Trippe Hall, a proposed residence hall project at Penn State Behrend, was chosen as a case study project for Architecture and Architectural Engineering (AE) students in fall 2014. Prof. Belcher, along with instructors Charlie Cox and Ross Weinreb, led the ARCH 441 students to produce design proposals for the Trippe Hall project. Prof. Iulo’s ARCH 412 class worked in a series of integrative design charrettes to develop presentations of sustainable strategies relevant to Trippe Hall and other Penn State housing solutions. In addition, the students of ARCH 412 acted as consultants on LEED and sustainable practices to the design projects of the ARCH 441 students. The aim of this curricular exercise was to promote interdisciplinary opportunities and to further research in sustainable approaches to multiple-dwelling unit design that in turn will inform Housing Services at Penn State.
The paper titled “Out of Site: A Pedagogical Perspective of Emerging Transitions in Architectural Practice” drew conclusions from the student work done in the previous two studios and the lessons learned were put to a test in the Collaborative Studio in the spring of 2016.