2018 January

Senyai project wins the 2017 LIT Design Awards in the Hotel and Restaurant Design category. LIT Design Awards was created with the belief that lighting is an art and a science, and it is one of the most important elements of design.

2017 December

Aisha Han writes about Senyai in The Tartan, Carnegie Mellon’s student newspaper.

2017 November

Senyai project wins The American Architecture Prize, read more in the CMU news article.

MASS REGIMES: Modulating Thermal Mass Through Surface Figuration

| Pittsburgh, PA | 2015- 2017 |

| Design Research | Supported by Pennsylvania Infrastructure Grant (PITA) 2015, CMU Manufacturing Futures Initiative 2017, CFA Fund for Research and Creativity 2017 |

This design-research builds upon a previous body of work focused on the relationship between surface geometry and heat transfer coefficients in thermal mass passive systems. It argues for the design of passive systems with higher fidelity to multivariable space between performance and perception. Rooted in the combination of form and matter, the intention is to instrumentalize design principles for the choreography of thermal gradients between buildings and their environment from experiential, spatial and topological perspectives. This work is built upon the premise that complex geometries can be used to improve both the aesthetic and thermodynamic performance of passive building systems by actuating thermal performance through geometric parameters primarily due to convection. Using a combination of computational fluid dynamic simulations with physically measured data, we investigate the relationship of heat transfer coefficients related to parameters of surface geometry.


| PI & DESIGN PRINCIPAL: Dana Cupkova | RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Promoppatum, Patcharapit | RESEARCH COLLABORATOR: S.C. Yao | INDUSTRIAL PARTNER: TAKTL, LLC; | RESEARCH AND PHYSICAL EXPERIMENT TEAM: Patcharapit Promoppatum, Shannon Iacino, Prerna Damani | DESIGN AND FABRICATION TEAM: Yeliz Karadayi, Sinan Goral, Thomas Sterling, Colleen Clifford, Trent Wimbiscus, Noreen Saeed |