Alvin Huang receives 2016 ACSA Faculty Design Award

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Alvin Huang receives 2016 ACSA Faculty Design Award

March 02, 2016

Professor Alvin Huang has received a 2016 ACSA Faculty Design Award for his firm’s Durotaxis Chair, a completely 3D printed chair that can be used as an upright rocking chair or as a horizontal lounge chair.


Huang’s firm, Synthesis Design + Architecture, was commissioned by Stratasys to design a chair that could only be produced by 3D printing. The firm decided to enhance the challenge by developing a chair that could only be made by Stratasys’s Objet Connex500 3D printer.


“Digital tools have destroyed boundaries between buildings and objects, but the quality of objects share the same principles of which Alvin demonstrates a profound grasp,” said Dean Qingyun Ma.


The design of the chair is aligned with Professor Huang’s research exploring the relationship between form and performance. “The chair provides an opportunity to explore a design and fabrication process that articulates both visually and materially what the chair is doing structurally and ergonomically,” said Huang.


The Durotaxis Chair has been produced at half-scale, and Huang is currently working towards producing a full-scale version. The half-scale prototype was exhibited at the 2014 ACADIA Conference at USC and is currently on view at the ZKM Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe in Germany.


Huang previously received an ACSA Faculty Design Award Honorable Mention in 2014, as well as the ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award.