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Adaptive Facades Symposium

April 19 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Where: Scheman Center, 1st Floor North, Ames, IA


Building facades, like the human skin, have to mediate a large variety of external parameters and conditions, such as sun, heat, wind, water. Facades’ which can change according to these conditions based on their material, mechanical or kinetic properties have been an architect’s dream for many decades. See for example the polyvalent wall of Mike Davies in the early 1980s. Like the lens of the camera or eye these façade should be able to adapt to changing external or internal conditions. Material development, digital manufacturing and computational advances in respect to parametric environmental building performance modeling have advanced thus far, that adaptive facades are the current and future innovations constructed to mediate, sun, light and heat to provide more energy efficiency, more comfort, more conceptual freedom and more opportunities for occupants to adjust their environment to their individual requirements.



Shrikar BHAVE 

Design Lead at Transsolar KlimaEngineering, New York

Climate Responsive Building Façades– Case Studies


Professor and Chair, TU Delft & TU Darmstadt

Façade Roadmap


Associate, Eckersley O-Callaghan Engineers, San Francisco

Transparency and Innovation


Partner, Henning Larsen Architecture, Copenhagen

Performance: Elegant and Exacting

Doris SUNG 

Associate Professor, University of Southern California

Founding Principle, DOSU Studio Architecture

Taming Smart Materials to Behave



Deborah Hauptmann | Chair and Professor of Architecture

Ulrike Passe | Associate Professor of Architecture

Shelby Doyle | Assistant Professor of Architecture


FREE to ISU Students & Faculty 

REGISTRATION $50 for design professionals

AIA Continuing Education Units available

The Adaptive Facades Symposium is made possible by support from the ISU Department of Architecture and Tremco Inc

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April 19
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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