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School of Architecture & Design News
May 23 2013

Architecture Students Present Projects at Morgan Library in NYC

NYIT students from the School of Architecture and Design are pictured with Jason Van Nest (far right), assistant professor of architecture, at the Morgan Library in New York City, where they presented final projects for a course on building information modeling analysis.

Six NYIT students taking a spring 2013 course on building information modeling (BIM) analysis showed their semester-long projects on May 22 at the Morgan Library in New York City. Patrick J. Milliman, the library's director of communications and marketing, invited the students to make the public presentation, "A Building Information Analysis of the Morgan Library," after reviewing their midterm presentations.

In addition to Milliman, library attendees included Deputy Director Brian Regan, co-author of The Making of the Morgan, the definitive architectural history book of his institution, and Director of Facilities Tom Shannon.

Participating students presented topics in teams of two, including:

  • Adham Ismail and Ming Lin: structural findings
  • Charlotte Berges and Samantha Marie Hijos: historical development of the library's campus
  • Pooya Amin Javaheri and Marilyn Encalada: solar studies of the original library.

Shannon observed that Ismail and Lin's structural analysis explaining why cracks were forming in the library facade was "exactly in line with our experience."

"It's amazing to see the depth they've achieved in one semester's study," added Regan.

About ARCH 291 - BIM Analysis
The course on building information modeling is an experimental elective taught at NYIT-Manhattan by Jason Van Nest, assistant professor of architecture. Students learn new collaborative workflows using BIM software and work on a single digital file during a 16-week period. The students' final projects drew from this common database of work, allowing them to far exceed what two or three students could produce independently in the same time span. Van Nest teaches BIM workflows to aid drafting in an ARCH 327 course on construction documents and for design tools in the ARCH 432 course, project integration studio.

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