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‘Places & Spaces’ Capstone Seminar to Focus on the Future of Data Visualization at UM

Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 11, three members of the UM faculty who are leaders in their respective fields—Alberto Cairo, assistant professor of the professional practice in the School of Communication; Ju Hong Park, assistant professor in the School of Architecture; and Victor Milenkovic, professor of computer science in the College of Arts and Sciences—will discuss the importance of continued work in the field of big data visualization and its place at UM at the School of Architecture’s Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall.

Sawsan Khuri, director of engagement for the Center for Computational Science, also will speak, discussing further interdisciplinary efforts in data visualization at UM. A reception will follow the discussion, and the event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

This is the capstone event for the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit, which is on display at the University of Miami through December 11. To learn more about the project, visit the website at visualization.miami.edu.


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U.S. Building Technology Manager Presents ‘Building Energy Modeling: A Multi-Purpose Tool for Building Energy Efficiency’ December 5

SEEDS , Green U, the College of Engineering, and the School of Architecture invite the University community to hear Amir Roth, technology manager for building energy modeling at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office discuss “Building Energy Modeling: A Multi-Purpose Tool for Building Energy Efficiency” at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, December 5 in the School of Architecture’s Glasgow Hall Auditorium.

Building Energy Modeling (BEM)—physics-based simulation of a building’s energy consumption given a description of its physical assets, operations, and local weather—is a powerful multi-purpose tool for reducing building energy consumption. Because buildings are prohibitively expensive to prototype physically, BEM is used as a form of virtual prototyping to optimize design. And because it is impractical to physically isolate a building from its occupants, BEM is used to assess occupant-independent building performance for end uses like compliance with energy codes and green certification. While these “offline” uses of BEM are well established, BEM also has promising “online” uses. BEM can be used to continuously commission a building’s systems and to maintain their health. Given live-weather forecasts, BEM also can be used to dynamically optimize building operation in real time. This talk will describe some of these cases as well as DOE’s efforts to support them.

Amir Roth is the technology manager for building energy modeling at DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) in Washington, D.C. He manages a small portfolio of projects that focus on EnergyPlus and OpenStudio, and includes supporting activities on testing and validation, model calibration, research on advanced simulation techniques, and support for the modeling community. Before going to DOE in 2010, he was first an assistant and then an associate professor of computer science at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He holds a bachelor’s in physics from Yale University and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a member of ASHRAE, IBPSA, ACM, and IEEE.

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Data Visualizations ‘Worth Millions of Words’ Debuts at UM

Places & Spaces, a traveling exhibition of 100 maps that present data in visually stunning formats, opens at UM.

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News 

Fifty data visualizations are now on display at the School of Architecture's Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall, where UM students, faculty, staff, and visitors got the opportunity to examine some of the works at the Places & Spaces exhibition opening.

Fifty data visualizations are now on display at the School of Architecture’s Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall, where UM students, faculty, staff, and visitors got the opportunity to examine some of the works at the Places & Spaces exhibition opening.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 5, 2014) – From a visual guide that shows how your federal tax dollars are spent, to an interactive chart capable of simulating a naked-eye view of the sky from anywhere on Earth, Places & Spaces: Mapping Science debuted on the University of Miami campus Thursday evening, showcasing 100 maps that present data in visually stunning formats. Read the full story

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‘Thomas A. Spain—A Retrospective’ Now on Display

Thirty-seven artistic works by Professor Thomas A. Spain, whose enormous talent and unwavering devotion to teaching design and drawing have indelibly impacted two generations of students, are on exhibit at the School of Architecture’s Irvin Korach Gallery through Friday, September 12, when a closing celebration of ‘Thomas A. Spain—A Retrospective’ and lecture by Professor Jorge L.  Hernandez will begin at 6 p.m. in Glasgow Hall. A reception with the artist will follow the lecture.

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Faculty and Staff Support the U: Professor Ensures Architecture Students Have the Chance to Explore Italy’s Treasures

Thomas Spain

Thomas Spain

Professor Thomas Spain, M.A. ’70, who joined the School of Architecture in 1966, still remembers taking his—and the school’s—first study trip to Rome in 1999. “For me, it was just an overwhelming experience,” he says. “I had never been to Europe before, and I was like a kid in a candy store.” Since that trip, Spain has returned to Rome many times as a drawing instructor for students in UM’s Rome Program, contributing his artistic talent, teaching skills, and financial support.

Now a member of the school’s senior faculty, Spain is a key donor for the annual School of Architecture Golf Tournament at the Biltmore Golf Course to benefit the Tom Spain Rome Program Endowment, which was established in his honor, and scholarships for the Rome Program. The program has grown through the years and now includes visits to Venice and Florence, Italy.

With his wife, Dona, B.Arch. ’91, M.Arch. ’92, historical resources director for the City of Coral Gables, Spain has helped raise $210,000 for the scholarships, including his and his wife’s personal donations, in the past five years. “The Rome trip is such a terrific experience for our students that I wanted to make sure it continued,” Spain says.

A Virginia native who has enjoyed drawing all his life, Spain came to UM as an instructor 48 years ago. After serving in the military, he earned his master’s degree in painting and became a professor in the School of Architecture, where he has influenced multiple generations of students.

A master visual interpreter of architectural structures and places, Spain was invited to exhibit a collection of his drawings at the Coral Gables Museum in May 2013. The show, Thomas A. Spain: A Retrospective (1980-2012), featured more than 60 drawings in pencil, ink, watercolor, and chalk and included several lectures and drawing workshops for adults and teens. Some of those drawings are now on display at another retrospective of his work at the School of Architecture’s Irvin Korach Gallery.

Recalling his experiences sketching and drawing with students on the streets of Rome, Spain says, “Seeing the architectural treasures of Italy can be a life-changing experience. Through our endowment program, we provide that unique learning opportunity to students who otherwise couldn’t afford to travel. It’s very satisfying to give back to our University.”

Read about other faculty and staff who support the U.


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