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Mark DeKay, RA

Professor

School of Architecture

Prof. DeKay specializes in sustainable design theory, research, and design tools. His current work is in various applications Integral Theory and in the experience of sustainable design. He is a registered architect and has taught at the university level since 1992. He is author of Integral Sustainable Design: transformative perspectives and primary co-author of, Sun, Wind, and Light: architectural design strategies, 3rd ed. Prof. DeKay received two national AIA teaching awards, and was a Fulbright Fellowship to India.  At Tennessee he has been twice awarded University Scholar of the Week, along with the Chancellor’s Awards for both Teaching Excellence and for Research.

Education

  • M. Arch., University of Oregon, 1992
  • M. Arch., Tulane University, 1984

Expertise & Interests

  • Sustainable design
  • Climatic design and passive systems
  • Design knowledge structures
  • Integral Theory applied to design
  • Integral approaches to design education
  • Integral approaches to design research
  • Net-zero energy and carbon-neutral design
  • Design patterns for experiencing nature and natural forces in buildings
  • Design patterns for connecting people to nature

Work + Research

Scholarly Work in Progress

• Work on new energy master planing software and on climate-based pre-design strategy guidance. With Integrated Environmental Solutions, Glasgow

• [Book in writing] Experiential Sustainable Design: Connecting people to nature, with Prof. Gail Brager, engineer, (Berkeley)

Designing Relationships to Nature: five kinds of stories and five kinds of connection

Urban Wind Field Patterns in Transit-Oriented Development for China: assessing pedestrian comfort, air quality and building ventilation potential, with Prof. Sitan Zhu, Wuhan University

The Integral Lens: Exploring a Multi-Perspectival Approach to Architectural Photography, with Pygmalion Karatzas, Greece

The Integral Lens [photographic exhibit], with Pygmalion Karatzas, Greece

Dynamic Microclimate Modelling for Urban Development: Assessing pedestrian comfort, air quality and building ventilation potential, with Ruggiero Guida and Veda Baglia, engineers  (Glasgow)

An Integral Sustainable Design (ISD) approach to human inhabitation of architectural spaces, with Astrid Roetzel, et al (Deakin Univ.)

Design Strategies for Wind-Responsive Urban Morphology: Form, Rhythm, and Climate, with Grant Joerger (UT BArch)

An Integral Sustainable Design approach to human inhabitation of architectural spaces, with Astrid Roetzel (PI), Akari Nakai Kidd, Lucy Zinkiewicz, and Jules Moloney, Deakin University, Australia

Publications

Selected Publications

For full list and citations, see Vita. All publications, except books, are available in PDF on Academia.edu

Books

Integral Sustainable Design: Transformative Perspectives on Amazon

Sun, Wind & Light: Architectural Design Strategies, 3rd edition (2 vols) on Amazon

Chapters

Foreword to Pygmalion Karatzas, The Integral Lens, vol. 1, editorial and artistic approaches to architectural photography

SWL Tools, v.6, 62-page Excel spreadsheet included ‘workbook’ to accompany Sun, Wind & Light, 3rd

Teachings From Bapu Kuti,” in Migrants and Stowaways: an Anthology of Journeys

Journals

“Daylighting and Urban Form, an urban fabric of light,” Journal of Architecture and Planning Research

“Gray City, Green City: New thinking and new settlement patterns can bring about urban sustainability,” Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy

“Implications of Community Gardening for Land Use and Density,” Journal of Architecture and Planning Research

Continuing Education Courses, online

Green Design: Ecological Design Thinking: six perceptual shifts. Published by RedVector

Green Design: Intro to Integral Sustainable Design Theory. Published by RedVector

Green Design: Levels of Complexity Theory. Published by RedVector

Green Design: Designing Relationships with Nature. Published by RedVector

Conference Proceedings

“The Carbon Balance Index: a simple metric for progress toward net-zero carbon,” 37th International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference

“Urban Wind Patterns in High-Rise Residential Super-blocks: assessing pedestrian comfort, air quality and building ventilation potential,” 37th International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference, with Sitan Zhu.

“The Energy Balance Index: Extending the 2030 Targets to plus-energy buildings,” International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference, with Peter Giddings.

“In the Beginning Were Buildings: the radical idea of learning architecture by designing it,” National Conference on the Beginning Design Student,  with Hansjörg Göritz.

The Four Perspectives of Integral Sustainable Design,” International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference

“The Bundle-Up! Game: a collaborative learning tool for net-zero energy design,” International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference

“Using Pattern Maps to Chart the Knowledge Base of Climatic Design,” International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference

“Five Levels of Aesthetics for Sustainable Design,” International Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference

“Climatic Urban Design: Configuring the Urban Fabric to Support Daylighting, Passive Cooling, and Solar Heating,” Sustainable City 2012,  International Conference on Urban Regeneration and Sustainability

“A Model for Integral Sustainable Design Explored through Daylighting,” Proceeding of the National Passive Solar Conference, with Mary Guzowski

Honors & Awards

Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement. 

Green Lights Award, US Green Building Council, East Tennessee

Building Technology Educator’s Society Book Award, 3rd award

Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence

University of Tennessee Scholar of the Week

AIA Upjohn Initiative Award for architectural research

University of Tennessee Scholar of the Week

AIA COTE/Tides Foundation Award for Ecoliteracy in Architecture Schools, with Prof. Ted Shelton

Fulbright Fellowship, Center for Environmental Planning and Technology, Ahmedabad, India

AIA National Education Honor Award

What ecological design means is as important as how it functions. In sustainable design, experience of nature begets relationship begets meaning.

Mark DeKay, Integral Sustainable Design