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de Lange, Marcel

Associate Faculty Director of Operations


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research overview

  • Marcel's applied research deals with design build delivery models for architectural projects, environmental product design and innovative/entrepreneurial practices. Through Clinical Teaching I am able to apply research and actually design/build projects of varying scope and size & complexity with students and other faculty. I do this through a highly collaborative processes and by applying innovative models around design and design thinking. Furthermore, my applied research focuses on using technologies around digital design and manufacturing as well as investigation around manufacturing processes and material connections using parametric software and fabrication strategies.


  • Design Build Project Deliveries, Building Information Modeling, Generative Design, Parametric Design Digital Design and Fabrication Small object design and making Light fixture design, lightning design, environmental product design modular design, prefabricated architecture, kit of parts design build, sustainable design, innovative building systems


courses taught

  • ARCH 3100 - Studio 2: Intermediate Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Dealing with problems at an intermediate level of complexity this architecture studio emphasizes the interaction of form, programmatic use, human behavior and context in creating structure. Studio options may include a client-based community engaged project, real world applications, and/or result in a physical product. Students work across analog and digital platforms to produce high quality and portfolio-worthy work.
  • ARCH 4115 - Architecture Building Technology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Through experimentation and testing, the fundamentals of building physics and climate science are taught in this interactive seminar. Students learn the concepts related to structural and mechanical systems necessary for proper building function by first studying and then implementing the key systems through hypothetical building assignments. This class covers active and passive green building systems that are necessary when designing structures for an evolving climate.
  • ENVD 1110 - Studio 2: Fundamentals of Environmental Products of Design
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021
    Building on the foundation introduced in EPoD Studio 1, this studio introduces students to more advanced methodologies and techniques related to the design of products at a human scale while considering the interdisciplinary nature of the other specializations. Using complementary skills in 3D modeling, drawing, diagramming, and through physical making and fabrication, students explore imaginative and innovative design solutions of small-scale products.
  • ENVD 2352 - Beginning Digital Applications
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2023 / Fall 2023 / Spring 2024
    Foundation level computing skills for design analytics and representation.
  • ENVD 3300 - Special Topics: Intermediate Design Lab
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019
    Design lab exploring new and emerging themes in environmental design. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ENVD 3352 - Intermediate Digital Applications
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Intermediate level computing skills for design analytics and representation.
  • ENVD 4100 - Advanced Design Lab 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Design lab exploring new and emerging themes in design. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ENVD 4152 - Digital Design and Fabrication
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Teaches the student basic to intermediate concepts, strategies, materialities and lots of other interesting things around the topic of digital design and fabrication. In the last decade or so, DD+F (Digifab) has evolved from a novel, boutique approach towards design to a critical component of design + making especially in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Product design. Students will use 3d modeling (Rhino) and parametric plugins( i.e. Grasshopper) to investigate new ways of making using 3d printing, CNC machining, laser cutting and other digital fabrication processes. Learning strategies and concepts around DigiFab as well as looking at materiality in digifab and learning when/how/where to use these techniques will make students confident designers and marketable.
  • ENVD 4365 - Special Topics: Technology and Practice
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provides an advanced seminar on new technologies and issues of professional practice in the environmental design professions.
  • ENVD 4420 - Senior Capstone Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Advanced seminar focuses on theoretical concerns and practical issues inherent in environmental design and planning. Views concerns and issues in terms of setting, processes, and planning and design outcomes. Provides a critical synthesis of the inherently interdisciplinary nature of planning and design education.
  • EPOD 3100 - Studio 2: Intermediate Environmental Products of Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces students to innovative emerging technologies and techniques in digital fabrication and design through a project-based studio environment. Students will be asked to develop design solutions that could be leveraged to benefit humanity through material investigations, cradle-to-cradle methodology, and more advanced methods in design optimization.
  • EPOD 4100 - Studio 3: Capstone in Environmental Products of Design
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020
    Expanding on the design research presented in the Capstone Proposal course, students fully develop and build an innovative prototype of their design solution.


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