MOPAC and Braker known as the Pickle Research Center West Tract or the MCC Tract. Their initial inclination is th... More
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Advanced Design: Renewable Energy Innovation Lab (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a nationally recognized leader in buildings research combining renewable energy with innovative technologies to significantly reduce energy consumption in buildings. Bas... More
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Advanced Design: Sustainability Innovations Studio - Green Monsters (ARC 560R, ARC 696)

Sustainability Innovations is a studio sequence focused on achieving sustainable design solutions through a comprehensive, technologically progressive and a research oriented approach. More
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Advanced Studio in Sustainable Design (ARC 696)

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Agenda 21: Sustainable Urbanism (ARC 386M)

This course will examine factors affecting the changing status of the 21st century city and the tactics used to mediate the effects of rapid urbanization by leaders in the environmental design professions. Key words: Lan... More
Faculty & Staff

Alford, Elizabeth

Elizabeth has taught design studios at UTSOA for six years, as well as a seminar on construction systems for houses. She is currently at work on a book titled "Site::Offsite; Architecture and the Factory-Built House," fo... More
Faculty & Staff

Almy, Dean

Applied Research in Sustainable Urbanism. Dallas Urban Laboratory More
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Building Codes and the Environment (ARC 386M)

This course will be offered infrequently. Building and technological codes, too often ignored in design education, are the principal means by which societies attempt to shape the built environment. This seminar is histo... More
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Building Integrated Photovoltaic (ARC 386M; ARC 350R)

The goal is to develop a typology for building-integrated PV systems and to study the technical and economical potential of the integration of PV components in the building fabric of the campus of UT Austin. A real-scale... More
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Climate Change and Cultural Theory (ARC 386M)

Application of theories from philosophy, political ecology, science and technology studies, discourse theory, anthropology, and sociology in order to sketch approaches to climate change beyond the divisions of nature and... More
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Climate Walks (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

The architecture of the future will need to be based on detailed climatic analysis, taking into account the impact of solar radiation, temperature, humidity and wind on buildings. Only close attention to the climate and ... More
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Economy/Value/Quality of Life (URB 352; ARC 350R)

In this course, each student is asked to consider the evolution and existence of both 'qualitative' and 'quantitative' worldviews/value systems/reality systems/systems of evaluation and how each create situations where f... More
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Emerging Technologies (ARE 377K; ARC 350R)

London is home to many of the world's most innovative and influential Architecture and Engineering firms. This course takes students behind-the-scenes to learn about the latest design technologies of world-class building... More
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Energy Modeling and Design Process (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
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Energy Optimization in Building Design (ARC 386M; ARC 350R )

This course will introduce the student to whole-building energy simulation and energy optimization techniques using computer simulation, including the hourly simulation of dynamic thermal envelope loads, shading analysis... More
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Foundations of Sustainable Design Seminar (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Garden City to New Community (ARC 386M; ARC 350R; LAR 388; CRP 386)

This graduate seminar examines the search to establish new communities. It looks at the ideals, theories, and principles that people have held in the belief that a designed community is preferable to random incremental g... More
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Housing America (URB 352; ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Housing, Landscape, and Urbanism (ARC 386M; LAR 388)

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Informality: The Global Housing Challenge (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

Approximately 2 billion people of the world's population live in substandard housing; 1 billion of these people reside in urban slums (UN Habitat). In the US alone about 40 million people live below the poverty line (Uo... More
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Integrated Sustainable Design Studio (ARC 696)

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Intelligent Building Skins (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

In this course, students will explore the functional, assembly, and detailing criteria that are considered when developing concepts for the building envelope. The semester will begin with a series of exercises to gain a ... More
Faculty & Staff

Liedl, Petra

Petra Liedl is dedicated to promoting a deeper understanding of the interaction of climate, buildings, comfort and energy with an interdisciplinary approach in teaching, research and practice. Her current research focuse... More
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Light and Sustainable Design (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

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Research & Initiatives

Pecan Street Project

UT faculty and students are providing research support for the DOE sponsored smart grid demonstration that was awarded to the Pecan Street Project ($10 million over five years). In the smart grid demonstration project at... More
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Research Seminar: Sustainable Preservation (ARC 386M, CRP 381)

This seminar seeks to explore the evolving state of knowledge at the intersection of preservation and sustainability; to chart the gaps, contradictions and uncertainties, and then to formulate ways of resolving them. It ... More
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Smart Building Initiative

Tools are now available that offer real-time data for people who want to learn how their personal choices impact energy consumption at the room level. In a year-long project, the Smart Building Initiative marries this te... More
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Society, Nature, and Technology (ARC 386M)

Architects have tended to tell the history of their discipline as either the succession of styles or as the succession of theories. In both these views of architectural history, technological choices are understood to be... More
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Solar Geometry and Energy Flow in Buildings (ARC 350R, ARC 386M)

This course seeks to provide students with an understanding of the fundamentals of how buildings interact with their energetic environment, i.e. the natural energy that flows around and through them. More
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Special Topics in Skin Design (ARC 386M)

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Sustainable Interiors (ARC 350R)

The average American spends 18 hours indoors for every hour spent outdoors.[1] This translates to about 90% of our time being spent indoors. The indoor environments we design have a substantial impact on our health, prod... More
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The Modern American City (GRG 337; GRG 396T; URB 352 1; ARC 350R 1)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Topics in Architectural Theory: Sustainable Architecture (ARC 350R; ARC 386M)

This class proposes to establish a goal of investigating applied research green building systems that could be utilized as resource conservation strategies for the greening of the main campus at the University of Texas a... More
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Topics In Sustainable Development (ARC 386C; CRP 383; MAN 385; LAW 379M; P A 388K)

This course is a trans-disciplinary graduate level seminar designed to critically explore the theory and practice of sustainable development from a variety of perspectives. The class is cross-listed in business, architec... More
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Urban Design Practice (URB 352 3; ARC 350R 3)

Issues concerning the built environment and urban infrastructure, environmental sustainability, and the public policy framework designed to manage the challenges presented by these issues. Issues facing residents of U.S.... More
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Urban Landscape and Place-Making (ARC 386M; LAR 386M; CRP 386M)

This seminar explores ways to make better urban places both as a means to serve a city’s inhabitants, and also as a catalyst to urban regeneration. City leaders are increasingly realizing that the urban landscape of ... More
Research & Initiatives

UT Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is a university competition in which engineering and architectural teams from participating schools design, construct, transport and erect completely sustainable solar homes and display them on the Na... More
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Vertical Design Studio (ARC 394)

The course introduces students to an expanding understanding of the use of materials and methods of green building and their application to details. A major dimension of the project will be to integrate the design of tec... More
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Vertical Studio: Middle Class Sustainability? Sea Ranch (ARC 393)

By “middle class sustainability” I mean a set of living habits that are consistent with both contemporary middle class social values and the environmental conditions and forces found in the place where those habi... More
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Vertical Studio: PARA_SITES (ARC 393)

The redevelopment and re-vitalization of the downtowns of our cities play an important role in the promotion of more sustainable living habits. In an effort to increase urban density, infill construction, additions, and ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainability and Desire (ARC 393)

It may be that construction and program - that is, technology and desire - chicken and egg endlessly in architectural design, but the argument could be made that, when it comes to actually committing to building, desire ... More
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Vertical Studio: Sustainable Form (ARC 391)

Through a series of projects, lectures and readings this semester's studio work will concern itself with the purposeful inquiry of sustainability and form. Two different intentions of/for making form will be examined. Th... More
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Vertical Studio: The Child in the City (ARC 395)

The small American town and city formed a tight spatial, economic, and social grouping. People chose to live close to the action. There developed a business marketplace of one-on-one communication, where law and politics... More