Kyle Konis wins BTES Emerging Faculty Award

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Kyle Konis wins BTES Emerging Faculty Award

May 13, 2015

 

USC Architecture assistant professor Kyle Konis has received the 2015 Emerging Faculty Award from the Building Technology Educators’ Society. Given every other year, the award recognizes excellence in teaching and innovation during the formative years of an architectural teaching career in building technology education.

 

The award will be presented during the BTES Conference in Utah, June 24-27, and Konis will make a presentation during a special session dedicated to EFA winners.

 

Konis joined the USC faculty in 2012 and made an immediate impact through his involvement in the comprehensive design studios, where he works to integrate diverse building technology and environmental performance considerations into the design process and projects of the students. Outside of the studios, Konis has developed a year-long building technology curriculum for the School’s new three-year M.Arch program. He has also developed a new, experimental course exploring the design of functional environmental control prototypes using physical computing tools (e.g. Arduino). In this course, students design and build experimental systems using physical sensors and actuators to sense and respond to the environment and and the human body in real time.

 

"With his unique background in professional practice and building technology education and research, Kyle’s commitment and creative efforts towards improving the feedback loop between design intent and performance and use make him extremely valuable to our school,” said Professor Doug Noble, Director of USC’s Master of Building Science Program.

 

Konis's efforts working with fellow faculty to improve awareness and use of environmentally responsive design workflows and strategies was recognized with a 2012 NCARB Award and led to the development of the peer-to-peer knowledge sharing website performance-and-form.com.

 

In addition to engaging with students through his formal teaching, Konis involves students as funded research assistants on his grants and industry-sponsored research and serves on numerous these committees. As a mentor, Konis also works to connect thesis research with professional needs, building bridges for students’ academic and professional careers.