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8 AIA/CES APPROVED LU CREDITS for Day-long workshops
3 AIA/CES APPROVED LU CREDITS for Half-day workshops

Illinois Institute of Technology Main Campus
Engineering 1 Building   10 West 32nd  Chicago, IL
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• Day-long workshops (#1-4) run from Registration at 8:30 AM, Workshops begin promptly at 9:00 AM. Ends at 6:00 PM. Complimentary lunch break included.
8 AIA/CES APPROVED LU CREDITS for Day-long workshops
• Half-day morning workshop #5A runs from Registration at 8:30, Workshop begins promptly at 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM without lunch break.
• Half-day afternoon workshop #5B runs from Registration at 12:30 pm, Workshop begins promptly at 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM without lunch break.
3 AIA/CES APPROVED LU CREDITS for Half-day workshops
NOTE: Information regarding software version and service release will be communicated upon registration via each instructor along with additional information pertaining to pre-workshop preparation. Each student is responsible for bringing his or her own laptop and the software downloaded as per instructions.


Rhino, Grasshopper, Panelling Tools

Kevin McClellan, Digital Fabrication Alliance

This workshop will use a procedural method of constructing an integrated facade system in Rhino.
It will begin with associative modeling advancing into Paneling Tools while progressively implementing Grasshopper throughout. As a reverse-engineered case-study developed through design vignettes applied to successive layers of a building enclosure, a holistic design strategy for using the tools will be covered that will include: quantitative approaches in design scope, adaptive feedback of building information, optimization and tolerance control in design, and iterative strategies for managing data sets.


Rhino 4, EvoluteTools PRO 2.0, Monkey Script Editor

Florin Isvoranu, Evolute

This workshop will focus on optimization of complex geometry envelopes for efficient and cost effective fabrication. We will cover all steps from design to optimization to detailing to generating fabrication information, and how to parametrically link these steps to become an integrated workflow. Throughout the whole workshop EvoluteTools PRO 2.0 for Rhino will be used by the attendees for hands-on examples and exercises. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own designs to be rationalized.  Experience in using Rhino, knowledge of RhinoScript is advantageous.

EvoluteTools PRO is an advanced Rhino Plugin providing access to powerful paneling and geometry optimization tools with a user friendly interface. Participants will receive a 30 day evaluation license of EvoluteTools PRO to further explore its capabilities. Participants will also have a chance to preview new optimization tools and paneling technology.


3. FACADE PATTERNING: Translation from Grasshopper into Revit
Rhino, Grasshopper, Revit

Marc Teer, Black Spectacles & IIT

This workshop will introduce a variety of patterning techniques in Grasshopper and how they apply to the design of facades.  We will then investigate interoperability between Grasshopper and Revit – exploring the tools that are making this translation possible: Geometry Gym, Hummingbird, Chameleon & Import OpenNurbs to Revit.  Where possible, we will have the developers of these tools present via Skype to share their stories for how the software emerged, and to provide an in-depth understanding of the limitations of each tool.  Workshop attendees should have an introductory understanding of both Grasshopper & Revit.



Alphonso Peluso, IIT Director of Digital Architecture + Fabrication

This workshop will explore using Revit to create complex building facades. Using a series of tutorials we will begin by looking at basic curtain wall creation inside the project environment by using system families and making custom parametric families. Next we will move into the ‘Conceptual Massing’ interface for creating complex parametric facade forms. We will look extensively at creating and applying ‘Curtain Panel Pattern’ families from basic, advanced and responsive to the facade forms. The ‘Adaptive Component’ families will also be explored for creating ‘one off ‘ building components.


Registration 8:30 AM, Workshop begins promptly at 9:00 AM, ends at 12:00 PM   (lunch not included unless you are signed up for both half-day workshops)

Shanta Tucker and Jessica Zofchak, Atelier Ten, and Mic Patterson, Enclos

This three part workshop will look at how codes impact facades, what simulation tools are used for best practice design and how an architecturally aesthetic solution can be found for facades given these new constraints and the available simulation tools.  With increasing stringency, the façade of a building is under new regulations for energy performance. The first part of this workshop will inform the participants on how ASHRAE 90.1 is interpreted and where trade-offs with other building systems are appropriate. Understanding that this standard is a minimum performance target, we will discuss how a high performance façade can be developed in terms of energy performance and daylighting. Next, the use of design tools such as DIVA for Rhino with Radiance and DAYSIM, Grasshopper, COMFEN and WUFI/THERM are described in the context of best practice for improving energy savings and enhancing indoor environmental quality. Last, given the use of the new tools and regulations, we will look at exciting applications of façade design. A question and answer session will follow each section.


5B. FACADES + INNOVATION – HALF DAY Afternoon Workshop
Registration: 12:30 PM, Workshop begins promptly at 1:00 PM, ends at 4:00 PM (lunch not included unless you are signed up for both half-day workshops)

Mic Patterson, Enclos, Patrick Loughran, Goettsch Partners, Edward Peck, Thornton Tomasetti, and Chris Stutzki and Matt Kuba of Stutzki Engineering

The notion of innovation is a diverse progression from the idea of invention. While invention implies the creation of new technologies, innovation embraces invention with the addition of process advancements, new business models, improved communications, generation of new community, and ultimately new markets. Innovative thinking promotes a multidimensional approach integrating analysis, synthesis and genesis. When innovative thinking is applied to the collaborative process of building enclosures, the possibilities are plentiful; technology transfer lends to new skin materials, increasing demand on the expectations of the enclosure elevate the discipline of façade engineering, and a design/assist project model emerges.

This workshop will include diverse voices and dialogue on the role of innovation in the creation of high-performance building enclosures and the challenges practitioners face in implementing forward-thinking ideas, imparting new perspectives on the challenges currently facing the industry and opportunities for innovation in the delivery of the building skin.



Florin Isvoranu is an architect with extensive practical experience. Before joining Evolute he developed his own architectural practice delivering multiple residential, commercial and industrial projects at a young age, working both on and off site. His design and fabrication expertise spans several industries, from architecture to marine design, boat building and CNC machinery construction. With a keen eye for detail he currently works as an architectural geometry consultant and tutor in Vienna, being involved in the detailing of several high end architectural landmarks . Florin holds an Architecture Degree from UAUIM Bucharest.

Matt Kuba is a project engineer with Stutzki Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in Wisconsin. Matt has worked extensively in the field of structural glass engineering and recently become an NFRC certified simulator. Matt earned a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin.

Patrick Loughran studied structural engineering at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, receiving his BS in Civil Engineering in 1986. He obtained a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. Patrick worked for several architectural practices in Chicago and has been employed at Goettsch Partners since 1994, where he is an associate principal, responsible for the design and detailing of curtain walls, skylights and canopy structures. In 1999, Patrick was awarded the Francis J. Plym Travelling Fellowship and studied building enclosure advances in Europe later that year. His research became the catalyst for a series of lectures in the United States on building enclosure innovations. He received AIA Chicago’s Young Architect Award in 2000. In 2003, Patrick authored a book entitled Falling Glass: Problems and Solutions in Contemporary Architecture, published by Birkhäuser. Patrick received a grant from the Graham Foundation to write Failed Stone: Problems and Solutions with Concrete and Masonry, published by Birkhäuser in 2006. Patrick continues to lecture to architects, engineers and students regarding his research on the limitations of a variety of building enclosure materials. He was elevated to the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows in 2009.

Kevin McClellan is a designer, artist and founder of Architecturebureau a design research office  exploring complex systems and their material effects on form. After receiving his Masters in Architecture and Urbanism in the DRL from the Architectural Association School of Architecture with a Project Distinction in 2005, he subsequently worked in New York for Kevin Kennon and in London with Zaha Hadid Architects. There he led the development of two highly publicized temporary installations, one for the Serpentine Gallery titled Lilas and the second for Swarovski Crystal Palace exhibited in the 2008 Milan Furniture Fair. He teaches design studio at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Mic Patterson is a designer, researcher, educator, and entrepreneur whose work focuses on the building skin. He has concentrated his professional and academic career on advanced facade technology and structural glass facades. Most recently, Patterson participated in the establishment of the Enclos Advanced Technology Studio (ATS) where he works as the Director of Strategic Development. Enclos is a leading national specialty facade contractor, and ATS is its dedicated facade think-tank with the mission of anticipating and realizing the future of the building skin. Patterson has taught, written extensively, and lectured internationally on diverse aspects of advanced façade technology. He is the author of Structural Glass Facades and Enclosures.

Edward M Peck, AIA, LEED AP joined the engineering firm of Thornton Tomasetti in 2008 to help develop and lead their Building Skin Practice, a division of the firm that specializing in the design and engineering of innovative building skins. Edward has over 15 years of experience in architecture, innovative building skin technologies, and building systems fabrication and construction. Throughout Edward’s career he has specialized on projects involving sustainable and innovative building skins. His experience evolved from design positions within international architectural firms to a design/technical leader of a prominent ETFE design/manufacturer to his present role as a skin consultant for Thornton Tomasetti.

Chris Stutzki works as a consultant for architects for their conceptual design of innovative glazed and lightweight structures. He founded the firm Stutzki Engineering, Inc., in 2004, now with 7 fulltime employees. He was a Professor at the College of Architecture of the Illinois Institute of Technology from 2006 to 2012 teaching Façade Technology and Structural Engineering. He graduated with his PhD from the Technical University of Aachen in Germany.

Marc Teer is an architect, educator and the founder of Black Spectacles.  As the founder of Black Spectacles, Marc has partnered with architects & designers from across the country in an effort to provide convenient and inexpensive software education in the most avant-garde, and most conventional design technologies.  Over the past year, Black Spectacles is proud to have developed partnerships with the AIAS, AIA Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation & the Chicago Architectural Club.  Marc’s work with Black Spectacles aspires to advance the creative potential of the architecture & design professions.

Shanta Tucker is an associate director of Atelier Ten. Shanta is recognized for her leadership in building performance simulation and consulting on both local and international projects. Shanta’s recent work includes France’s first high rise project to pursue LEED Platinum and HQE certification, developing a long term feasibility study for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and a laboratory of the future in Boston. Her professional affiliations include ASHRAE, ASHRAE-NY, the USGBC and IBPSA-USA, for which she is currently President.

Alphonso Peluso is the Director of Digital Architecture + Fabrication at the IIT College of Architecture where he teaches an array of digital courses. Alphonso recently received his Masters in Integrated Building Delivery from IIT. He is a licensed architect and founding partner of Vertex Architects LLC, a small design build firm in Chicago that focuses on sustainable approaches to design and construction. He designed and built Illinois first LEED Certified single family home in 2008.

Jessica Zofchak, an environmental designer at Atelier Ten,  works on a number of highly ambitious projects from government to commercial and institutional types. Jessica works within the environmental design and daylight practices at Atelier Ten focusing on integrated and computational methods for building performance optimization. Her recent focus includes developing Atelier Ten’s in-house daylight and façade optimization tool use. Jessica holds a bachelors of architecture, a degree in marketing and masters of engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.