New York Tech School of Architecture and Design Launches Major Initiatives in Emerging Technology and Digital Manufacturing | New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)
The New York Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Design has launched major new initiatives in computational technologies and digital manufacturing with a $ 2 million grant from the IDC Foundation. The initiatives include three main components: the opening of the digital fabrication and robotic material design laboratories of the IDC Foundation, the recruitment of a renowned international expert as an endowed chair in digital technologies of the IDC Foundation and the launch two new related master’s programs.
New York Tech President Henry C. “Hank” Foley, Ph.D., joined students, faculty and staff at the inauguration; Maria Perbellini, M.Arch., Dean of the School of Architecture and Design; Domenick Chieco (BSAT ’89), chairman of the executive committee of FRIENDS of the School of Architecture and Design; Raymond R. Savino, President of the IDC Foundation; and Frank Fortino (BSAT ’87), member of the board of directors of the IDC Foundation.
“It’s so important, when you have a dream and when you create transformative learning experiences, to have people with you who understand where you want to go and what you want to accomplish. We are so lucky to have these people at New York Tech and the IDC Foundation, ”noted Perbellini.
The digital fabrication and robotic material design laboratories of the IDC Foundation (Fab Lab) are equipped with vacuum forming tools, laser cutters, CNC (computer numerical control) machines and 3D printing equipment. at multiple scales and with a variety of materials, as well as simulation programs, augmented and virtual reality, building information modeling and robotic systems.
Cutting-edge technology will foster interdisciplinary innovation and facilitate entrepreneurial initiatives for students and faculty on the university’s campuses in Long Island and New York. Students at the New York campus can digitally share their work for reproduction with the team at the Fab Lab in Long Island, who then produce the final components of a physical model or assembled part that can then be delivered to them. Ancillary benefits of the Fab Lab include the ability to strengthen ties with industry, practitioners and artists by providing prototyping services while being able to accommodate new research and grant opportunities.
“The IDC Foundation is excited to be able to play a key role in the evolution of computer technologies and digital manufacturing at New York Tech,” said Savino. “We are excited about New York Tech’s growing leadership in this space and look forward to seeing what students and faculty create with these new resources. “
“We have developed strategies for the continuous integration of emerging technologies into curricula that impact the profession and amplify the spatial experience for stronger interaction with data and information for computational analysis and design, ”said Perbellini. “Our vision focuses on immersion in an agile learning environment with a variety of fluid degrees, cross-fertilization opportunities, and competency-based skills that will activate new career paths and unforeseen interests. CNC, 3D printing and robotics is available from day one and is part of every student’s education. This access will also change the way our professors conduct their research, opening up new possibilities for new achievements.
The IDC Foundation awarded New York Tech a grant of $ 2 million in 2018 and additional funds in the amount of $ 590,000 for scholarships, scholarships and new student activities to help further develop the the school’s “creative culture”. These activities allow faculty and students to explore synergies at the frontiers of architecture, medicine and healthcare, while combining design thinking with advanced digital manufacturing technologies and sophisticated equipment.
The school recently welcomed the first cohort of two new 30-credit post-professional graduate degrees that were established with the support of IDC Foundation grants. The Architecture, Computational Technologies, MS program integrates critical relationships between science and culture, activating new knowledge with an emphasis on representational history and theory, robotics, and cybernetics. The Architecture, Health and Design, MS program focuses on healthcare, interior, industry and product design, etc., using design technologies such as simulation, visualization, robotic interactions and manufacturing, as well as computer design and new materials.
“It is important to interconnect the two programs as they are designed to integrate and create a space for discussion on the role of technologies for a more responsible approach to sustainability, health, safety, well-being and fair spaces, ”said Perbellini.
“When we received the grant from the IDC Foundation, we realized it was a real boost for us, being a school of doers, decision makers and innovators,” said Foley. “With the digital arts program merging with the School of Architecture and Design, we’re really excited to see where this goes, especially with the opening of these new labs and new robotic technology. Tying together the left and right brain through digital medium is really exciting. ”
In part, the grant also helped fund the IDC Foundation Endowed Chair in Digital Technologies at the School of Architecture and Design, New York Tech’s first endowed chair. “We welcome Alessandro Melis, Ph.D., a leader in scholarship, esteemed professional and exquisite educator, to chart an innovation-driven approach to research in the School’s programs. ‘architecture and design, ”said Perbellini. Most recently, Melis was curator of the Italian National Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale and was Director of the International Cluster for Sustainable Cities at the University of Portsmouth (UK). He is a renowned researcher, author and sought-after presenter in international venues.
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