Applied Research Consortium

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ARC hosts eight research projects in 2021-2022

Mithun and ZGF host two projects each, allowing ARC to expand to its largest cohort to date Gifts from the Applied Research Consortium (ARC) are making it possible for eight ARC Fellows to take the lead on an applied research project in 2021-2022. Topics span a diverse range of topics relevant to the AEC industry….

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Turner Construction to join ARC in 2022

Pilot project will study mass timber joinery design   American company Turner Construction will join the Applied Research Consortium (ARC) in 2022. Turner is already a collaborative partner with the College of Built Environments. For the past three years, the company has hosted internships for several applied research projects within the Center for Education +…

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ARC advances research in lighting for neonatal care

College of Built Environments partners with ZGF Architects and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Recent research shows that adequate daylight, particularly the violet and blue wavelengths of the visible spectrum, can exert a positive influence on brain and eye development in premature babies. Neonatologists and discovery biologists are therefore seeking to mimic daylight in neonatal…

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ARC Welcomes New Member Firm 7 Directions

Research will explore culturally-driven, place-based design and construction practices The Applied Research Consortium (ARC) is pleased to welcome its sixth and newest member firm: 7 Directions Architects/Planners, led by Daniel J. Glenn, AIA, an MIT-educated, licensed architect from the Crow Tribe of Montana. The firm specializes in designing contemporary Native American architecture and working with…

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NBBJ publishes design recommendations for creativity and space

Artists exemplify ARC research findings in beautiful visuals Artists at NBBJ have illustrated ARC Fellow Kristen Dong’s design recommendations for creative workplaces, and Dong couldn’t be happier with the results. “I think it looks AMAZING,” she recently wrote ARC. The design recommendations document, Creativity and Space: Data-driven design recommendations for creative workplaces, uses lively drawings…

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Landscape Architecture as liberatory practice

How practitioners can advance spatial justice for people in the margins The intersectional nature of landscape architecture ideally positions the field to act as a catalyst for liberatory changes that advance spatial justice, according to ARC Fellow Tera Williams. Through her ARC research project Radically Re-imagining Landscape Architecture as Liberatory Practice, conducted in collaboration with ARC…

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CBE adopts new strategic framework

ARC embodies the mission, vision, and values of the College The work of ARC lies at the heart of the new Strategic Framework that was adopted by the College of Built Environments in February 2021 under the leadership of Dean Renée Cheng. The new framework proposes a singular focus: working collaboratively across our disciplines to realize a more…

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ARC Fellow’s research receives accolades

Acoustical Society of America awards Vidhya Rajendran Best Student Paper The Acoustical Society of America has awarded Vidhya Rajendran, ARC Fellow 2019–2020, First Place in their Best Student Paper Award in Architectural Acoustics. Rajendran’s paper, Design of efficient low-frequency sound absorbers using an array of Helmholtz Resonators, describes her ARC research project in collaboration with NBBJ. It…

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Student emergency fund tackles ongoing need

CBE community lifts up students during COVID crisis The unexpected and sudden crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic has and continues to put great strain on students and student-based programs at the College of Built Environments (CBE). Acting quickly during the early days of the pandemic, the college established the CBE Student Emergency Fund to help…

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Looking Forward

For our industry partners, this handy reference provides the UW academic calendar and key ARC dates.

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Towards a more inclusive and equitable workplace

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ARC forms its first interdisciplinary research team

Cross-college collaboration explores carbon implications of mass timber supply chains The ARC program was created to bring together built environment firms, faculty experts, and graduate student researchers to address the most vexing challenges that firms face today. Until recently, our faculty experts have all come from the disciplines represented in the College of Built Environments….

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Nearly 400 college students take the ARC survey on working from home

Large response sets the stage for robust statistical analysis An ARC survey designed to investigate the relationship between space and creativity while working from home has tapped into a subject that many of us have thought a lot about during the pandemic. Kristen Dong (MS Architecture, Program in Design Computing), in collaboration with the ARC…

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Looking Forward

For our industry partners, this handy reference provides the UW academic calendar and key ARC dates. Winter Quarter 2021 January 4, 2021 Instruction begins Feb 22–26 Project proposals from firms for 2021–2022 due to ARC Feb 23–24   CBE Career Fair (ARC firms invited) February 25, 2021 ARC consortium meeting; 7:30 – 10 a.m.,  Zoom March 5, 2021 ARC…

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Introducing this year’s ARC projects

Gifts from our consortium members are making possible the following applied research projects this academic year: Healthy Materials: Seeking the Balance Between Environmental Sustainability and Occupant Health ARC Fellow: Rachel Yahn, MLA candidate Faculty Advisor: Elizabeth Golden, Architecture Firm Advisors: Jill Maltby-Abbott, Bonnie Sanborn, DLR Group As concerns mount over the growing climate crisis, sustainable…

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Meet our ARC fellow candidates for next year

These graduate students are preparing for ARC fellowships in the 2021–2020 academic year. Alondra Garcia (M Arch / MLA) Alondra Garcia joined the University of Washington in Fall 2020 and is pursuing a dual degree in Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture. Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, she attended NC State University and…

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Where Are They Now?

Last year’s ARC fellows are making an impact on practice and scholarship. Vidhya Rajendran (NBBJ) After completing a year-long research collaboration with NBBJ, Vidhya went to work with ZGF Architects in their Project Performance Team. She has been focusing on sustainability efforts and daylight studies on a couple of projects. She is also working with…

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Looking Forward

For our industry partners, this handy reference provides the UW academic calendar and key ARC dates. Autumn Quarter 2020 November 19, 2020 ARC consortium meeting; 7:30 – 10 a.m. December 11, 2020 Last day of instruction December 12–18, 2020 Finals week Winter Quarter 2021 January 4, 2021 Instruction begins February 25, 2021 ARC consortium meeting;…

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