Understanding building data and its application to design thinking requires seeing beyond analytical information. Placing simulation data—the analytics—requires placing the data within a context capable of informing designers, building collaboration with the design team, and educating project stakeholders. Capitalizing on virtual reality (VR) to visualize energy use, daylighting, solar radiation, wind, and relevant design options lets decisions be made with context and an understanding of cause and effect. This class will establish a strategic and replicable workflow methodology to build relevant building simulations (energy, sun, wind) in the design discovery phase, and visualize that data in a VR space with respect to multiple design strategies. Once in VR, the simulation data can then be used to educate the design team, clients, or students to help build an understanding of the role that analytics can play in forming design strategies.
- Discover how to convert analytical data into visually immersive data.
- Understand the application of building simulation data as analytics to inform building design options.
- Learn how to build an immersive VR experience expressing key analytical building simulation information as it directly applies to formal and spatial design thinking.
- Learn how to create a process of collaboration and positive compromise with the design team, stakeholders, and project constituents—using VR.
David R. Beach is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University. Specializing in digital design technology, David is an advocate of full digital immersion as part of a traditional design process leveraging technology to inform process, collaboration, and decision making through analysis. David teaches in the architectural design studios, the Center for Community Studies working at the urban design scale, and both the introductory and advanced digital design technology courses. The application elements of David’s current research can be found at the blog The Architect’s Digital Design Guide, the Autodesk Design Academy, and his YouTube channel, which combined have over one million views, and are outlets for work and information directly related to questions received from students and practitioners. David has given 4 presentations at AU, and has completed over 22 major conference presentations in the last 9 years.