Center for Innovation:
Redesigning Miami with Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality Experience
May 3 and 4 from 6:00 to 10:30pm
Alumni Hall Atrium
An architectural thesis exploration into the use of extended reality devices in design. The project is an adaptive reuse and addition to the existing Architecture and Interior Design building on campus, Alumni Hall. The MU Center for Innovation is a theoretical project creating collaborative spaces for all departments, utilizing advanced technologies and spaces. Additionally, the project will house an E-sports plaza/arena, a growing aspect of Miami’s curriculum and extracurricular offerings. The project was developed with, and will be displayed with virtual reality technologies that viewers will be able to experience.
Since the modern advent of consumer available virtual reality devices around 2014, I had been dying to get my hands on a headset. With added interest of pure curiosity and excitement, I felt compelled to explore how this technology could be used in the professional realm of architecture. After nearly a year of research in my own time (and a bit of prodding to the people with the money) I convinced the firm I worked for to purchase an HTC Vive virtual reality headset. My first big goal was was showing of virtual tours of a few of our projects at a state wide convention full of potential clients. It was an absolute hit, paying itself off in that one weekend, and I was the 'VR' guy around the office. Using the system as a tool in the office became a side interest, but an afterthought on major projects.
Upon attending graduate school at Miami, I saw my thesis research as an opportunity to explore how VR tools could be used in the design development of architecture, rather than just a visualization tool. Using virtual reality in the early stages of production could allow the designer to experience a space as they design it. To me, this was an untapped potential of the technology. 'Center for Innovation: Redesigning Miami with Virtual Reality' is the result of my thesis research and passion for the technology rolled together.
Brian Oldiges is a Masters of Architecture graduate student at Miami University, expected to graduate in May of 2019. Brian obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of Kentucky in 2014, and worked as a project designer for SHP in Cincinnati for 3 years prior to attending the graduate program at Miami. Post graduation, he plans to return to SHP and pursue his license to practice as a registered architect. Brian is an avid pursuer of advancements in technology and enjoys deconstructing and tinkering with electronics. He will always have a project to work on whether it be personal, work related, or just to help a friend.