Gregory Thomson

Contact
414.229.6445
thomsong@uwm.edu

Gregory D. Thomson, M.S., M.Arch. Associate Professor

Bio
Assistant Professor Thomson has a background in literature, architecture, and historic preservation. Since 1992 he has worked in the design and construction fields as a hands-on builder of custom and prefabricated assemblies, in architectural practice, and as an academic. His design and research interests focus on ecological design, and span design methods for high performance building to understanding the impact of materials on embodied energy in buildings. He has served on the Technical Review Committee of the American Solar Energy Society and as a manuscript reviewer for Solar Energy, and Automation in Construction. His research and design studio teaching have been published and exhibited at the American and International Solar Energy Society conferences and the U.S. Green Building Council annual conference. Assistant Professor Thomson has been the recipient of research awards from the University of Oregon and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Research Growth Initiative. In 2004 he and a team of collaborators won the USGBC Emerging Green Builder’s international design competition, and in 2005 received an Award of Honor from the Boston Society of Architects. Prior to joining the Department of Architecture he was an active member of the Boston Society of Architect's Committee (BSA-COTE) on the Environment, where he was the COTE Co-Chair elect, and authored a response to the AIA's position paper addressing High Performance Building and Global Warming. Most recently Assistant Professor Thomson has been active developing partnerships between architecture and engineering to promote integrated, design-based research.

Education
Master of Science (Historic Preservation), University of Oregon, 2002
Master of Architecture, University of Oregon, 2000
Bachelor of Arts (English Literature), Carleton College, 1992

Research Focus
Sustainable design processes and practices that investigate the intersection of the impacts of physical/environmental context, climate, and culture on the built environment

Courses
Arch 301 Architectural Structures & Construction
Arch 510 Survey of Structural Analysis
Arch 520 Environmental Systems: Illumination and Thermal Comfort
Arch 790 Visualization Methods for Ecological Design
Arch 815 Design-Build Studio – Solar Decathlon
Arch 825 Comprehensive Studio – UW Madison CALS Horse Barn

Selected Work
Regionally Inspired, Regionally Designed, Regionally Constructed: Material Selection and the Ethics of Making. Gregory D. Thomson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. Oklahoma University, Creating_Making Forum, Norman, OK, November 2010.
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Regionally Inspired, Regionally Designed, Regionally Constructed: Material Selection and the Ethics of Making. Gregory D. Thomson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI. Oklahoma University, Creating_Making Forum, Norman, OK, November 2010.

Retrofitting the Rust Belt: Heartland Energy Efficient Technology Region (HEETR). A proposal for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative. U.S.D.O.E. Submitted by: UW-Madison, Dr. Jeffrey S. Russell, P.E., Dr. Benjamin P. Thompson, LEED A.P., John S. Nelson, P.E., Dr. Douglas T. Reindl, P.E. and Professor Gregory D. Thomson ($150,000,000, Unfunded)

Carbon Footprint Calculation for Residential Construction Systems: Comparison of Embodied Carbon in Four Structural System Typologies. (Proceedings, American Solar Energy Society - Annual Conference, May 2009.)

Partnership to Reduce Energy Consumption in Large Collections of Small- to Medium-Sized Existing Buildings: U.S. Department of Energy: Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant with BCI / UWM. ($50,000,000, Unfunded)

Modular and Intelligent Building Envelopes and Systems to Enable High Performance Buildings. National Science Foundation - Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation 2010, Science in Energy and Environmental Design. With Purdue University (Dr. James Braun, Dr. Jianghai Hu, Dr. Panagiota Karava, Dr. Athanasios Tzempelikos, Dr. Ming Qu. ($2,000,000, Unfunded, but ongoing collaboration with Purdue University)

Energy Efficiency and Historic Preservation: Using Digital Simulation and Empirical Testing to Quantify Passive Systems of Environmental Control in National Register Eligible Buildings of the Early Modern Era. UWM Research Growth Initiative 4. ($25,000, Funded)

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