Challenge By Semester

Spring 2013

Cancer Treatment Facility Massing

Mentors: Diana Davis (Perkins+Will), Bruce McEvoy (Perkins+Will)

Students: Daniel Snider, Eliah Cappi, Philip Richardson, Irma Natalia Quintanilla, Tianyao Zhang, Jun Wang

Breathing Tower Wujiang

Mentors: Keith Besserud (SOM)

Students: Brittney Davis, Kyungki Kim, Mark Luffel, Jessica Marquardt, Keyan Rahimzadeh

Childrens Hospital Plan and Facade

Mentors: Mark Tagawa (Perkins+Will), Dawn Mixon Bennet (Perkins+Will)

Students: Jonathan Cook, David Moore, Jaesuk Park, Keyan Rahimzadeh, Di Sui

Spring 2014

Generators and Evaluators of Urban Street Forms

Chen Feng

This project introduces space syntax measures to help evaluate design alternatives and inform critical design moves. The analytical tools, or “evaluators”, are developed in Grasshopper so that designers can get instant feedback on the performance of their design schemes. The evaluators can be wired to the generative algorithms, or “generators” created by designers at Perkins+Will to enable further optimization processes. The major goal of this project is to bring the expertise of space syntax into the early stage of the urban design process.

Building Integrated Green Wall Design Optimization

Stuart Jones

Green walls reduce building energy as well as improve environmental health conditions such as water quality and air quality. While green walls have many benefits, a significant drawback is the cost of additional materials such as structural systems and irrigation. A B.I.G. Wall would reduce the cost of a green wall by passively encouraging moss growth without additional structural support or extensive irrigation system. Daylight, water flow, and manufacturing analysis, form generation, and optimization algorithms control a surface orientation, water shedding ability, and machining requirements for fabricating the digital form.

Hygroscopic Optimization of Building Form

Tyrone Marshall

How do changes in local conditions of a buildings form, orientation, and surface articulation induce differences in wind surface pressures on building surfaces? Hygroscopic building envelopes function to pull moisture out of outdoor air using a benign hygroscopic brine solution that releases water when heat is applied and absorbs water when fluid cools. The use of generative and wind tunnel simulation software in early stage design for a simple two-story office building in in Atlanta is a vehicle for exploration of building orientation, floor-to-floor height, airflow, wind surface pressures, and building form studies as an adaptation.

The EPC Importer and Optimizer

Patrick Chopson

This project developed the EPC Import and Optimizer – a grasshopper plugin to the Energy Performance Calculator (CEN-ISO). The plugin allows for the input of building data directly from Rhino into the EPC and uses optimization for specific building problems such as PV or solar hot water array size. The EPC is a simpler, faster, and often more accurate whole building energy analyzer than Energy Plus.

Program-Driven parametric high-rise design

Mauro Buffa

Design professionals need to gather clients requirements, generate architectural proposals, analyze these for multidisciplinary performance, and quickly iterate through this process to help the client understand what it is they want, and can afford. This project develops a programdriven design workflow that links the geometry generation algorithms to high-rise program requirements. Designers can interact with either the building program model, or the building geometry model, and maintain consistency between both as they the design space of possibilities.

Fall 2014

Neuroscience Center Layout Optimization

Mentors: Dawn Mixon Bennet (Perkins+Will)

Students: Bryan Lee, Jaemoo Rhee, Victor Renteria, Alan Shirley


Parametric Highrise Optimization

Mentors: Keith Besserud (SOM)

Students: Sandeep Ahuja, Mauro Buffa, Joshua Tooill

Spring 2015

Relocatable Classroom Design System

The objective is to enhance the design of the Sprout Space classrooms to further enable a quality teaching and learning experience that optimizes energy efficiency, daylighting, and structural performance, teaching quality – based on specific sites, weather conditions, and client goals.


Allen Post, Josh Emig (Perkins+Will)


Sean Buckingham, Bachelors Candidate in Computer Science

Jeffrey Collins, PhD Candidate in Design Computation

Anthony Galvan, Bachelors Candidate in Architecture

Keun Hyup Lee, Bachelors Candidate in Civil Engineering

Jaeyoung Park, Bachelors Candidate in Civil Engineering

Roya Rezaee, PhD Candidate in High Performance Building


Healthcare Clinic Programming and Design System

The objective is to design a tool that creates an optimized floor plan from inputs given by stakeholders, circulation patterns, calculated adjacencies & structural analysis.


Diana Davis, Josh Emig (Perkins+Will)


Subhajit Das, Masters Candidate in Human Computer Interaction

Khatereh Hadi, PhD Candidate in Health + Design

Adetania Parmanik, PhD Candidate in Health + Design

Samual Shams, Masters Candidate in Architecture

Samaneh Zolfagharian, PhD Candidate in Building Construction



SFO Administration Campus

Mentors: John Haymaker (Perkins+Will), Mohammad Asl (Autodesk), Wei Yen (Texas A&M), Hakim Hasan (Perkins+Will)

Students:  Mohammad Alawadhi,  Yunkun Cai,  Fu,  Yuxuan, Tung-Yin Chung,  Ashish Dharela, Peixin, Hayley Groves, Zepeng,  Sam,  Nathanielle,  Xi

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