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Professor Orla Smyth LoPiccolo, Associate Professor of Architecture and Construction Management

Professor Orla Smyth LoPiccolo, Architect

Associate Professor
Architecture and Construction Management
 lopicco@farmingdale.edu
 631-794-6123
 Lupton Hall 271

Education

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Building Construction Management, New York University.                                                        
  • Joseph J. Frater Excellence in Academic Achievement Award recipient, New York University
  • Master of Architecture Urban Regional Design, NYIT
  • Master of Arts, University of Dublin, Trinity College, the University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • B.Sc. Architecture (Hons), University of Dublin, Trinity College, the University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  • Dip. Architecture (Hons), Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland 
  • Registered Architect, New York
  • Certified Passive House Designer, Passiv Haus Institut, Germany

 

Biography

Orla Smyth LoPiccolo is a registered architect, and an associate professor in the Department of Architecture and Construction Management, Farmingdale State College (FSC), State University of New York.  Since joining FSC in September 2008, Professor LoPiccolo has taught eight different lecture or lecture/lab courses from freshman to senior level, in each of the 2 programs offered by her department:  Architecture Engineering Technology and Construction Management Engineering Technology.  Further to being awarded a 2011 Title II Students First Grant she has incorporated more project-based active learning techniques into her courses including: visual dictionaries, physical model building, jig-saw learning, field trips and team research presentations.  Professor LoPiccolo has also incorporated her 15+ years of professional work experience as an architect and Community Development Project Supervisor into her classes through service learning projects, field trips and by weaving her architectural and construction management experience into class discussions, projects, case studies and problems/solutions.  In 2014 she was awarded a second Title III Students First Grant to research the effect of enhanced support for the Architecture Construction Technology (ACT) Club through organized field trips to architecturally significant buildings and a student presentation competition.  Professor LoPiccolo’s discipline area research is Passive House construction which also enthusiastically shares with her students.  She has also earned Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) certification from the Passivhaus Institut, Germany.  Professor LoPiccolo is a member of a number of campus and off-campus committees including the Middle States Periodic Review Committee, Admissions and Academics Standards Committee, (a Standing Committee), Public Art Task Force, Auxiliary Services Committee (ASC), SUNY Student Awards Committee, Title III Students First Grant Peer Review Committee, Industrial Advisory Committee, and an Orientation Faculty Leader.  She is also the Secretary of the Architectural Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE), and she has served as Chair and Secretary and Treasurer of the ASEE Middle Atlantic Section.

Prior to joining Farmingdale State College, Professor LoPiccolo was an adjunct professor for the Department of Architecture and Design, New York Institute of Technology for 5 years, where she taught five different design studio courses.  Professor LoPiccolo has private sector architecture and project management experience in both Dublin, Ireland and on Long Island, NY, and she has over 10 years of public sector experience as an architect and a Community Development Project Supervisor with the Town of Islip, NY.  Professor LoPiccolo received her undergraduate and professional degree with honors from Dublin Institute of Technology - Bolton Street College of Technology and Trinity College, The University of Dublin, Ireland, and her post-professional degree in Architecture Urban Regional Design from New York Institute of Technology.  Subsequently, Professor LoPiccolo received a Postgraduate Diploma in Building Construction Management from New York University where she was awarded the Excellence in Academic Achievement Award.

Research/Publications

Research Areas:  Passive House Construction, Universal/Inclusive Design, and innovative pedagogy
To date Professor LoPiccolo has published 13 peer-reviewed conference proceedings and two non-refereed conference proceedings.

Awards/Grants

2014-2015 Title III Student First Grant Award, May 19. 2014 “Visit, Video, Verify and Win!” Research the effect of enhanced support for the Architecture Construction Technology (ACT) Club through organized field trips to architecturally significant buildings and a student presentation competition. 

2011 Title III Students First Grant Award – to research the effect of “Teaching First Year Architecture Students Passive House Technology through Active Problem-Based Learning and Field Trips to Sustainable Buildings,”

Courses

  • Graphics I (CON 111)
  • Graphics II (CON 121)
  • Materials and Methods of Construction I (CON 161)
  • Materials and Methods of Construction II (CON 162) as of Fall 2015
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing and Energy Systems (ARC 263)
  • Construction Design (ARC 272)
  • Site Design and Construction (ARC 364)
  • Construction Project Management and Scheduling (CON 401W)
  • Advanced Project Planning and Scheduling (CON 406) 
  • Prior to joining Farmingdale State College, Professor LoPiccolo was an adjunct professor in the School of Architecture and Design, NYIT, where she taught five architectural courses:  Design Fundamentals I (AAID 101), Design Fundamentals II (AAID 102), Architectural Design I (ARCH 201), Architectural Design II (ARCH 202), and Architectural Design IV (ARCH 302)
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