Architecture Students Named Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholars

June 30, 2017

Two upper-class architecture students have been selected by The Hunter R. Rawlings III Cornell Presidential Research Scholar (RCPRS) program for 2017–18 in recognition of their interest and promise in research-driven inquiry.

Hallie Black (B.Arch. '19) will study design issues related to migration arrival cities, and Ye Chan (Daniel) Park (B.Arch. '20) will research residential daylight as it relates to sustainable urban population growth.

In her proposal titled Arrival City, Arrival Country: Analyzing the Architecture of Peoples Left in the Spatial and Social In-Between, Black will pursue a new design theory through the study of arrival city structures in three neighborhoods in Berlin. "My research," she writes, "will examine the intersectionality of political change, socioeconomic inequality, and cultural complexity of an 'arrival city' and its impact on architectural design."

Mentored by Henry Richardson, professor in architecture, Black predicts that her study will produce "a new, critical understanding of the adaptive architectural design for fluctuating population needs," and may revolutionize the architectural considerations of form versus function and establish a new critical architectural category she calls "flux."

In his research, Park will focus on an increased need for residential daylight as urban population density grows. Park has been a member of Environmental Systems Lab (ESL), led by Timur Dogan, assistant professor in architecture, which conducts research on the development of daylight simulation software. In his proposal, titled Developing New Building Simulation Software Workflows and Metrics for Daylight Availability, Occupant Comfort, and Energy Usage Optimization in Urban Residential Architecture, Park says his research will demonstrate replicable transitions from raw daylight simulation data to constructible design using urban test cases.

"The U.N. predicts that global urban population will nearly double by 2050," Park writes, "which calls for the construction of new urban areas equivalent to 250 times the population of New York City." Beginning with a summer internship at Transsolar Klima-Engineering, a leading firm in building simulation and energy optimization, Park intends to establish a foundation for understanding how simulation-driven design and the consultant-architect relationship work.

In addition to the upper-class scholars, four first-year AAP students were selected as Rawlings scholars: Ribhya Arora (B.Arch. '22), Alexia Asgari (B.Arch. '22), Amina Kilpatrick (B.S. URS '21), and Daniel Min (B.Arch. '22).

Each year, the RCPRS program supports a select group of admitted first-year and rising third-year students from across the university and provides each one with a generous research support account. The scholars collaborate with faculty mentors of their choosing in designing and carrying out an individualized research project.

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