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Seth Holmes

Associate Professor

Department of Architecture
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

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Seth Holmes

Associate Professor

Department of Architecture
Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Bio

Seth Holmes is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Seth's research addresses climate change adaptation and resilient design practices in the built environment. His publications include a chapter in the book "Planning for Community-based Disaster Resilience Worldwide" (Ed. by A. Awotona), two articles for Building Research and Information Journal, three articles in ASHRAE and IBPSA Conference Proceedings, and recent advising to the forthcoming update to the LEED Resilient Design pilot credit. Seth received a Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design from Harvard in 2011 and a BArch from Roger Williams University in 2000. Prior to joining RIT in 2021, Seth was as Associate Professor and the Architecture Graduate Program Director at the University of Hartford, where he taught architecture from 2012-2021. Seth is a registered architect and also continues to practice through his firm Benefit Street Design.

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Currently Teaching

ARCH-733
6 Credits
This course examines the adaptive reuse of existing spaces, with implicit exposure to the basics of historic preservation. Students will examine and document an existing “real” space within the region, and propose coherent and rational architectural interventions for that space.
ARCH-799
1 - 4 Credits
ARCH-781
1 - 6 Credits
Masters-level scholarship by the candidate under the direction of the instructor. Students may enroll multiple times for a maximum of 9 credits towards their degree requirement. The subject of each offering varies depending on the nature and stage of the faculty member’s work.
ARCH-762
3 Credits
Students will learn how to assess the impact and interrelations of built environments on the natural environment by utilizing life cycle assessment tools and principles of sustainability. (ARCH-761 Understanding Sustainability) Class 3, Credit 3 (S)
ARCH-632
6 Credits
Students will analyze and solve building based architectural design problems with a focus on residential design and other wood based structures. (Pre-requisite, ARCH-631 Architectural Design I, Corequisite, ARCH-621 Architectural Representation II). Classroom 3, Studio 9, Credit 6 (S) ARCH-
ARCH-763
3 Credits
The measurement science, performance metrics, assessment tools, and fundamental data critical for the development and implementation of building systems associated with life-cycle operation of buildings while maintaining a healthy indoor environment.