Event of Interest to Town+Gown Members

ASCE Sustainability Leadership Workshop: National Science Foundation-Funded Sustainability Research Networks (SRNs)

October 25, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
@ New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street, Brooklyn

To Members of Town+Gown

This free-of-charge workshop aims at identifying how the SRNs and ASCE can support each other’s efforts around sustainability. ASCE’s sustainability goals align with the SRNs’ collective knowledge, and there are potential synergies between ASCE and the SRNs. Possibilities for collaboration will be the focus of the day long workshop which will be hosted by ASCE’s Committee on Sustainability. New York City is one of the “test bed” cities for one of the SRNs, entitled Sustainable Healthy Cities, with Columbia University, the University of Minnesota and Georgia Tech, as the principal investigator universities. Sustainable Health Cities focuses on three themes:
9:30 – 10:00 am ASCE Sustainability Road map, 4 Key Priorities
10:00 – 12:00 pm Sustainability Leadership in Practice
12:00 – 1:30 pm Breakout sessions and lunch
1:30 – 2:15 pm Re-convene as a group
2:15 – 3:45 pm NSF Sustainable Research Networks
3:45 – 4:00 pm Break
4:00 – 4:30 pm Roundtable discussions
4:30 – 5:00 pm Roundtable reports

To register, go to: https://goo.gl/forms/JIIjdwUWXLf8LzS92  (free of charge)

PRATT research news this month

Do you have a great idea for a research project and want to get it funded? Fill out the form below and and email it or walk it over to the team at the Research and Strategic Partnerships Office (North 206). You need only fill out the front of the form with your research idea, then the team will work with you to identify possible resources to apply for.

Faculty or students who have a great idea they want to explore for a start-up that can advance the future of media and communications, should apply by November 19th to the COMBINE entrepreneurship program.

HOLD THE DATE: March 29th for a campus-wide Openhouse and celebration of research at Pratt. Government, industry, non-profits and academic leaders will join the Pratt community to learn more about what our schools and research centers are doing. More info to come!

We are accepting applications for R.A.’s

‘ARCH 563A – Research Topicscan support faculty research and we are now accepting applications for Research Assistants (RA) for the Fall Semester. The deadline will be within the first week of the Fall Semester. You can work with RA’s and they receive 3 academic credits under your guidance.

Check out the call here.

We recommend that you contact the student you would like to work with before the beginning of the Fall Semester. If you have questions beyond the information of the call please email to designlab@pratt.edu.

First Fellow of the Design Lab

We are happy to announce that we have out first Fellow this year. Kyle Hovenkotter will conduct his research in the Lab with a Research Assistant and will apply for a Graham Foundation Grant at the end of the year.

F.A.Q. regarding RA’s

> Is this seminar starting in the fall 16′ or spring 17′ semester?

The Research Topics Seminar starts Fall 2016.

> Do I need to be currently employed at Pratt Institute to work with an RA?

Yes, we can only accept applications by current faculty members of the Institute.

> What type of commitment can we expect from the students and how many hours per week?

We strongly encourage faculty members to only request a maximum of 5 hrs of work per week.

> Is there a cap on the number of students that we can have each semester?

The Research Topics Seminar will have a maximum enrollment number of 15 students. We are currently looking to have one student per faculty member, but this may change.

> How late can students enroll?

Students can enroll at the beginning of the semester; please send them to our academic advisors.

> Is there any plan to have all the research interns give a presentation at the end of the semester?

We are very interested in sharing research projects and students’ experiences. The seminar will end with student presentations and interested faculty members can join

Call for Proposals for RA’s

The UA department will offer ‘ARCH 563A – Research Topics’ in the Fall 2016 semester. This initiative is to support faculty research.

We are pleased to launch this academic program that will both support faculty and involve students in research projects. We are looking for faculty members who would like to apply for a student research assistant (RA) who will receive 3 academic credits under their guidance. The program will consider all forms of research with academic merit: design based, theoretical, experimental and scholarly (The role of the student must follow NAAB’s parameters for independent studies with a defined set of learning objectives. See application guidelines below.)

In addition to their work with a faculty member, all research assistants will have a faculty supervisor with whom they will meet on a regular basis to insure that educational and research goals are met. The student will keep a journal that will be submitted to both the research faculty and faculty advisor. These assistant-ships will be granted on a semester–by–semester basis.

During this inaugural semester we request that the research faculty identify the student they would like to work with and also determine if that student is interested and willing to devote 3 elective credits to this Research Topic’s course. Interested Faculty members can apply for an RA, by sending an email by August 12th to: designlab@pratt.edu

Application guidelines for faculty members are as follows:

  • Explain your academic work or research project.
  • Describe the role of the research assistant.
  • Describe how the student’s work qualifies as exposure to academic rigor.
  • Describe the structure and the deliverables for the student. If possible please provide a week-by-week outline of student contact hours.
  • Define the learning objectives for the students.


Below is the syllabus description for the ARCH 563A – Research Topic Course:

Research Applications is a unique learning experience at a field-related faculty supported research site. It provides students with an opportunity to extend academic knowledge and skills in a research setting and obtain additional knowledge and skills in preparation for research development or graduate school. Students experience the real-life context and application of their course work, thus enriching their educational experience. They deepen their knowledge about important aspects of their field, enhance their research skills in a real-world context, build their research network, and inform their career choices in this area of academic architectural research. Additional faculty-supervised activities provide the opportunity for an in-depth reflection on the directed research experience.