• Course Code:  Arch 403

  • Term:  Fall 2014

  • Open for Enrollment

  • Self-paced

  • Course Author(s)
    Open Online Academy

Resilient Architecture Research

Fall 2014


  • Ivan shumkov sq
    Ivan Shumkov
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    Illac Diaz

Course Summary

This online course by Open Online Academy will explore existing and new solutions for resilient and sustainable design. It will crowd source resilient design solutions with an international community of thousands of architects, engineers, scientists, builders and others from all over the world. The course participants will work in international, multidisciplinary teams, exploring how architecture can respond to the natural disasters: floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, fires, typhoons, etc.

Resilient Architecture Research, will focus on precedent studies on resilient building techniques from all over the world. Some of the topics will be: foundations, roofs, windows, walls, floors, ceilings, doors, façades, stairs, water and energy management, etc. The research will span from vernacular to contemporary building techniques. The goal is to rediscover traditional building materials and methods and apply them to areas with similar conditions. New techniques can be used as such or adapted to local conditions when possible.



Week 1: Welcome and Introduction

Week 2: Grounds, foundation and base

Week 3: Structure and materials

Week 4: Roof and rain water management

Week 5: Building enclosure

Week 6: Energy and Sustainability



Students will learn about resilient architecture and how it can be used in communities in need. They will improve their research and collaboration skills. During the second week of the course, each student will design individual proposals and post them on the forum. All students will publish their research and get feedback and help on their projects from others. They will form collaboration teams, which will work together on the research tasks.



The involvement in the course is flexible. For architects, this is meant to be an intensive design studio course, so participants are expected to dedicate 10-20 hours a week. For others, who act as advisors and collaborators, it could take 2-5 hours of work weekly. 



The course will encourage collaborations and teamwork. We will use peer-to-peer review as a way to exchange feedback. We will also have a course forum on Facebook where students will exchange and discuss design ideas. During the course, the research will be presented in the form of publication. After the course, the outcomes will be exhibited at the United Nations and other prestigious venues.



Students will be given feedback individually by professors and experts.



Upon successful completion of the course students can purchase certificates from Open Online Academy with or without Continuing Education Units (CEU) and Credits for Professional Development (CPD).




Previous experience in design is recommended, but there will be opportunities for others to participate. The course work will be collaboration between people from many different backgrounds, but mainly architecture and engineering. They will share and exchange their knowledge, skills and energy to discover design solutions that are resilient, feasible, sustainable, buildable, etc.


Ivan R. Shumkov PhD, OOAc Founder

Ivan Shumkov is a New York based architect, professor, scholar and curator. He is a pioneer in online education and founder of Open Online Academy (OOAc), where he also teaches architectural design, history and theory. He graduated with masters degrees from ETSA Barcelona, University of Florence, and Harvard University GSD, as a Fulbright scholar. He completed his PhD in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and Columbia University GSAPP, as fellow of the Fondation Le Corbusier. Dr. Shumkov has taught at Harvard University GSD, Pratt Institute School of Architecture, Parsons the New School for Design, International University of Catalonia, and ETSA Barcelona. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Harvard Alumni Association and President of Harvard Architectural and Urban Society Alumni. Dr. Shumkov is a licensed architect in Spain and Italy and principal of ISA - Ivan Shumkov Architects, a company working in the fields of architecture, urbanism, landscape and design with offices in New York and Barcelona. He has worked, lectured and exhibited his projects and research in Europe, Brazil, Colombia, China, and the USA.  


Illac Angelo Diaz, OOAc Professor

Illac Diaz is a former corporate executive who has since gone on to establish several foundations that provide sustainable solutions to societal problems. He is the executive director of MyShelter Foundation, a non-profit organization which has been engaged in improving the lives of many Filipinos through the creation of sustainable solutions for using recycled materials for the building of clinics and classrooms in rural areas. Diaz holds Masters in Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School. He also completed the Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies (SPURS) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He was recognized as one of the Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World by the Jaycees International, and is an Ernst and Young Innovation Entrepreneur of the Year. He has returned to the Philippines to apply and disseminate his research in needy communities throughout the country.  


Arnold Rivera, OOAc Professor

Arnold Abad Rivera is founder of odo:office for design operations, a think tank organization that applies architectural design thinking as a strategy for addressing complex socially relevant issues in developing countries around the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architecture with magna cum laude distinction from Florida A&M University and is a graduate of Harvard-GSD with a Master Degree in Architecture.  His graduate thesis at Harvard-GSD entitled “Quotidian Spaces” is an examination of the gaps created by the Big Dig Project in Boston and an exercise in socio-economic studies through architectural interventions. The quotidian holds a significant influence in the trajectory of odo's focus on socially relevant projects that examines the spatial challenges of the human living conditions in developing countries. Arnold is a native of the Philippines and a citizen of the United States of America. Although he has lived in the US for most of his life his connection to his native Philippines remain firm because of his interest in the socio-economic challenges presented by natural disasters and political instability. He is an idealist and an advocate of spatial democracy. 

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