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Global Visiting School ONLINE 2020 by ra

Cluster [07]

Environmental Design for Architects

Tutor: Sushant Verma


Date:5th & 6th Sept 2020 (Saturday & Sunday)

Time: 10 AM - 7 PM IST // 4:30 AM - 1:30 PM GMT

Duration: 2 DAYS // 8 Hours on all 2 days

Type: Interactive Tutorial Workshop

Registration Fee: INR 7500 // $100

Max. Spots: 30

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[  ] Workshop Title

Environmental Design for Architects

[  ] Key Software / Tech to be taught

Ladybug & Honeybee withing Grasshopper3D (For Rhinoceros3D)

[  ] Workshop Description

The workshop cluster will serve as an introduction to Ladybug, an environmental analysis plugin for Grasshopper 3D (Rhinoceros 3D). It will cover the basics of charting weather data, setting up and running solar analysis, daylight analysis, visibility analysis, evaluating the results and applying the data for taking design decisions. The participants would learn the ability to explore the relationship between weather data and environmental design decisions. Through a series of examples, project case studies, theoretical tutorials and practical applications, participants would learn the skill of using Ladybug & Honeybee as design-decision making tools for façade, roof structures, floor-plate design through interactive assignments during the studio. Architects have always been inclined towards using environmental aspects to take design decisions but always limited to apply such skills due to lack of technical skill and theoretical know-how. The workshop attempts to bridge this gap through curated examples and team-work projects to allow collaborations for creating sustainable futures. A previous knowledge of Ladybug & Honeybee is not required. A basic skill in using Grasshopper3D or being acquainted to the interface is not obligatory but recommended for a comprehensive and quick learning.

A design-based approach would be taken in the workshop to apply the skills, as you learn. Some of the real projects by rat[LAB] Studio would be taken up as case examples to demonstrate the process of parametric workflow considering environmental design aspects. Theoretical presentations about Green Buildings, Rating Systems, Indoor Air Quality, Outdoor Thermal Comfort and Tools for Architects would be made throughout the workshop to impact a theoretical skill-set alongside software skill-set.


[  ] Keywords 

#AdvancedArchitecturalDesign #LadyBug #HoneyBee #EnvironmentalDesign #Sustainable #Sustainability #FacadeDesign #DaylightAnalysis #SolarAnalysis #Radiation #Grasshopper3D #ThermalComfort

[  ] Workshop Duration & Type

Duration: 2 DAYS // 8 Hours on all 2 days

Type: Interactive Tutorial Workshop


[  ] Detailed Schedule





Day 01

Session 1A:  Theory of Environmental Design, Discussions on Rating Systems, Tools, etc. Introduction to Ladybug for Solar Radiation, understating Weather Data, Setting up workflow.

Session 1B: Assignments & Practice

Session 1C: Application of ladybug tools for design decisions, examples, explorations and evaluations.

Day 02

Session 2A:  Introduction to Daylight Studies, Honeybee component, optimization strategy, theoretical presentations.

Session 2B: Assignments & Practice

Session 2C: Application of daylight tools & visibility tools for examples and explorations. Documentation of works.

[  ] Tutor Details

Sushant Jai-Amita Verma is a Design Entrepreneur, Architect, Computational Designer & Educator, currently leading rat[LAB] Studio (Research in Architecture and Technology) ( that investigates intersections of design, art & technology through architecture, interior design and art installations. He holds a Masters Degree in Emergent Technologies & Design from Architectural Association, London and is a former architect at Zaha Hadid Architects, London & a Sr. Editor at Arch2O. He is the founder of rat[LAB]EDUCATION, which is an initiative to spread the idea of computation in design through independently-organized design workshops for profession and academia. Recipient of MAK Schindler Award from Vienna & Los Angeles and a finalist for AIA Emerging Leaders Fellowship from Chicago, his work is widely published and exhibited in London, Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, San Francisco, Taipei, New Delhi, Mumbai among other places, internationally. Sushant has been a TEDx Speaker at 3 TEDxTalks in India and is the founding director of Smart Labs – India’s first 6 month hybrid programme on Computational Design that blends studio learning and e-learning using a technology-oriented approach.


[  ] Max Participants allowed


[  ] List of FAQ

Q1 – Do I need previous knowledge of Grasshopper3D & Rhino3D to attend this workshop?

A1 - No. But we prefer that you have basic grasshopper3D skills to be able to make the best out of this workshop so more time can be dedicated to using Ladybug & Honeybee tools. Typically, we start with absolute basics of Rhino & GH3D in other workshops, but this cluster would directly delve into aspects mentioned in programme brief.

Q2 – Would you provide GH scripts & example files?

A2 – YES. All GH scripts & tool-kits from the workshop would be shared with the participants across both days for practice and learning. Example files and assignments are also framed out to inculcate a good learning curve and would be provided to participants.

Q3 – Session B mentions practice time as per schedule? What would happen in that time frame?

A3 – Session B is the buffer practice session to ensure participants can practice the scripts, do the assignments, note down all doubts, etc. Teaching team would remain online (with intermittent breaks / lunch) to help anyone if they want.

Q4 – Will the workshop happen online? Can I attend from any other timezone?

A4 – Yes. The workshop would take place ONLINE completely and open to a wide & global set of participants. One can enrol from any part of the world. Timing is provided as per IST (Indian Standard Time)(with GMT conversion mentioned for ease of understanding).

Q5 – Will I be provided with recordings from the workshop? Can I record the workshop?

A5 – Partial recordings would be provided to participants AFTER the completion of workshop for future reference. We do not allow / encourage participants to record the content due to tutors’ / organizers’ copyrights and anti-piracy rights. Any such action would be dealt with legal action strictly. As organizers, we would provide partial (taking off any confidential content / project info) and providing recordings for future learning.

Q6 – I am shortlisted student of Smart Labs 4.0. How do I avail my free attendance for this workshop / cluster?

A6 – This module is not a part of complimentary workshop provided to Smart Labs 4.0 participants. Contact your education co-ordinator for details.

Q7 – What all software do I require for the workshop?

A7 – Rhino 6 (with Grasshopper3D) is required with Ladybug & Honeybee. Rest of the plug-in setups & links would be provided upon registration and teaching team would help in installation troubleshoot, if required, during the workshop.


[  ] Recording Provided?

Partial Recording would be provided to safeguard workshop content by tutor

  • Recorded version is made available after the workshop, on Cluster Tutor(s)'s discretion. (Free for participants; ticketed for non-participants)

  • Check Explara Ticketing platform for availability.

  • Recording is for personal academic use only & comes with copyrights to control re-distribution & transmission (to be signed by buyer).

  • Participation certificate NOT provided to buyers of recorded version.

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