Design Week Portland: PSU School of Architecture's Research-based Design Initiative
Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 7:00pm
Design Week Portland: PSU School of Architecture's Research-based Design Initiative

1914 SW Park Avenue
Room 201
Portland, OR 97201

The Building Science Lab to Advance Teaching (BUILT) is a building science research lab located in Portland State University's School of Architecture. The lab is equipped with computers, sensors, design-simulation software, and fabrication tools for the research and analysis of existing building performance and the testing of proposed designs.

BUILT was created to address the pressing need for future architecture and engineering professionals to have a robust education in the STEM discipline of building science so that research can inform design. Understanding how buildings use energy and other resources is critical to the design and engineering of green buildings.

The lab also encourages the more-rapid integration of building science strategies, materials, and systems by conducting student-led simulations or post-occupancy analysis of existing buildings and applying this research to projects currently under design through collaboration with professional practitioners. Students taking engineering and architecture classes in environmental design, building technology, and even architectural history will have an opportunity to use the equipment in the lab for assigned research projects related to monitoring how buildings work, including lighting levels, thermal comfort, and energy use. The BUILT Lab has partnered with multiple local firms in Portland to conduct impactful building science research. Local firms include SRG, Bora, Hacker, ZGF, Opsis, Bassetti, Salazar, and YGH.