DBL Core Faculty
Dennis Shelden, Director
Areas of expertise: Project systems, parametric modeling, geometry and constructability, digital infrastructure
Dennis Shelden is the director the Digital Building Lab. He is also an associate professor and director of the Ph.D. program in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. An expert in the application of digital technology to building design, construction, and operations, his experience spans across research, technology development, and professional practice, including multiple architecture, building, engineering, and computing disciplines. For 20 years he worked with the architect Frank Gehry, leading technology-driven design innovation as Director of R&D and Director of Computing. In 2002 he co-founded Gehry Technologies and served as its Chief Technology Officer. Before joining Georgia Tech, he was an associate professor of practice in MIT’s Design and Computation program. He holds three degrees from MIT including an MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering and a Ph.D. in Design & Computation, and is a licensed Architect in the State of California.
Chuck Eastman, Founder and Professor Emeritus
Areas of expertise: Parametric modeling, interoperability, workflow enhancement
Chuck Eastman is the founder and former director of the Digital Building Lab. His teaching and research is in the areas of building information modeling, solids and parametric modeling, engineering databases and product models, and interoperability. He also is an active researcher in design cognition and cognitive science. He has a B.Arch and M.Arch from the University of California, Berkeley, and has been at Georgia Tech since 1996.
Areas of expertise: Shape grammars, design theory, architectural design, rule-based modeling, parametric modeling
Thanos Economou is a professor in the School of Architecture. His teaching and research is in the areas of shape grammars, computational design, computer-aided design, and design theory, with more than 40 published papers in these areas. He is the director of the Shape Computation Lab at Georgia Tech and the director of the Art and Architecture in Greece and Italy Study Abroad Program at Georgia Tech. Design projects from his studios at Georgia Tech have received prestigious awards in international and national architectural competitions. He holds a Diploma in Architecture from NTUA, Athens, Greece, an M.Arch from USC, and a Ph.D. in Architecture from UCLA.
Areas of expertise: Structures, fabrication, and green building
Russell Gentry is an associate professor of architecture with a courtesy appointment in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He teaches courses in building structures and materials, fabrication technologies, and design and construction process. His research generally falls into three broad themes: developing and assessing new load bearing materials and systems; embedding structural and fabrication logic into CAD and simulation tools; and quantifying embodied and ongoing energy impacts of buildings and use of these metrics in the design process. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Areas of expertise: Design research, advanced production
Keith Kaseman is a designer, advanced production strategist and architectural educator. As Partner of KBAS, a spatial design practice launched in 2002 with Julie Beckman upon having their competition entry selected for the Pentagon Memorial (2002-2008), Keith continues to lead the digitally agile office through a diverse array of work, consistently achieving high levels of material and geometric precision across multiple scopes and scales of deployment. Among other awards, KBAS received a 2006 Young Architect Award from the Architecture League, NY and the 2012 National Award for Service from the American Institute for Architects. Keith joined the Faculty at Georgia Tech in 2016, where he teaches Design + Research studios plus digital production/fabrication workshop-based seminars.
Areas of expertise: Construction economics and assessment
Baabak Ashuri is an associate professor in the School of Building Construction and the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering. His work focuses on economic decision analysis of resilient and sustainable infrastructure systems. This field is multidisciplinary and lies at the confluence of construction engineering and project management, infrastructure asset management, and quantitative and computational finance. His work has significant implications for improving long-range planning and integrated decision-making processes for buildings and civil infrastructure assets, advancing economic/financial valuation methods for investments in major capital projects while preserving environmental and social conditions to foster resilient and sustainable development.
Areas of expertise: Sustainability and energy studies, energy assessment, and simulation methods
Godfried Augenbroe is a professor and IBPSA Fellow in the School of Architecture. He has a 35-year track record of teaching and research of modeling and simulation of buildings at various scales. He is internationally recognized in promoting professional use of building simulation and has served on the board of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). He teaches graduate courses and conducts research in the fields of building performance concepts, computational building simulation, indoor air quality, intelligent building systems, uncertainty and risk, system monitoring and diagnostics. He serves on the scientific board of five international journals and has published more than 200 refereed papers and three books.
Areas of expertise: Digital design and fabrication, innovative architectural forms
Daniel Baerlecken is an assistant professor of architecture in the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. His research and teaching is focused on digital design and design methodologies, which relate to the evolution of new paradigms in architectural design and practice through technology, fabrication, and performative aspects. His award-winning work has been published in more than 30 papers, including the International Journal of Architectural Computing, and exhibited at the Architectural Biennale in Venice.
Area of expertise: Energy systems in buildings
Daniel Castro-Lacouture is professor and chair in the School of Building Construction at Georgia Tech. His current research centers on defining and implementing performance evaluation protocols for technology innovation in the built environment, such as sustainable construction materials and alternative sources of energy. He is a member of the International Green Builder Certification Board and the ACE Mentor Program of Atlanta Governing Board, a Registered Professional Engineer, Associate Editor of Automation in Construction, and was Chair of the 2014 ASCE Construction Research Congress.
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Yong Kwon Cho
Areas of expertise: Remote sensing and tracking
Yong Kwon Cho is an associate professor and group coordinator in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering. A 2011 recipient of the NSF Early Career Award, his research interests include building energy and construction automation. He is leading the development of a new paradigm in these research areas by challenging the current understanding of science/engineering technologies in construction and sustainable built environments.
Areas of expertise: Mobile computing in construction, IT in AEC education, construction safety, and human factors
Javier Irizarry is an associate professor in the School of Building Construction and director of the CONECTech Lab. The Lab’s mission is to establish a framework for developing the next generation technology of enhanced solutions to construction problems by incorporating the cognitive processes of the human component of construction operations.
Areas of expertise: Materials science, esp. concrete
Dr. Kimberly (Kim) E. Kurtis is a professor in the School of Civil and Environmental and Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Scholarship in the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech. Her innovative research on the multi-scale structure and performance of cement-based materials has resulted in more than 100 technical publications and two US patents.
Areas of expertise: Digital workflows, integrated practice
Scott Marble is the Professor and William H. Harrison Chair of the School of Architecture at Georgia Tech. He was previously Associate Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation where he was Director of Fabrication Research from 2004-2008 and Director of Integrated Design from 2009-2015. Marble is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks Architects in New York. He is a frequent lecturer in the area of digital technologies and industry and recently completed the book Digital Workflows in Architecture: Design, Assembly, Industry published by Birkhauser.
Areas of expertise: BIM and IPD, risk management
Pardis Pishdad-Bozorgi is an assistant professor in the School of Building Construction, College of Design at Georgia Tech. She specializes in the evolving project delivery contracting strategies such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) approach, Flash Tracking, and trust-building in construction contracting. Her research interests also include building information modeling and lean construction. Following the Harvard Business School model, Pishdad-Bozorgi aspires to adapt case study methodology into the construction management education as it is proven to be effective both in teaching and exploratory qualitative research.
Areas of expertise: Sustainability, dispute resolution, PPP
Xinyi Song is an assistant professor in the School of Building Construction. Her research interests include GHG emission management; sustainable design and construction; integrated project delivery methods; construction dispute resolution; decision-making support system in construction risk management. She focuses on the application of financial tools and innovative construction technology in improving the environmental performance of construction projects.
Areas of expertise: Collaborative visual environments, measurable aesthetics
Matthew Swarts is a member of the research faculty in Georgia Tech’s College of Design. His work focuses on the translation of human behavioral patterns and perceptions within real and virtual environments into computer models and simulations to better understand design decisions. He often develops custom hardware sensors, interactive systems, and software applications for capturing occupant behavior, testing human spatial perception in 3D virtual environments, running discrete-event and agent-based modeling and simulation, and performing spatial analysis in the intersections between building information modeling and geographic information systems.