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Drennan, Kimberly Alaine Assistant Professor


Research Areas research areas


research overview

  • MICA - Mobile Indoor Controlled Apiary. Research into ideal conditions for the reduction of disease transmission in commercial pollination management has lead to the design and construction of a smart apiary show to reduce colony losses. EcoHive - An Intelligent Beehive Ecosystem & Analytics. The interdisciplinary research team (Drennan, Bellucci, & Cook) is developing an intelligent beehive that seeks to improve the health of the honey bee population, assist commercial beekeepers in maintaining and transporting their colonies, and advance research into the nature of pollinators and pollination services.


  • integrative design, sustainability of the built environment, community engagement, LEED, regionalism, pollination


courses taught

  • ARCH 2100 - Studio 1: Foundations of Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    The beginning of the architectural specialization sequence, this course introduces students to the basic strategies and techniques of architectural design. This studio focuses on concepts of medium-scale building design, siting, and climate. Through multiple design exercises, students learn how these factors assist in shaping buildings. Recommended corequisite: ENVD 2115.
  • ENVD 1002 - Technology 1: Applications for Environmental Design
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Introduces technological competencies to support studio work including design representation and presentation. Students develop fundamental competencies in sketching, graphic design, file management and 3D modeling.
  • ENVD 1020 - Studio 1: Introduction to Architecture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    The second of four introductory studios introduces students to strategies and techniques of architectural design and communication in a hands-on studio environment. Students design a small-scale architectural project that responds to environmental, contextual and programmatic needs while developing the necessary skills for iterative design processes.
  • ENVD 1102 - Design and Communication 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Using both lectures and drawing exercises, this class extends understandings of the representational conventions used by the design professions through its introduction to the possibilities offered by traditional techniques for the advanced practices for design visualization, representation, and communication. Recommended corequisites: ENVD 1104 and ENVD 2003.
  • ENVD 2120 - Environmental Design Studio 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Exposes students to a sequence of design investigations that lead to the development of design concepts for critical evaluation and discussion. The intent of this introductory design studio is to expose students to the fundamental design practices that are common to the disciplines of environmental design, planning, urban design and landscape design - that share the responsibility for shaping the designed environment. Recommended corequisite: ENVD 3115.
  • ENVD 4300 - Advanced Design Lab 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Design lab exploring new and emerging themes in design. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.


International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)