School of Architecture College of Design

Undergraduate Research Symposium


Undergraduate Research Symposium

April 22, 2015



Julia W. Robinson

The work the students presented at the Undergraduate Research Symposium is the accumulated drawings and graphics for the book and exhibition entitled Dutch Complex Housing. For about five years UROP and other students have been assisting with the work. The Netherlands is world renowned for its innovative approach to dense housing. The investigation explores a particular form of housing, called complex housing, to understand the design principles that Dutch architects and urban designers employ in its design. The project employs a typological approach that requires the descriptive and analytical drawings of the projects that the students have been working on. The nine examples that form the basis for the research are built between 1997 and 2010 with densities ranging from 70 units per hectare (24 units per acre) to 428 units per hectare (144 units per acre). 


The students have contributed to the project in a variety of ways including drawing floor plans, locational diagrams, diagrams of unit types, space syntax diagrams. This coming year I am hoping students will be interested to draw floor plans, site comparison diagrams, diagrams of project organization or work on the mathematical aspect of space syntax analysis. The exhibition is planned for the Goldstein Museum of Design HGA Gallery in Fall of 2016 - The posters are currently displayed on the wall opposite Professor Robinson's office (258-D) in the second floor office corridor.


Hayden Rensch, Jinguang Xie, Eddie Palka and Brittany Klingler


UROP: Spring 2015


Edward Palka, BS Candidate

Mentor: Mary Guzowski, Professor, School of Architecture


"Light:Place:Health" is a research case study which analyzed the Maggies' Centre Gartnavel, a cancer support center design by Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon of OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture). The research focused on aspects of design which could be connected to human well-being and health. The center provides "non-medical" support for cancer patients, friends, and family members, including psychological, emotional, and spiritual support. The research project assessed how qualitative and quantitative daylighting design strategies are used in the project to create a healing, calming, and supporting environment. The research found that the use of natural light, spatial configuration, material and glazing choice, and a strategically designed envelope can not only act as a key orientation strategy in moving visitors through the center, but also improve the lighting quality while create a place of reflection and healing through connection to nature, view, and integration with the landscape. 


Eddie Palka


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