UTSA architecture lecture series hosts environmental architect William Braham

William Braham

William Braham

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(Sept. 30, 2013) -- The UTSA College of Architecture (COA) and the American Institute of Architects San Antonio (AIA San Antonio) will present architect William Braham, FAIA, speaking on "Environmental Building Design: Thermodynamic Principles" at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (1.328) on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

The lecture is the first in the COA Fall Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public.

Braham is an award-winning expert on ecology, technology and design with more than 30 years of experience. In his lecture, he will examine the concept of environmental building design through some of the most ambitious building designs in recent history.

"We are very pleased to have Professor Braham kicking off our revitalized speaker series with AIA San Antonio this year," said John D. Murphy, dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "Braham's expertise is a great blend with many professors' work here at UTSA. He is a great example of the professionally pertinent architectural research within today's academic expectations."

Braham will speak about the various metrics by which building designs are evaluated for environmental efficiency. He will look at the thermodynamic principles developed within these designs and compare the many resources and work required to build and operate environmentally efficient buildings.

"AIA San Antonio is excited to renew its partnership with UTSA's College of Architecture for thought-provoking presentations by experts in the field," said Torrey Stanley Carleton, Hon. AIA, executive director of AIA San Antonio. "Dr. Braham's lecture is sure to be a fascinating look into the world of embodied energy and environmental building design."

Since 1988, Braham has been on the architectural faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently serves as director of the University of Pennsylvania master of environmental building design program and is on the executive committee of the interdisciplinary program in integrated product design. He also works as a consultant at the university's T.C. Chan Center for Building Performance Simulation and Energy Studies.

Braham is a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the International Association of Lighting Designers and the Society of Building Educators. In 2006, he was named a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Braham is a published author/editor of three books, 12 book chapters and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Most recently, he co-edited "Architecture and Energy: Questions about Performance and Style," released earlier this year.

Braham received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Princeton University and Master of Architecture and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Upcoming lectures

Oct. 30 -- Daniel D'Oca of Interboro Partners, New York City
Nov. 6 -- Joe O'Connell and Blessing Hancock, Tucson, Ariz.
Nov. 20 -- World Monuments Fund, Washington, D.C.

For more information about the UTSA College of Architecture Fall Lecture Series, contact Nicole Chavez at 210-458-3121.