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SOA Students win Undergraduate Provost Research Awards

                  A Htet Htet Aung                                          Mario Accordino

The School of Architecture congratulates A Htet Htet Aung (BS ARCH Class of 2015) and Mario Accordino (BLA Landscape Architecture Class of 2015) on receiving Undergraduate Provost Research Awards. The awards, which require a faculty sponsor, support a research project proposed by the student. Support can be for supplies, research materials, travel, and conference attendance.

A Htet Htet Aung was awarded the J.A. Coolidge Achievement Award. Her project will focus on home energy use in Massachusetts. Working with Assistant Professor David Fannon, she plans to analyze thermal performance vs. cost for retrofitting the exterior walls of existing residential buildings.

A Htet Htet's proposal poster

A Htet Htet’s proposal poster

The purpose of this project is to develop an environmentally sustainable solution to retrofit the thermal envelope of urban housing while accounting for cost and constructability. A Htet Htet plans to develop a prototype that has a high ratio of sustainable performance to cost for exterior walls that are not only cost effective but also easily accessible in terms of design.

Mario Accordino’s research project, sponsored by Professor Jane Amidon, focuses on the Ecological Infrastructure in Urban China.  Mario plans to travel to China this summer to examine three case studies in Beijing, Shanghai and Tangshan. China has produced some of the most innovative solutions for their severe pollution problems, utilizing green and blue infrastructure in large urban areas.  Mario plans to highlight the techniques employed in these locations, and have them serve as models for how America will combat similar environmental challenges through innovative green space design.

Mario's proposal poster

Mario’s proposal poster

On-site research will include written and photographic analysis of issues ranging from plant health to park circulation. He will meet with each project’s design firm to discuss the challenges, processes and successes or failures of the case study in addition to the site’s history and projected future. Mario plans to compile his research and have it serve as the basis for a submission to the Landscape Foundation’s Case Study Investigation program.

The School of Architecture considers research to be en essential part of any design process and we are very excited our students are pursuing in-depth, independent projects that support this philosophy.