Five College Assistant Professor of Sustainable Architecture
Naomi Darling, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is a principal at Naomi Darling Architecture, a full-service architectural practice based in Amherst, MA and New Haven, CT. The firm aims to produce socially responsible and environmentally conscious projects at all scales in terms of size, time, and permanence with a special consideration of site and place. Current projects include a park in Old Saybrook, CT, a farmhouse expansion and renovation in Simsbury CT, and a Memorial Hall and Community Center in honor of Inazo Nitobe, in Sapporo, Japan.
Darling was one of 20 participants showcased in EP:2011, the second annual exhibition of work, art, and designs of emerging architects across North America sponsored by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Center for Emerging Professionals. Her project, Kernan Tea House, was awarded an AIA New England Regional Award in 2013. Prior to founding her practice, Darling worked at Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, Studio ABK, and Kengo Kuma and Associates.
Darling’s early experiences working as a researcher studying climate change in Antarctica and as a scientist aboard the SSV Westward were formative experiences that have helped shape her teaching and practice today.
This is the first studio for those students interested in the design fields: architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and product design. These fields all share a studio based approach to problem solving that is at once spatial, material, conceptual and social. Over the course of the semester, students will be given a series of projects that will introduce visual communication tools such as plans, elevations, and sections, projected drawings and model making. Emphasis will be placed upon developing a conceptual approach to a problem and developing a design process that may lead to unexpected outcomes. The specific projects will address issues of the body, light, comfort and materials. All projects will be presented in a studio critique format with drawings and models conveying the intent of the design project.
Green Cities refers to nature within the urban environment - the integration of designed natural environments, the preservation and interpretation of nature, and the celebration of nature in public art. Surrounding green spaces within our cities is an infrastructure of community support, outreach, and political action that are necessary for their survival. "Green" also refers to the sustainable processes of cities in our evolving built environments. It is important for the language of this course that we look at Green Cities through the lens of the creators: architects, landscape architects, planners, artists and performers. Critical analysis is a first step to understanding, assessing and developing creative solutions. The seminar is structured through international case studies, both historical and contemporary. Each case study will be investigated through three primary ideas: 1. transformation and evolution of the space 2. Context - physical, ecological, social and political and 3. Design approach, strategy and process.