Director Nico Kienzl, and Senior Environmental Designers Jessica Zofchak and Leanora Paniccia of Atelier Ten’s New York office will speak at the 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago on June 26. Nico’s session titled “Designing Climates: Enhancing Thermal and Visual Comfort Through the Design of Indoor/Outdoor Architecture” will reintroduce the audience to fundamental principles of thermal and visual comfort, describe how the experience of the built environment—and the health of people in buildings—can be enhanced by designing to first principles of thermal and visual comfort, and explain how dynamic, varied thermal and visual environments can help many kinds of projects become more comfortable for more people. Nico will be joined by Thomas Jacobs of Krueck + Sexton Architects and William Horgan of Grimshaw.
Designing Climates: Enhancing Thermal and Visual Comfort Through the Design of Indoor/Outdoor Architecture
June 26, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
McCormick Place, Room S104
Jessica and Leanora’s session titled “Designing Towards Improved Visual Comfort” will outline the attributes that can cause glare, methods of analyzing and simulating glare scenarios, and the rationale for diagnosing and mitigating glare instances for enhanced visual comfort. Glare and its associated visual comfort criteria comprise a relatively new field of study within the lighting and the vast number of older, energy-inefficient buildings in the United States and the growing body of research discussing the substantial economic and environmental benefits of energy efficiency has led U.S. policymakers, investors, building owners, environmentalists, and design and construction professionals to seek ways to scale up the energy-efficient retrofit market.
Designing Towards Improved Visual Comfort
June 26, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
McCormick Place, Room S106