Dogan Receives Atkinson Center Seed Research Grant

July 11, 2016

Timur Dogan, assistant professor in architecture, is part of a team that recently received a grant from Cornell's Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future (ACSF).

Dogan, along with Howard Chong from hotel administration and Kavita Bala from computer science, will use the grant for a project titled Building Better Cities. According to the project brief, "Buildings produce one-third of the world's carbon emissions, so urban designers need new, climate-smart modeling tools for energy efficiency, solar power, light, and ventilation." Dogan's team will develop software to help planners create livable and sustainable urban habitats.

"Our Academic Venture Fund (AVF) program, now in its ninth year, continues to enable faculty from across campus to form new collaborative teams offering innovative approaches to a wide range of sustainability challenges," said Graham Kerslick, the executive director of the ACSF. "This year, our AVF awards have a strong international component, with work involving 15 countries in addition to the United States."

Dogan's research focuses on daylighting, energy modeling, passive climate control strategies, and performance-driven design workflows in both urban and architectural scales. He is the lead developer for Archsim Energy Modeling; UMI, a Rhino-based urban modeling interface; and Urban Daylight simulation software for Rhino and Grasshopper.

Excerpted from an article written by Blaine Friedlander for the Cornell Chronicle.

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