Sustainability Colloquium: Shruit Kasarekar & Eric Hoffman

Colloquium | October 12 | 10-11 a.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

Reconditioned: Innovative Approaches to Façade to Environmental Design

This shared presentation will focus on the new Uber Headquarters, which redefines the public façade with an integrated atrium, enabling Uber to operate in a transparent and open fashion, while providing a distinctive architectural and design element to San Francisco’s dynamic and rapidly changing Mission Bay neighborhood. The team took a unique approach for the fully glazed, transparent atrium that is the main artery of the headquarters ,connecting spaces at all levels in both buildings. To avoid the enormous energy requirements that such an enclosed space might require, the project adopted an innovative approach that challenges traditional thermal, visual comfort and operational criteria for indoor spaces and shifts emphasis on occupants first. Rather than making the “spaces” comfortable, the solutions are designed to make “occupants” comfortable, requiring an understanding of the finer details of human sensation and perception. The presentation will cover the architectural design concept, and the evolution of the sustainability strategies, tools and analyses. By providing an overview of the design-build process, it will also demonstrate how close collaboration of the design disciplines is needed to translate sustainability strategies into reality.


SHRUTI KASAREKAR is an Associate and Environmental Design Practice Leader at Atelier Ten. She combines technical competency and creativity across multiple disciplines – architecture, engineering and master planning – to develop integrated, cross disciplinary solutions for projects. Shruti is an expert on passive systems, façade and energy optimization, and energy master planning and carbon management.

ERIC HOFFMAN is a Senior Associate at SHoP Architects with experience in workplace design as well as high-end multi-family. Prior to SHoP he gained experience with design-build firms and multiple speculative design studios pursing larger scale urban design and competition work. Eric also served as senior editor of Fresh Meat, the award winning architecture journal at the School of Architecture at University of Illinois, Chicago.

Students can enroll in Arch 142/242 for credit. The community is welcome to attend the lectures without enrolling.