Solar Energy Systems

In our studios, we take on the major challenges facing architecture and urban design: prioritizing social and environmental justice; integrating natural processes to foster biodiversity, and; transitioning to circular material economies.

Yale CEA at New Lab

"As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it."

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



We create frameworks for local communities and cultures to leverage global climate and economic patterns to create new commercial opportunities for environmental and financial security.


We are interdisciplinary teams exploring the interactions between plants, animals and the environment to radically transform the way we design energy, water and built infrastructures.

From the microscopic to the telescopic, our methods aim to bolster biodiversity and resiliency through clean life-supporting energy, sustainable water capture and renewable material production.

Directed by Anna Dyson, Yale CEA unites researchers and practitioners across multiple fields, synthesizing innovations in science, art and humanities towards ecosystems that prioritize the requirements of living organisms and ecologies.

Our mission is to transform the DNA of the Built Environment, which is currently the sector responsible for the largest real-time climate change impacts and the consumption/production of toxic, non-renewable resources.


Yale CEA's research and design are published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and international policy outlets such as reports for the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). Our work has also been widely featured in leading online and print media such as The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and various Architectural Design magazines such as A+U, Metropolis, Dezeen, Architect Magazine, and Dwell.  


Our work has received international recognition for innovation in architectural design, scientific research, and artistic achievement, from institutions such as First Prize for Innovation from the American Institute of Architects (AIA); Award of Excellence from the US Green Building Council (USGBC); Award for Most Innovative Academic Program from the American (ACADIA); New York Design Award; Young Architects Program from MoMA PS1; Women in Architecture Awards; Holcim Award; Chicago Atheneum; Good Green Design Award. 


Yale CEA works with government, not-for-profit and industry sponsors and partners that share our mission to advance social and environmental justice through innovative design. Sponsored research programs enable us to generate new knowledge and further innovative socio-environmental methods: National Science Foundation (NSF); United States Department of Energy (US DOE); US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA); Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR); New Energy Xcelerator in Upstate New York (NEXUS-NY); New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC-DDC); Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation San Francisco Foundation; Baruch Foundation, Enel Foundation, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Habitat.

Yale CEA is an academic collaboration between the Yale schools of Architecture, Environment, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Engineering and Applied Sciences.



Inhabiting Multi-Scale Environmental Data


Yale CEA unites practitioners across multiple fields in the development of novel systems for the Built Environment, that support equitable biodiversity.

Dyson/ Sharples/ Keena Biomaterials Fabrication Hub Studio, Northampton Massachusetts 

We develop computational + material systems to transform the lifecycle of society through our projects. We partner with AEC Industry to accelerate the deployment of novel systems by testing performance within scaled-up built environments. 

Our transdisciplinary research intersects with the following areas: air, biotic, data, ecosystem, energy, food, health, material, and water. Our designs prioritize the creation of biodiverse environments.


We collaborate closely with leading researchers across many disciplines and unite them with practicing architects, engineers, and community organizations to leverage real building and urban sites as testbeds to accelerate the adoption of paradigm-shifting environmental strategies.