Building Performance

Faculty and students in the Building Performance Program Area address aspects of overall performance through the integrated design of structural, environmental, enclosure, and related systems.

Rendering (left) and facade detail (right)

Muqarnas Tower, designed by alum James Pawlikowski of SOM (L) and building envelope design detail by a recent student (R)

Building Performance

Our work is grounded in a historical knowledge base of best practices while also promoting experimentation and innovation, focusing on sustainability, environmentally responsible use of energy and materials, human comfort, and constructability. Building Performance Program faculty offer core courses and studios in subjects such as structures, environmental systems, and comprehensive design, as well as specialized elective courses in energy modeling and simulation, building-envelope design, daylighting, advanced structural design and analysis, and integrated design processes. These courses give students a strong foundation and expertise in the various principles and technologies that contribute to the design of high-performance buildings.

Core Faculty

2024 Symposium: Smart Tall Buildings

April 14, 2023 Symposium: Advances and Innovations in Design of Tall Buildings

April 19, 2024 Symposium: Smart Tall Buildings

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “Smart Tall Buildings”, focusing on how engineering, data collection, and AI / machine learning can help make our tall buildings more efficient and more reliable, while reducing operating costs and improving the human experience.  We have a slate of presenters from the engineering, data, and client side to discuss this emerging and important topic within our profession.

 

2024 Symposium: Smart Tall Buildings
2023 Symposium: Advances and Innovations in Design of Tall Buildings

April 14, 2023 Symposium: Advances and Innovations in Design of Tall Buildings

April 14, 2023 Symposium: Advances and Innovations in Design of Tall Buildings

A symposium on state-of-the-art integrated architectural and engineering design as well as construction of tall buildings.

  • Title: Advances and Innovations in Design of Tall Buildings
  • Date and time: Friday April 14th, 2023, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
  • Zoom streaming: Advance FREE registration is required
  • In-person location: Room 2 Education Building, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Symposium has been submitted for submitted for AIA CES approval
  • Speakers:
    • Ann Thompson, AIA, Executive Vice President, Related Midwest
    • Dennis C.K. Poon, PE, Managing Principal, Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
    • James Pawlikowski, SE, LEED AP, Clinical Professor and Kerbis Fellow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Principal, Datum Engineers
    • Jordan Komp, PE, SE, Associate Principal and Milwaukee Office Director, Thornton Tomasetti
    • Matt Streid, PE, SE, Principal, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
2023 Symposium: Advances and Innovations in Design of Tall Buildings

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April 8, 2022 Symposium: State of the Art in Design of Tall Buildings

Hear the latest in design of tall buildings from the experts who designed some of the most monumental tall buildings in the world.

Building Performance Symposium: The Future of Architectural Technologies poster

April 2, 2021 Symposium: The Future of Architectural Technologies

Organized by the Building Performance Program at the Illinois School of Architecture, this symposium brings together a stellar group of guest speakers who are leaders in architecture, engineering, construction, and research.

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