Jeffrey Anderson is an educator, architectural designer, and AR/VR software developer. He currently teaches design studios and advanced media seminars in the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program at Pratt Institute and the Graduate Architecture Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also the lead software developer in the Design Lab at Mancini Duffy where he conducts design research and develops architectural visualization tools. His current software development work focuses on creating new forms of physical and virtual collaboration that empower all members of the design process. His research focuses on using technology to create new relationships between users, architecture, and its context through interaction, sensing and feedback, and mixed reality. His forthcoming book The Ecologies of the Building Envelope: A Material History and Theory of Architectural Surfaces (Actar, 2021), written with Alejandro Zaera Polo, analyses how social, political, technological, and economicforces have become embedded within architecture over the last century.

 

Intensifying Forms: Design Review through Real-time Visualization and Interaction

Our work aims to reorient the architectural production and review process by focusing on
real-time, immersive, and interactive experiences that elicit live effects rather than pre-rendered and selectively curated images and drawings. In the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program at Pratt, our course Mediums 3 – Visualization introduced students to contemporary mediums, methods, and theories of real-time rendering and interaction and focused on producing experiences of architectural spaces. We believe that this not only addresses imminent needs and advanced techniques for the architectural profession, but also changes the traditional hierarchies between students, teachers, and external critics and produces a more equitable teaching and learning environment. Additionally, because teaching and learning has migrated to a remote or hybrid model, we strongly believe that the production of three dimensional experiences which are open to be explored helps mitigate some of the losses we
have endured due to COVID-19 such as interpersonal connection and spatial experience.

Virtual Forms – Student Videos