Design

Research

research statement

My research is grounded in practice and my formative study of the complex human endeavor of design, beginning in my graduate work on composition theory. This initial research focused on those treatises and texts that explored and ultimately shaped our earliest and, for many, our most enduring, conceptions of composition in representational art and architecture. Following the logic of these works, the composition of a building – or its “design” – is achievable by a method or process that is observable, identifiable, and able to be described, codified, and followed by others. That is, there are fundamental considerations and systematic approaches, including explicit and tacit knowledge, objective and subjective understanding, and the use of observation and heuristics, for satisfying the numerous concerns related to solving any building design problem. To paraphrase Aquinas in the context of contemporary building design: if it has been determined that there is right reason for a building to be made, can we also determine, via empirical and/or other methods, a “right” way (efficiently, durably, and sustainably) of making it?

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Activity / Publication List

Book Chapters & Edited Volumes

    2015
  • Buccellato, Aimee P. C. 2015. “The Responsibility of Technology versus the Technology of Responsibility.” In Durability in Construction: Traditions and Sustainability in the 21st Century, edited by Richard Economakis. Papadakis Press.
    View Book Chapter pdf
  • Randy Deutsch. 2015. “Chapter 3: Learning from Data, Case Study Interview with Aimee Buccellato and Appendix: Experts, Innovators, and Thought Leaders.” In Data Driven Design and Construction: 25 Strategies for Capturing, Analyzing, and Applying Building Data. John Wiley and Sons.
    View Book Chapter pdf
  • 2012
  • Brenner, Paul R, Douglas Thain, Aimee P. C. Buccellato, and David B. Go. 2012. “Environmentally Opportunistic Computing: Toward Sustainable Enterprise and HPC Data Centers.” In Handbook of Energy-Aware and Green Computing, edited by I. Ahmad and S. Ranka. Chapman and Hall.
    View Book Chapter pdf

Refereed – Articles and Papers

    2016
  • Buccellato, Aimee P.C., Charles Vardeman II, and Holly Ferguson. June 15-18. “Design and Praxis in the Post-Digital Era.” Proceedings of the 10th Joint International Conference of the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). Lisbon, Portugal: Taylor & Francis. (in press)
    View Article pdf
  • Buccellato, Aimee P. C. and Marc Gazda. July 10-13. “Case Studies to Understand the Impact of Local Materials on Embodied Energy.” Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) Conference, 1154-1160. Los Angeles, California.
    View Article pdf
  • Buccelllato, Aimee P. C., Charles Vardeman II, and Holly Ferguson. May 17. “The Future of Design and Practice in the Post-Digital Era.” Proceedings of Intersections between the Academy and Practice: Innovative Technologies In Design and Delivery. The 2016 ACSA / AIA Intersections Symposium at the 2016 Annual Convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (in press)
    View Article pdf
  • Other Products / Synergistic Activities

      2016
    • Buccellato, Aimee P. C. with production team: Bill Donaruma, Sonia Howell, KC Frye, Mark Witte, and others, the Office of Digital Learning – Notre Dame.
      Interactive Digital Learning Modules on Sustainable Building – a Public Engagement & Teaching Outreach Project:
      “The Relationship between the Built and Natural Environment”
      “What Makes a Building Sustainable?”
      “A Model for Sustainability”
      “Measuring the Impact of Buildings on the Built Environment”
      View Videos
    • 2015
    • Buccellato, Aimee P. C., Charles Vardeman II, Samuel Paolucci, Holly Ferguson@, and Na Yu@. “The GreenScale Digital Design and Analysis Tool.” Deployable Beta-phase prototype tool.: ND Center for Research Computing (CRC).
    • 2012
    • Provisional Patent/ Invention Disclosure #12-033
      Green Scale: A Design and Analysis Tool for Sustainable Buildings.
      Primary Inventor: Aimee P. C Buccellato; Co-inventor: C. Vardeman.
      Filed: February 7, 2012; March 16, 2013
      Office of Technology Transfer, University of Notre Dame (T. Joyce)

    Conferences, Workshops, Symposia & Exhibitions

      2013
    • Principal Investigator and Workshop Lead
      Center for Sustainability Data Research (CSDR) initiative
      Workshop 1: Sustainability Data Community Forum
      Workshop info pdf | Proceedings pdf
      Workshop 2: Annual Fall Meeting of the Spatial Ontology Community of Practice November 10-11, National Science Foundation (NSF), Arlington, Virginia
    • Symposium Chair
      Beyond the Drafting Board: Celebrating 40 Years of Notre Dame Women in Architecture
      The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, April 5-6.
      View poster pdf

Featured Grants and Sponsored Projects

    2015
  • A Green Resilience Framework to Support the Design of Sustainable Buildings under Multiple Hazards
    National Science Foundation
    Program: Structures Architecture and Engineering
    PI: T. Kijewski-Correa (CEEES) 25%; Co-PI: A. Buccellato (ARCH) 25%, A. Taflanidis (CEEES) 25%, C. F. Vardeman, II (CSE) 25%
    Competitive
    Awarded: $398,883
    September 2015 – August 2018
    View Proposal pdf
  • 2014
  • Interactive Digital Learning Modules on Sustainable Building
    Implementation Grant – Notre Dame Office of Digital Learning
    PI’s: A. Buccellato (ARCH with Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative/ ECI)
    Competitive
    Awarded
    PI effort: 50 hours; Production Team: 200 hours
    View Learning Modules video
  • Case Studies of the Environmental Performance of Concrete and Emerging Paving Materials
    Sponsored Research: Kuert Concrete Company and Xeri-Pave, Inc.
    Program: Structures Architecture and Engineering
    PI: A. Buccellato
    Competitive
    Awarded: $2,648
    May 2014 – March 2015
    View Proposal pdf | Kuert LCA White Paper pdf | Xeri-Pave/ Kuert LCA White Paper pdf
  • 2013
  • Center for Sustainable Data Research – Notre Dame
    Center for Sustainable Energy – Notre Dame (cSEND)
    Sustainable Energy Initiative, Round 6, Track 1
    Awarded: $29,800 (cost-share: School of Architecture & Dept. of Computer Science)
    Competitive
    PI: A. Buccellato (ARCH) 60%; Co-PI: Jarek Nabrzyski (CSE, CRC); D. Hachen (SOC); T. Kijewski-Correa (CEEES); N. Meyers (Libraries); C. Vardeman (CSE, CRC) 30%
    View Proposal pdf | Workshop info pdf | Proceedings pdf
  • Center for Sustainable Data Research – Notre Dame
    Institute for the Study of Liberal Arts (ISLA)
    Small Research Grant
    Awarded: $2,500 (included in cost-sharing above)
    PI: D. Hachen (SOC); Co-PI: A. Buccellato (ARCH), Jarek Nabrzyski (CSE, CRC), T. Kijewski-Correa (CEEES); N. Meyers (Libraries); C. Vardeman (CSE, CRC)
    View Proposal pdf
  • 2012
  • The GreenScale: A New Digital Design and Analysis Tool for Sustainable Building
    Office of Research Faculty Research Support Program: Regular Grant
    PI: A. Buccellato; Co-PI: S. Paolucci (AME); C. Vardeman II (CRC)
    Competitive
    Awarded: $98,523
    May 2012 - May 2015
    View Proposal pdf | Preview the GreenScale Tool pdf
  • 2011
  • The GreenScale: A New Digital Design and Analysis Tool for Sustainable Building
    The McCloskey Business Plan Competition
    Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship, Mendoza College of Business, Univ. of Notre Dame
    Multiple Award Submission – Advanced to Round 2
    Finalist – Fellow Irish Social Hub (NDFISH) Research & Design
    Competitive
    PI: A. Buccellato; Co-PI: C. Vardeman II (CRC); R. Duke; M. Parker (ND-ESTEEM 2012)
  • Quantifying Truly Sustainable Design: The Green Scale Research Project
    Faculty Research Support Program: Initiation Grant
    PI: A. Buccellato
    Competitive
    Awarded: $10,000
    January 2011 - January 2012
    View Proposal pdf | Final Research Report pdf
  • 2010
  • Linked Experimental Ecosystem Facility (ND-LEEF)
    Strategic Research Investment: Environmental Change Initiative at Notre Dame
    PI: J. Tank; Co-PI: D. Lodge (Bio); G. Lamberti (Bio); S. Jones (Bio); M. Lemmon (EE); A. Buccellato (Lead Project Designer – Facility)
    Awarded: $ 1,000,000
    View Proposal pdf
  • The Molino Project: Studio-based Research in Bernalillo, New Mexico
    Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement: Travel and Research Grant
    PI: A. Buccellato
    Awarded: $8,250

Submitted, not awarded

    2014
  • The Green Resilience Framework: Multi-Criteria Decision Support for the Design of Sustainable Buildings under Multiple Hazards
    National Science Foundation
    Program: Decision Frameworks for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings
    PI: T. Kijewski-Correa (CEEES); Co-PI: A. Kennedy (CEEES), A. Buccellato, J. Nabrzyski (CSE), A. Taflanidis (CEEES)
    Views Proposal pdf
  • SeSBE: Semantics-supported Sustainability in the Built Environment
    National Science Foundation
    Program: CyberSEES
    PI: J. Nabrzyski (CSE); Co-PI: C. Vardeman (CSE), A. Buccellato, T. Kijewski-Correa (CEEES)
  • Environmental Stewardship through Interdisciplinary Research and Design: A case study-based approach to the design of a sustainable research and teaching campus
    Environmental Change Initiative – Notre Dame
    2014 Call for Proposals
    PI: A. Buccellato and D. Go (AME)
    Views Proposal pdf
  • 2013
  • Integrated Design of Energy-Efficient Adaptive Living Structures
    National Science Foundation
    INSPIRE Program
    PI: Mihir Sen (AME); Co-PI: P. Antsaklis (AME); A. Buccellato (ARCH); S. Paolucci (AME); A. Thrall (CEEES)
    Views Proposal pdf
  • OntoGreen: A Novel Cyber-infrastructure to Support Sustainable Building Design
    National Science Foundation
    CyberSEES Program
    PI: Jarek Nabrzyski (CSE, CRC); Co-PI: A. Buccellato (ARCH); D. Hachen (SOC); T. Kijewski-Correa (CEEES)
    Views Proposal pdf
  • 2012
  • Harvesting Data Center Waste Heat for Other-purposed Buildings
    Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy – U. S. Department of Energy
    PI: D. Go (AME); Co-PI: A. Buccellato (ARCH); M. Lemmon (EE); P. Brenner (CRC)
  • The Green Cloud: A Novel Platform for Educating Students and the Community about Innovative Pathways to Energy Conservation
    American Honda Foundation
    PI: A. Buccellato; Co-PI: D. Go (AME); P. Brenner (CRC); Center for Sustainable Energy – ND (CSEND)
    ND limited submission
    View Proposal pdf
  • Harvesting Waste Heat from Computers for Sustainable Buildings
    National Science Foundation: CBET – Environmental Sustainability
    PI: D. Go (AME); Co-PI: A. Buccellato; P. Brenner (CRC)
    View Proposal pdf
  • Toward a Sustainable Ecosystem: Harvesting Waste Heat from Distributed Data Centers for Other-Purposed Buildings
    HP Labs Innovation in Research Program
    PI: D. Go (AME); Co-PI: A. Buccellato; P. Brenner (CRC)
    View Proposal pdf
  • 2011
  • The GreenScale Research Project at the University of Notre Dame: Developing and Deploying a New Digital Design and Analysis Tool for Sustainable Building
    The Graham Foundation for the Arts
    PI: A. Buccellato
    Views Proposal pdf
  • The University of Notre Dame – The Green Cloud Project
    Wells Fargo National Environmental Grant Program
    PI: D. Go (AME); Co-PI: A. Buccellato; P. Brenner (CRC)
    ND limited submission
    View Proposal pdf
  • GOALI – Sustainable Advances in Cyber-infrastructure via Environmentally Opportunistic Computing
    National Science Foundation: CBET – Environmental Sustainability
    PI: P. Brenner (CRC); Co-PI: D. Go (AME); A. Buccellato; Gary Gilot (City of South Bend)
    View Proposal pdf
  • 2009
  • Building-Integrated Information Technology: A Unified Engineering and Architectural Framework for Sustainable Design
    National Science Foundation: EFRI-SEED Research Projects
    PI: A. Buccellato
    PI: D. Go (AME); Co-PI: M. Lemmon (EE); P. Brenner (CRC); A. Buccellato
    Views Proposal pdf
  • Revitalizing a Near Northwest Neighborhood: Community Redevelopment in South Bend
    Ganey Collaborative Community-Based Research Grant Program
    PI: P. Bess; Co-PI: A. Buccellato; K. Ainsley (Near Northwest Neighborhood Assoc., S. Bend)
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Academy CURRENT

Tracy-Kijewski Correa

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences

Alexandros Taflanidis

Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Charles F. Vardeman

Center for Research Computing

Industry
  • Sefaira
  • Kuert Concrete
  • Xeri-Pave
Affiliated Orgs
Recent notables

Intersections Symposium
AIA Convention 2016

Implementation Grant — ODL
Learning Modules on Sustainable Design

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