Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle Wins International Award for Excellence.

Department of Architecture Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle, Ph.D. is the winner of the International Award for Excellence for The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 6, for his paper "Autonomous Living: An Eco-social Perspective".

From the abstract of the winning paper: "Autonomous living enables occupants to generate zero-carbon emissions from all energy use in a building, while eco-sociality empowers people to participate in a process. Eco-sociality is a sustainability process that encourages people to develop social interactions and live consciously to treat their environment well. The process requires a transformation approach as global warming creates environmental problems and there is a need for an improved way of living that can mitigate the effects of climate change and enhance our overall wellbeing. The existing literature has shown that past sustainability processes yield few results because they focus on a technological-based approach rather than exploring an eco-social approach. The evidence suggests that technological efficiency does not guarantee sustainability. This study has identified that the sustainability process is not an abstract plan of action but a process that involves due process, consultation, and social interaction to increase people’s levels of participation."

Professor Adekunle joined the University in September 2015 as an Assistant Professor with the primary focus of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in structural design. His research extends beyond structures into sustainable design issues. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture at the University of Kent (UK), Master of Architecture at the University of Nottingham (UK) and Bachelor of Technology, Architecture at the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria. He is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment publishes broad-ranging and interdisciplinary articles on human configurations of the environment and the interactions between the constructed, social, and natural environments.

UNOTES - 3/23/16

Monday, March 21, 2016

A UHart Architecture Student's Spring Break!

“It is overwhelming because it is a real building,” says Jezelle Gordon ’17 of helping to redesign a-community center for The Conference of Churches in Hartford, Conn.

The 30,000 square-foot building, called “The 224 EcoSpace,” combines an art gallery, dance studio, banquet hall, and work space under one roof. As an architectural engineering technology major in the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, this is a dream job for Jezelle and a chance to add professional experience to her résumé.

Jezelle landed the internship through the University’s Express to Success program, which pairs students with proven leaders in their chosen field of study for a weeklong mentoring experience. During her internship, Jezelle will design a new commercial kitchen and what is known as a living wall (an art installation made of plants). She will also create new sidewalks and remove doors to create more natural light and space.

“This is a great opportunity,” Jezelle says. “It gives me insights into what it is really like to work as an architect.”

Only a few days into her internship, The Conference of Churches asked Jezelle to continue working for them. “It has been a tremendous blessing for us to have younger people active in the leadership and transformation of the organization,” says the Reverend Shelly Best, CEO and president of The Conference of Churches, “It is a new way of thinking.”

When Jezelle graduates in May 2017, she will be able to see what one of her designs look like in reality. The commercial kitchen is expected to be done by next spring.
UNOTES - 3/18/16