Thesis Defence: Parastoo Varshosaz

Friday, January 27, 2023 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Regulating Visual Connectivity and Light Modulation Through 3D-Printed Light Screens

silhouette of a woman looking at a 3d printed sculptural structure


This thesis investigates an iterative modeling and fabrication process for customizable building components through the design of a high-performance light screen. Light screens, mostly implemented as physical boundaries for modulating light and providing visual accessibility between the exterior and interior spaces, are considered as highly ornamental elements in the building. One of the most common methods for constructing these screens is casting which provides a high level of flexibility for making pieces with complex geometries. However, casting technique requires making a new mold for every different piece. As a result, designers’ capability to experiment with more complex designs through these trade-off techniques has been limited by the amount of time and cost required to go beyond one-off prototypes. To avoid making new molds, this research uses clay 3D printing as it creates a direct link between the material and the digital model and results in making the pieces without needing a mediator element. Having the opportunity to apply real-time changes to the design parameters, this study evaluates the performance qualities of the screen by regulating the major influential parameters on its functionality: Form, material, light penetration, and position of the viewer. The 3D-printed components are tested with iterative physical prototyping, computational modeling, and digital simulation to demonstrate the created visual and light qualities in different applications. This framework can significantly change the process of design and fabrication of functional building components towards a more affordable and customizable approach.

The examining committee is as follows:

Supervisor: David Correa
Committee member: Maya Przybylski
Internal-external reader: Linda Zhang
External: Nicholas Hoban

The defence examination will take place:
Friday, January 27, 2022, 10:00 a.m.

This defence will be taking place fully in person in the Riverside Gallery.

The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.