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Published on Dec 10, 2015
Talk on Dec. 3rd 2015
Dr. Hall entered the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan in 1977. Following a semester course in computer graphics, in 1980 he began to work as a student assistant in the Architecture and Planning Research Laboratory, developing software for a Computer Aided Engineering and Architectural Design System (CAEADS). After contemplating career options, he decided to apply to the doctoral program in architecture. The program accepted him and in 1994 he finally completed his dissertation on “The Architecture of Artificial-Gravity Environments for Long-Duration Space Habitation.” He continues to earn his living as a software developer. He accepted a post-doctoral fellowship to help develop computer-aided design in the Department of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and ultimately stayed in Hong Kong for 13 years. He’s now back at the University of Michigan as an “advanced visualization specialist” in the 3D Lab, in the Library’s Digital Media Commons, developing software for virtual reality and scientific visualization.
Space Architecture continues to be his expensive hobby. He continues to publish and present technical papers on artificial gravity in space habitat design. He was a founding member of the Space Architecture Technical Committee in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and chaired the committee from 2010 to 2014.