Following is a list of all courses / workshops etc. I am currently teaching or have taught in the past.
Continuing / Professional Education Courses at UMass Amherst
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Current UMass Amherst Courses
I currently teach several courses in the Building and Construction Technology (BCT) program at UMass Amherst as well as the Department of Architecture. In addition to our own students, those are also attended by students from many other disciplines.
Construction Materials and Methods (BCT 204)
2004 to Present | Spring Term | More Information
This course provides an introductory overview of the various materials used in construction (except wood, which is covered in BCT 304). After receiving an introduction into fundamental principles of structural, physical and long-term performance, students learn about material and product manufacturing techniques and how they relate to mechanical and non-mechanical properties of the various materials. Common construction methods are introduced and building details are explored.
Students have the opportunity to experience material capacity and behavior as well as construction methods in demonstrations and lab experiments. Furthermore, material applications and detailing in structural and non-structural building components are explored. Resulting from this course, students will gain a comparative knowledge of material properties and possible applications in construction and architecture.
Properties of Wood (BCT 304)
2007 to Present | Fall Term | More Information
Wood is an amazing building material: It is beautiful and warm to the touch. It is easy to machine and abundantly available. It is light, yet strong and stiff. And best of all: It comes from a renewable source. To build with wood, however, requires understanding its peculiarities: the variability of its properties, its interaction with water and the possibility of bio-deterioration.
This course introduces students to the physical and mechanical properties of wood. It provides an overview of wood-based products and exposes students to structural systems in wood. Basic techniques for physical measurement and mechanical testing are introduced by conducting and analyzing several laboratory experiments.
Designing with 3D CAD & BIM (BCT 420)
2007 to Present | Spring & Summer Terms | More Information
Building upon skills acquired in “Introduction to CAD & BIM for Construction and Architecture”, this course presents advanced topics in architectural CAD & BIM software and its uses in design and construction.
Centered on problem-based tasks, topics such as 3-dimensional modeling, design for fabrication, parametric building design, building information modeling (BIM), material takeoff, energy-efficient planning and model analysis, rendering and presentation, and others will be explored.
Industry-standard CAD/BIM software such as Trimble SketchUp, Trimble Connect, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk Navisworks, and Autodesk AutoCAD will be used to accomplish this.
Jobs and Professional Life in BCT (BCT 492A)
2018 to Present | Spring Term | More Information
BCT students approaching graduation learn to prepare for their professional life by editing their resumes, writing cover letters, developing relevant interviewing skills and starting to network effectively with industry leaders. Each week a different business professional meets with students in this class to discuss careers in the industry. Many speakers are also potential employers who are accepting resumes and may conduct interviews.
Tectonics 3 (ARCH 653)
2008 to Present | Fall Term | More Information
This course explores the interrelations between building functions, loads, structural system, materials and construction methods. Topics addressed are structural building layout, design, structural detailing, and documentation of predominantly large-scale buildings and other structures made of steel, concrete, engineered wood and masonry.
Students will be exposed to a wide range of topics centered around structural systems and will be encouraged to develop an integrated approach to planning that considers efficient and appropriate structural solutions. Concept-based design projects and assignments will provide an opportunity to practice this approach.
Emphasis is placed in this course on development of efficient structural form, conceptual and preliminary structural design (using software and approximate calculation methods), integrated design and structural detailing.
Studies in Building Information Modeling (ECO 620)
2010 to Present | Spring term | More Information
This course provides graduate students with an opportunity to deepen their studies in Building Information Modeling (BIM). In addition to learning about concepts from BCT 420 (enhanced 3D modeling skills and an introduction into Autodesk Revit and SketchUp), students in ECO 620 must independently research various BIM-related topics, present and use them. Students are required to complete an in-depth term project in which they explore advanced BIM topics like building energy modeling, estimating and scheduling, parametric modeling and the like.
Past or Occasional Courses at UMass Amherst
- Adventures in 3D Printing
HONORS 391A | 2014 to 2016
- B3 – Bio-Based Building Lab
BCT 597F | co-taught with Peggi Clouston
- Introduction to CAD & BIM in Construction and Architecture
BCT 320 (formerly 220) | 2002 to 2008
- Design and Construction of a Timber Bridge
BCT 397B | 2005 | co-taught with Peggi Clouston
- Mechanics of Wood and Wood Composites
BCT 597A | 2005
Workshops or Guest Lectures
- 3D modeling and 3D printing
- Web content-management systems
- Wood products in design