Mark Rylander, a Director with William McDonough + Partners, also teaches at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, as several of our associates do. (We love getting to know grad students this way, and keeping a foot in the academy is an important element of idea cross-pollination that is important for the field.)
Last week, he brought a guest speaker to his class (and our Charlottesville studio). Here’s an excerpt from a student’s blog about it:
ARCH 8230: Building Synthesis, taught by Professor Mark Rylander, is taken in the final Fall semester of the M. Arch curriculum as part of a series of courses geared towards the technical aspects of architecture such as Structure, HVAC, etc. Today, Victor Olgyay of Rocky Mountain Institute came as a guest lecturer to talk about how to design daylighting in buildings. We learned how to use the “heliodon” as a tool for simulating sun angles of any season, how to read a light meter, as well as functions to adjust the level of intensity of the sun for different seasons of the year for accurate light levels.