Georgia Tech

Within the Georgia Tech School of Architecture, there is a focus on the relationship between research, teaching and practice. The school actively seeks out opportunities for each of these domains to influence the others. Whilte the design faculty is diverse, they have an emphasis on transofmring the relationship between conceptual design and real world construction via advanced technologies and material systems. Their mission is to provide students with the ability to mediate the design space between complexity and constraints in order to produce exciting buildings that can be built with an economy of means and positive societal impacts. In order to achieve this, they focus on computational tools and machines in their teachning and research such that mature material systems, such as precast concrete, can continue to evolve, thus advancing their broader mission of excellence and stewardship in the AEC industry. 

The goal of the Georgia Tech program is to bring in key organizations within the concrete industry together to collaboratively support an R & D precast concrete teaching lab at Georgia Tech to advance knowledge and practice in precast concrete design and construction. 
Courses that are part of the program include: 
Arch 6011 - Parametric Precast Architectural Design Studio - 
The program will runfor two consectutive semesters each year starting in the fall of 2017. The first semester (fall) will be a jointly tuaght architectural studio in the third year of the graduate program, with additional student participation from the masters of science program in digital design and fabrication, which is a  one year post-professional program. Topics explored with include: Adaptable precast parking systems, total precast systems, novel forming methods, parametric patterning, modular variability, precast for extreme climates, mass-customization, and integrated systems/unitized precast. 
ARCH 8803 - Parametric Precast Concrete Workshop
The spring workshop will be structured as a technical development, engineering and prototyping workshop that advanbces and develops the best design from the fall studio. The spring semester workshop will be a collaboration with the Civil Engineering Capstone course where the engineering students partner directly with the architecture students to produce a full set of design calculations and designs.  The end result of each year will be a collection of concrete design proposals and one full-scale prototype of the most promising fdesign from the fall to be fabricated by Gate Precast Company.