2021 Speakers

Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari| Ladybug

Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari is a co-founder of Ladybug Tools LLC. He is also a designer, software developer, and educator focused on the integration of parametric environmental simulation with architectural design. He started the development of several open source projects including Ladybug Tools, EPWmap and DesignExplorer. After receiving his Masters in Environmental Building Design (MEBD) from University of Pennsylvania, he worked as a Senior Designer for Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill in Chicago and as an Integration Applications Developer for Thornton Tomasetti CORE-Studio in New York. He was a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and now is working full time at Ladybug Tools. He lectures and teaches seminars frequently throughout Architecture and Engineering schools, the AEC community.

Topic: Climate and flexibility to model real-world complexity.

Designers, engineers, and building industry professionals understand the imperative to change design and construction workflows to reduce energy usage and operating costs while increasing comfort. We have an abundance of tools for performance modeling, but buildings continue to be designed with business as usual practices. Why doesn’t available technology work? It’s because creating a building is inherently collaborative and, if all stakeholders are not on the same page and collaborating efficiently, then technology is of no use. Simply having an expert “run a simulation” is also not enough to guarantee an increase in value on a project. Successful projects require real-time collaboration, an integrated design process, timely results, and the ability to trust the numbers with full transparency.

Tarek Rakha| Georgia Tech

Dr. Tarek Rakha is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of the High Performance Building Lab (HPBL) at Georgia Tech. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2019, he was Assistant Professor at Syracuse University starting in 2015, after earning his Ph.D. in Building Technology from MIT. He published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal and conference papers, and two of which won best paper awards. His research is sponsored by federal agencies such as the US DOE, ARPA-E and the NSF, and from state authorities such as the NYSERDA, NYSDOT and GDOT, as well as corporate sponsors. He was recently nationally recognized by the Emerging Contributor Award of the American chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA-USA). He was also awarded the Georgia Tech Student Recognition of Excellence in Teaching: Class of 1934 Award.

Topic: Environmental Technologies to Empower the Unseen.

This talk will discuss how environmental robotic, sensing and simulation technologies can inform climate-responsive and sustainable architectural design decisions that advance racially and socially just solutions. The presentation will showcase synergistic frameworks for fast and reliable diagnostic aerial inspections that remotely measure environmental performance for vulnerable communities and their building envelopes using Computer Vision (CV) drones equipped with IR cameras. Identified IR images of higher probability for thermal anomalies are processed using CV to detect thermal leakages using AI. Diagnostics are then translated into envelope inputs to calibrate simulation using analyzed 3D thermography as a novel safe, fast, affordable, and accurate tool to inform retrofitting design. Thee talk will also link such simulation workflows to Urban/Building Energy Modeling (U/BEM), where standard templates will be investigated to understand their inherent biases, as our data and models do not “see” underrepresented communities, while they are the most vulnerable to the threat of climate change.

Christina Hughes| Walter P Moore

Christina Hughes is a Water Resources Engineer with Walter P Moore and a graduate of Rice University where she holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is a passionate advocate for sustainable design in engineering and leads the Walter P Moore Sustainable Design in Infrastructure Community of Practice. Christina is an active member of the Houston chapters of ULI and AIA and has chaired the Student Competition for the annual AIA Houston Gulf Coast Green Conference for the last three years. She has worked on water reuse systems for several award-winning projects across the region, including the ACEC Silver Medalist Clay Family Eastern Glades at Memorial Park, and was recently named a Water and Wastewater Digest Young Professional in 2018 and Design Futures Council Emerging Leader in 2021.

Topic: Site-scale Water Reuse: The Low-Hanging Fruit of Sustainable Development.

This presentation will introduce the basics of site-scale potable and non-potable water reuse systems and walk through the steps involved in developing water reuse programing on a site, including water mapping and water balance. We will discuss the benefits and challenges associated with different collection and use case options and present some case studies of local successful water reuse system implementations, with a focus on nonpotable water reuse as the “low-hanging fruit” option.

Mili kyropoulou| University of Houston

FMili Kyropoulou is a registered architect in the UK and in Greece. She studied architecture at the
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and continued her studies in Sustainable Environmental
Design at the Architectural Association in London. She is an assistant professor at the University
of Houston where she teaches Environmental Technology at the Gerald D. Hines School of
Architecture and Design. She has studied and/or worked in 5 countries, which has resulted in
built work, projects and proposals in the US, Europe, the UK, Africa, Latin America, Russia, the
Middle East and East Asia. The analysis scope for each project ranges from climate evaluation
and strategies/benchmark outline, daylight studies, energy & thermal analysis, solar form
finding, performance parametrics, urban thermal comfort, and high performance / net zero
building design. Mili has published and presented in several international conferences such as
PLEA, SimAUD, Façade Tectonics and Advanced Building Skins.

Topic: Watch for the Outdoors During a Pandemic: Generative Shading Design for a Warming Climate.

Following the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak our perception and relation to the outdoors has
been transformed dramatically. Cognitive, developmental, social, and physical health benefits of
regularly used outdoor settings have been documented, while their role in the post-COVID era is
reassessed and revalued. A thorough review of outdoor comfort definitions leads to the
investigation of an outdoor educational setting relative to climatic conditions, thermal and visual
comfort. The main design constituent under evaluation is a self-supported pavilion in Houston
TX. Growth patterns and permeability are the design variants that are parametrically tested
against thermal and visual comfort indices. The developed workflow provides a climate- and
comfort-based analysis method of an outdoor shading device and a parametric design workflow
adaptable to different microclimates, occupancy extents and layouts.

Eddy Santosa| IMEG Corp.

Graduating from Master of Science in Architecture at University of Pennsylvania and Master of Science in building Science at National University Singapore, Eddy Santosa has more than fifteen years’ experience in sustainable design and architecture/building industry. He currently works as a Senior Building Performance Consultant at IMEG.

He has been involved in establishing sustainability strategies, energy efficient strategies and passive design analyses for many projects in USA and around the world. His works range from developing master plan and conceptual design strategies for net zero projects to providing project managements and energy simulation calculations for LEED certifications.

He has a Licensed Architect in California, LEED AP BD+C, BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professional) and CBCP (Certified Building Commissioning Professional. He serves as a Board Director at IBPSA US and USGBC pro reviewer.

Topic: Houston We have a Problem.

In February 2021, Texas experienced a major electricity failure because of the severe winter storms. The grid was not capable to handle the increase of the peak usage. The issue of the peak demand is not only solely in Texas but also occurs in many states. AEC industry professionals often focus on reducing energy usage/EUI, but often ignoring the peak demand issue. The presentation will explain and describe the concept of the peak load and peak demand in building design. Additionally, the presentation will describe several strategies that should be considered to reduce the peak demand/load issues during the design.

Liam Buckley | IESVE

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Topic: Decarbonization Updates with IESVE

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Charlotte Deweese | Kirksey

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Topic: Simulation Tools Informing Design

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Elvin Ruya| Noresco

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Topic: Utilizing Advanced Energy Simulation for New Construction and Existing Buildings

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Alfonso E Hernandez| Gensler

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Topic: Democratizing Building Performance: An Experiment on Bringing Simulations to a Large Scale, Multiuser Environment

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