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Dan Babko

Dan Babko

Kansas City, MO, US

 

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About 

Dan holds a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from GSAPP | Columbia University (2011) after having previously studied at Pratt Institute (B.Arch 2010). His professional work includes Merge Studio in New York where he developed computational methods for building complex facade geometries as well as developed multiple master plans for a variety of programs. Currently Dan is working for Manica Architects in Kansas City to design methodologies for building stadium skin systems as well as develop a parametric model that generates stadium bowls with needed inputs. Dan also holds an adjunct faculty position at the University of Kansas specializing in introducing generative design as a method of solving a design problem.

The work explores architecture as a social and formal investigation of all scales, from city to furniture, using algorithmic design methodologies. The intent of approaching design problems through algorithms is to allow a bottom-up design process of building small scale relationships to guide and investigate larger scale emergent order phenomenons. This investigation leads to an iterative decision process of solving a design problem without preconceiving a prescriptive solution. The inspiration behind this work is driven by the study of math and biology to rethink spatial, material, structural, and social ideas.

 

www.danilababkomalyi.com

Elsewhere:

Employment 

The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, US, Adjunct Professor

-Teaching Arch 600 (Fall 2013)- Special Topics in Architecture: Generative Design with Grasshopper
-Co-Teaching Arch 503 (Fall 2013)- Accelerated Design II (Co-Teaching with Matt Kleinmann)
-Co-Teaching Arch 808 (Spring 2014) - Health & Wellness Studio (Grasshopper workshops for Kent Spreckelmeyer)
-Co-Teaching Arch 409 (Spring 2014) - Design Build and Materiality Studio (Grasshopper workshops for Nils Gore)

Aug 2013 - current
 

Manica Architecture, Kansas City, MO, US, Project Designer

-Developed many concept designs for international sport stadiums including:
*Warriors arena in San Francisco, USA through SD phase (Collaboration with Snohetta)
*VTB Dynamo stadium in Moscow, Russia through SD phase
*Redstar stadium in Paris, France through concept design
*Avtomobilist arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia through concept design
*Nets training facility in Brooklyn, NY through SD phase

-Developed a Grasshopper definition within Rhino to generate stadium seating bowls
-Created digital models of complex stadium skin systems using Grasshopper and Rhino
-Coordinated structure, skin, interior program and seating bowls of stadiums within Grasshopper and Rhino
-Created renderings and graphics for client and marketing purposes

Dec 2012 - current
 

Merge Studio, New York, NY, US, Architectural Designer

-Developed concept design for a variety of programs including:
*Arihant Headquarters (Office Tower) in Chennai, India through Construction
*Karle Town Center (Office Tower) in Chennai, India through CD phase
*Surfers Paradise Transit Center in Gold Coast, Australia through CD phase
*Xavier University School of Medicine master plan in Aruba through concept design
*Eden Park villa master plan with residential tower in Chennai, India through concept design

-Created 3D digital models of projects using Rhino/Grasshopper, Maya, and 3D Max
-Presented personally generated renderings and graphics through design presentations to clients
-Developed working drawings with coordination of local architects and consultants including reviewing shop drawings, material pricing and overlooking construction

Sep 2011 - Nov 2012
 

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, US, Adjunct Professor

-Teaching workshop on introduction level Rhino and Grasshopper modeling for Green Builders Club

Sep 2011 - Dec 2011
 

O'Connor Gordon Pratt Architects, LLP, Heightstown, NJ, US, Architect Intern

-Worked with project managers to develop construction documents for a variety of programs including fitness facilities, industrial storage facilities, academic facilities and residences
-Performed building surveys and coordinated demo/fit-out work accordingly

Sep 2005 - Aug 2007
 

Education 

Columbia University, Masters, Architecture and Urban Design

Jun 2010 - May 2011
 

Pratt Institute, BArch, Architecture

Sep 2007 - May 2010
 

Awards 

Outstanding Merit, Award

Pratt Institute Graduation Recognition

2010
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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