Negar Rahimi


Thesis title: Study on Parametric Optimization of Daylighting and Energy Efficiency by Utilizing Double-Skin Façade
Supervisory committee:
Dr. Carmela Cucuzzella, Dr. Ursula Eicker, Dr. Hua Ge                                                                                                                                                              INDI Program- 2020 Fall

Negar Rahimi is a PhD student enrolled in the Individualized Program (INDI) at Concordia University. Her research focuses on the façade design and the relation of facades and the city. Negar has a background in Interior design and Architecture. Her master thesis and project were about the designing of the dynamic façade for the cultural building which was responsible to the environment with the inspiration of bionic architecture. She came up with an interdisciplinary approach to the parametric design of the smart façade with a focus on the design of openings on the facade. Her research is The Study on Parametric Optimization of Daylighting and Energy Efficiency by Utilizing Double-Skin Façade with the supervision of Dr, Carmela Cucuzzella and the supervisory committee. To her, the most exciting issue is designing new façade technologies that can have an impact in supplying the daylighting and comfort of interior space while considering the impact on the outside environment of that building. By parametric design of the form of openings rather than having the optimization of the daylighting and the appropriate view of outside for residents, it can be like a sculpture to the around environment of the building. The main goal of this research is to make the optimization of daylighting and achieve energy efficiency by this approach in design. Furthermore, she is investigating the relation of the façade and the city environment, specifically the effect that the façade design has on the city and urban environment aesthetically and functionally. One of her questions is how to categorize? the façade designs for building from the 1950s with a focus on iconic buildings of the last two decades specifically in Canada. Another question is how to use multiple-skin facades to have energy efficiency while having optimization of the daylighting through the parametric design of opening on the façade and how can these approaches have an effect on the thermal and comfort of residences as well as increasing the productivity by using daylighting as much as possible instead of artificial lighting.

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