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DXA Studio Mentors FutureHaus Dubai Team from Virginia Tech to Win First Place at 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East

Parul Dubey on February 13, 2019 - in Awards, News

New York –  DXA studio, a New York based architecture and design firm known for a diverse range of projects primarily in Manhattan and Brooklyn, has served as advisors for a team of students and faculty from Virginia Tech. Known as the FutureHAUS Dubai team, the students took the first place for designing the world’s best solar home during the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East competition. DXA studio worked with the architecture department at Virginia Tech and lead faculty of FutureHAUS Professor Joe Wheeler and Visiting Professor Bobby Vance by teaching and mentoring the students participating in the competition.

“We are thrilled to have been part of this forward-thinking initiative in sustainability and home design with the Virginia Tech School of Architecture.  It has been very rewarding to serve as advisors to such an innovative and hard working group of students and faculty over the span of several years,” said DXA studio Partner Wayne Norbeck.

The FutureHAUS Dubai team earned a first-place victory over 14 other selected teams and more than 60 total entrants of the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East, a competition launched by the United States Department of Energy and the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Electricity & Water Authority. The global competition aimed to accelerate research on building sustainable, grid-connected, solar homes. The win follows nearly two decades of research and two years of accelerated development, overcoming a fire that burned down a previous iteration of the house, and more than a month spent in a desert in the outskirts of Dubai, where two dozen students and faculty erected the entire house.

“Contributing to the winning entry in the solar decathlon has been extremely meaningful for our studio.  As Professors of Practice, we are excited to see how this beta project will lead to further connections within the industry partnerships that were made during the competition, and how that research will be implemented in future projects,” said Jordan Rogove, DXA studio partner.

 

About DXA studio

DXA studio’s expertise spans an uncommonly broad spectrum of project types including multi-family and single family residential, commercial, institutional, hotel and event design. Our team members have a variety of experiences working on educational and nonprofit projects. DXA provides a rare balance of highly crafted design and exceptional project management, with particular adeptness at landmarks, loft board and zoning approvals, and NYC City Planning and Uniform Land Use Review Procedures.

DXA studio’s current work includes interiors at Essex Crossing, 242 Broome Street, the 300,000 SF Hap 8 condo and rental towers in Chelsea, a multi-phase development in Astoria, 280 St. Marks, Mt. Pleasant Church Conversion, 100 Barclay and Galapagos Detroit. Additionally, DXA is designing four ground up single-family townhouses for private clients ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 SF, a 15-story tower in the Lower East Side, and multiple performance venues including the famed Blue Note jazz club and the Highline Ballroom. DXA also has a variety of experience in sustainable and health-focused non-profit projects including a community in Zambia, malaria prevention through housing in Namibia, and housing in St. Marc, Haiti as a result of winning an international design competition.

At DXA studio, a project begins with an open exchange of ideas and collaboration. The client’s program and desires, along with the complexities of the project’s site are used to create a conceptual framework by which an architecture of distinctive identity, clarity, and ingenuity is created.

For more information about DXA studio, please visit http://www.dxastudio.com/

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