Rania Labib_ CV, design portfolio, and my research and teaching statement
Rania LabibRania Labibrn.firstname.lastname@example.org green Acres Ave, East BrunswickNew Jeresy 08816Dear HR Dept. members,This letter is to express my interest in the Assistant / Associate professor position postedon the universitys website. I believe that my work experience combined with myEducation make me a strong candidate for the position.As my curriculum vitae shows, my background in Sustainable design is extensive. I amknowledgeable in many types of Green Building codes and Environmentaltechnologies. My research background in Sustainable Design with focus on highperformance daylighting design and reduction of energy consumption has given megreat opportunity to explore advanced methods and techniques to enhance existingbuildings sustainability.My research paper titled “Improving Daylighting Conditions of Existing Buildings UsingLaser Cut Panels with a Focus on Classroom Model” was recently accepted forpublication in an international journal named “Lighting research and technology”I also have several years of architectural design experience in both Egypt and the US,which has given me the opportunity to develop great communication skills .I am an expert at the use of computation in integrated building design andperformance simulations. My expertise is in Building Information Modeling (BIM),parametric modeling and interoperability interfaces between various building designand simulation tools. I have been teaching Revit and BIM to architects since 2009.In my sustainability practice, I focuse on creative daylighting solutions and energytargets through best practice scenarios and simulations considering climate, activityand occupant profile. My specialties include daylighting analysis and harvesting,lighting control, and assessing daylighting impact through energy modeling.I do have a very strong engineering background especially in the field ofthermodynamics and heat transfer to better analyze buildings energy use, and havecreatively employed my understanding of energy fundamentals to perform state of theart energy simulations using Energyplus in conjunction with Ecotect and openstudio. Ido hold LEED accreditation.Please see my attached CV, my design portofilio , Teaching and research statement. Iwould be happy to send you any additional materials you request. Or if you have anyquestions for me please contact me at 732-406-1154 or via email at email@example.com.Sincerely,Rania Labib
Rania LabibCurriculum VitaeRania LabibContact:23 Green Acres Ave,East Brunswick, NJ 08816Tel: 732-406-1154e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.orgAreas of expertise: Sustainable Building Design, with focus on reducing energy consumption, and high performance daylighting systems. Building Information Management (BIM and interoperability interfaces between various building design and simulation tools. Advanced Building simulations: energy simulations using Energyplus, in conjunction with Ecotect and openstudio. Daylighting simulations using Radiance, lightsolve, and Diva for Rihno. Thermal and acoustics simulations using Ecotect. Great engineering background especially in the subjects of thermodynamics and heat transfer to better analyze buildings energy use.Education: Master Degree in Ecological Design, 2012 San Francisco institute of Architecture, CA, USA Thesis title: Improving Daylighting In Existing Buildings Using Laser Cut Panel (LCP) With Focus On The Classroom Model. Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, 1997 University of Minia, Egypt. 1
Rania LabibPuplications:Title:Improving Daylighting Conditions of Existing Buildings Using Laser CutPanels with a Focus on Classroom ModelJournal:Lighting Research and TechnologyDate:Research paper was just accepted by the journal, it will be publishedsoon.Abstract:Proper daylighting design in interior spaces can reduce the energy cost ofartificial lighting and HVAC. Daylighting has been shown to directlyimpact human well-being and productivity. Recently, the benefits ofdaylighting have attracted increased attention, and architects anddesigners are thus considering daylighting when designing new buildings.However, many existing buildings are not designed by consideringdaylight as a major lighting source, resulting in them being poorly lit andconsuming considerable energy for lighting and cooling. Therefore, it isessential to explore the possibility of improving daylighting design inexisting buildings by developing recommendations and guidelines thatcan transform them into energy-efficient and productive environments.This study investigates the integration of laser cut panels (LCPs) in schoolbuildings to improve existing daylighting conditions. Radiance andAutodesk Ecotect computer simulations are used to show the outcome ofadding LCPs in different configurations. The obtained data are analyzedto examine techniques that can be used to determine the bestconfiguration when integrating LCPs into existing daylighting systems andprovide recommendations and guidelines. 2
Rania LabibCertification: LEED AP (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited professional) Accredited by the US Green Building Council. Registered Architect in Egypt. Associate AIA (American institute of Architects.) Working in getting BREAM Accredited, the British Equivalent of LEED system. A member of The Egyptian Syndicate Of Engineers.Self-study courses:Completed the Fundamentals of Energy in Buildings course on March,2012Provided by MIT open course websiteCourses and seminars attended:Completed the following American Institute of Architects (AIA) certifiedtraining courses from the New York State Energy Research andDevelopment Authority: High Performance School Design - Site Design: Site Selection, Site Planning and Building Orientation. High Performance School Design - Lighting and Electrical Systems: Lighting Strategies and Tools. High Performance School Design - Lighting and Electrical Systems: Sources, Luminaires and Controls. High Performance School Design - Lighting and Electrical Systems: Lighting design. High Performance School Design - Site Design: Landscaping. Energy-Efficient Building Shell: Good Building Envelope Design. Daylighting and Windows – Fenestration. Daylighting and Windows - Daylighting Principles. High Performance School Design - Design Criteria CHPS and LEED.Some of the seminars and workshops attended: 3
Rania Labib Daylight Simulation in Design presented by Dr. Alstan Jakubiec from the MIT Building Technology Program, and Dr. Azadeh Omidfar from the Harvard GSD. Weather in Building Simulation presented by Drury B. Crawley, from Building Performance Products, Charles A. Khuen from Weather Analytics Inc. BIM & Single-Family Residential: Using Technology to Lower Costs, Speed Construction, and Improve Performance. Presented by Graphisoft staff. Schools of the 21st Century: Creating Green Models that Engage Students & the Community. Presented Linda Lentz, Special Sections editor, Architectural Record. Best Green Projects: Case Studies in Sustainable Design Success.Work Experience:From 2009-currentTeaching Building information modelling (BIM) especially RevitArchitecture/ structure /MEP privatelyDuties:Taught many architects and undergraduates the basics of BIM andwalked them through the use of Revit with on hands approach. Allstudents started with no previous Revit knowledge and finished the courseI taught them as advanced users of Revit.As my undergraduate students go off to college and further theireducation in Architecture, Revit will be with them to use as their primarytool for designing and drawing.From 2009-currentPart time (as needed) work as a senior architectural designer and Greenbuilding co-ordinator at Farrell partnership, USA. Please see duties in thenext section when I worked as a full time employee at this firm from 2008to 2009 4
Rania LabibFrom 2008-2009Senior Architectural Designer at Farrell partnership, USADuties Helped the firm members to convert to BIM software via Group and Individual Training sessions and continuous support. BIM using Revit Architecture on a daily basis to develop design ideas and construction documents. Establishing Design Ideas, and presenting them a graphic way. Preparing Construction documents (CD). Construction field Observation. Making sure projects are code compliant. Preparing Bidding and contract forms. Managing Junior Architects and intern Attending Coordination meeting with Engineers. Worked on pharmaceutical , commercial and offices layouts Researched equipment , Materials and furniture to be used in a different projects Put together presentations for Worldwide Makeup and Perfume companies like L’Oreal, Symrise, and Snofi Avantis. Coordinated with electrical, mechanical, structural, and plumbing; engineers to produce and solve issues with construction documents.From 1997 to 2003Junior Architect at INEX, Cairo, EgyptDuties Establishing Design Ideas, and presenting them a graphic way. Cost estimate Analysis. Preparing Construction documents (CD). Construction field Observation. Make sure projects are code compliant. Preparing Bidding and contract forms. Assisting in performing Administration tasks.From July 1996 to September 1996Architect Intern at INEX, Cairo, Egypt.Duties Preparing construction Documents. Assisting in performing Administration tasks. 5
Rania LabibComputer skills:Excellent Drafting Skills using the following : AutoCAD 2002-2012 , 2D and 3D. Expert at Revit Architecture 2008-2012 Modeling skills using 3ds Max Autodesk Ecotect Sketchup Daylight simulations software such as Radiance, Lightsolve, Daysim and Diva. Energy simulations using Energyplus, openstudio, and Ecotect Google Sketchup Most Green buiding software packages that are similar to Ecotect and Green building studio Microsoft office applications including PowerPoint. Adobe Applications: Including Photoshop , Illustrator , InDesign. Autodesk impression for presentation.Nationality: AmericanLanguages Mastered: Fluent in English and ArabicPersonal Interests: Reading Music Learning Java programming 6
Rania Labib STATEMENT OF TEACHING AND RESEARCH INTERESTSStatement of Teaching: As a teacher, my goal is to introduce knowledge and help my students todevelop the skills necessary for success. As a an architecture faculty whoteaches courses on design visualization, digital Architecture , sustainable designand construction documents, I introduce students to the principles, process,tools and techniques of design visualization that will become the foundation oftheir ability to problem solve and communicate visually throughout theireducation and into their professional careers. This involves not only presenting abody of knowledge appropriate to the subject matter, but also teaching themimportant visual thinking skills. My teaching approach in the classroom seeks to accomplish these goalsthrough several approaches:lectures, demonstrations and individual critiques. I make every effort to not onlymake them complete and well organized, but also well designed, engagingand visually appealing. I will integrate several forms of multi‐media to betterengage the students and present material in a more dynamic way or connectmaterial to things they are familiar with. I will introduce life examples ( builtprojects) to my students for open discussion every month . Being able todemonstrate how principles and technique can be applied is essential tohelping students apply their knowledge in an effective way. It is also aneffective way to demonstrate my own understanding of the subject matter andearn their attention and respect. Individual critiques have been one of the coreteaching methods in studio based courses where students complete designprojects to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject matter. In my critiques Iseek to maintain a delicate balance of encouragement and constructivecriticism that recognizes and responds to the strengths and weaknesses of eachstudent. In summary, I believe my teaching philosophy is an extension of the principlesthat I seek to apply to my life in general: Make every attempt to do all thingswell but have a reasonable view of your own abilities, we all have strengths andweaknesses and there is always room for improvement.
Rania Labib Research interests:use and optimization of daylight in buildings in particular. Advanced glazing andshading systems, daylight redirecting devices; video and simulation-basedassessment of their visual and solar optical transmission or reflection properties;visual and thermal comfort; design tools in the early stages of the designprocess, especially goal-driven approachThese primary and inter-related areas will form the broad framework for myresearch and will also be integrated in my studio teaching.