Renewable bio-based circular material economies in timber, post-agricultural by-products and plant-based bioremediation

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Nick Novelli, Justin Shultz, Mohamed Aly Etman, Kenton Phillips, Melanie Derby, Peter Stark, Michael Jensen + Anna Dyson (In review 2021)

System-scale modeling of a building envelope-Integrated, transparent concentrating photovoltaic and thermal collector

Proceedings of IBPC. International Building Physics Conference, Copenhagen (2021)

Nick Novelli, Kenton Phillips, Justin Shultz, Melanie Derby, Peter Stark, Michael Jensen, J. Craft, + Anna Dyson (2021)

Renewable Energy (2021)

Nick Novelli, Justin Shultz, Mohamed Aly Etman, Kenton Phillips, Michael Jensen, Jason Vollen + Anna Dyson (In review 2021)

Towards Energy-Positive Buildings Through a Quality-Matched Energy Flow Strategy

Proceedings of SDEWES. SDEWES, Dobrovnik (2021)

Nick Novelli, Justin Shultz, Anna Dyson + Mohamed Aly Etman (In review 2021)

"Distributed sensing for indoor environments: Comparing measured and simulated indoor airflow data for complex commercial building interiors"

Proceedings of BS2021. Building Simulation 2021, Bruges (2021)

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Aleca Borsuk, Christina Ciardullo, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson

Growth Media Design (2021)

Marco Raugei, Naomi Keena, Nick Novelli, Mohamed Aly Etman + Anna Dyson (2021)

Journal of Industrial Ecology (2021)

Phoebe Mankiewicz, Christina Ciardullo, Andreas Theodoridis, Elizabeth Hénaff + Anna Dyson (In review 2021).

Indoor Environmental Parameters: Considering Measures of Microbial Ecology in the Characterization of Indoor Air Quality

Submitted to ASHRAE Journal (2021)

Anna Dyson, Naomi Keena, Alan Organschi, Lisa Gray, Nick Novelli, Kipp Bradford + Mark Radka (2020, November)

In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (Vol. 588, No. 4, p. 042027). IOP Publishing (2020)

Mohamed Aly Etman, Naomi Keena + Anna Dyson (2020, November)

In IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science (Vol. 588, No. 3, p. 032062). IOP Publishing (2020)

Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman + Anna Dyson (2021)

In Proceedings of the 2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: Carbon. Pennsylvania State University, virtual conference (2020)

Nick Novelli, Kenton Phillips, Justin Shultz, Melanie Derby, Peter Stark, Michael Jensen, Jesse Craft + Anna Dyson (2020)

Experimental Investigation of a Building Envelope-Integrated, Transparent Concentrating Photovoltaic and Thermal Collector

In Proceedings of SDEWES. Cologne (2020)

Anna Dyson, Naomi Keena, Alan Organschi, Lisa Gray, Nick Novelli, Kipp Bradford, Mohamed Aly Etman, Matt Gindlesparger, Hind Wildman, Jonathan Duwyn, Martina Otto, Sophie Loran, Catherine Beltrandi + Mark Radka (2020)

Proceedings of the World Sustainable Built Environment Conference, 9 (2020)

Naomi Keena + Anna Dyson (2020)

Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture, Yale University and United Nations One Planet Network Sustainable Buildings and Construction Programme (2020)

Naomi Keena, Marco Raugei + Anna Dyson (2019)

In Emergy Synthesis 10, Proceedings of the 10th Biennial Emergy Conference (2019)

Naomi Keena, Marco Raugei, Mohamed Aly Etman, Daniel Ruan + Anna Dyson (2018)

Ecological Modelling, 367, 42-57 (2018)

Nick Novelli, Brandon Andow, Scott Overall, Christopher Morse + Mohamed Aly Etman (2018)

In Proceedings of the International Building Physics Conference. Syracuse, NY (2018)

Nick Novelli, Robert Gordon, + Igor Varfolomeev (2018)

In Facade Tectonics Institute 2018 World Congress Proceedings Volume 2, 355–64. Los Angeles (2018)

C.W. Letchford, D.C. Lander, P. Case, A. Dyson, M. Amitay (2017)

Reynolds Number of 104, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Volume 150, Pages 22-30 (2017)

Anna Dyson, Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman + McCusker, J (2017)

Poster and Demonstration at the Grand Challenges Meeting, Washington D.C. (2017)

Eli Lichter-Mark, Mohamed Aly Etman + Anna Dyson (2017)

Simulation of building integrated solar energy storage system in hot humid climates

PLEA 2016 Los Angeles: Towards Regenerative Environments (2017)

Mohamed Aly Etman, Naomi Keena + Anna Dyson (2017)

Edinburgh: 33rd International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Design to Thrive. (2017)

Naomi Keena + Anna Dyson (2017)

Embodied energy and design (pp. 196-205). New York: Columbia University GSAPP Lars Müller (2017)

Berardo Matalucci, Kenton Phillips, Walf, A., Anna Dyson + Josh Draper (2017)

International Journal of Architectural Computing, 15(1), 54-69 (2017)

Mae-Ling Lokko, Anna Dyson + Alexandra Rempel (2017)

PLEA 2016 Los Angeles: Towards Regenerative Environments (2017)

Naomi Keena, Brennen, A. + Anna Dyson (2017)

Presentation at Grand Challenges Meeting, Washington D.C. (2017)

Kenton Phillips, Alexandra Rempel + Anna Dyson (2017)

PLEA 2016 Los Angeles - 36th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments (2017)

Keena, N., Aly M., Diniz, N., Rempel A., Dyson A. (2017)

In Proceedings of the 9th biennial emergy conference. Center for Environmental Policy, University of Florida Gainesville, FL (2017)

Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman, Josh Draper, Paulo Pinheiro + Anna Dyson (2017)

Electronic Imaging 2016, no. 1,1-7 (2017)

Elise Patton, Jayamary Divya Ravichandar, Matthew Urschel, Kristin Bennett, Anna Dyson, Rogers, K., Claire Collins + McGuinness, D. (2016)

Augmenting Functional Microbiome Research using a Semantically-Enabled Analytical Infrastructure

In Proceedings of the Bio-Ontologies 2016 conference. International Society for computational biology (2016)

Chris Letchford, Daniel Lander, Peter Case, Anna Dyson + Michael Amitay (2016)

Reynolds Number of 10x4, Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, Volume 150, Pages 22-30. (2016)

Naomi Keena, Mohamed Aly Etman, Josh Draper, Paulo Pinheiro + Anna Dyson (2016)

Electronic Imaging, no. 1,1-7 (2016)

Bess Krietemeyer, Brandon Andow + Anna Dyson (2015)

International Journal of Architectural Computing 13.1 (2015): 1-24

Ahu Aydogan, Anna Dyson + Lupita Montoya (2015)

From a Lab Scale to the Building Scale: Formaldehyde Removal by a Plant Module.

Proceedings of Healthy Buildings America (2015)

Nick Novelli, Justin Shultz + Anna Dyson (2015)

Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD), Washington DC, April 2015. Society for Computer Simulation International (2015)

Mohamed Aly Etman, Nick Novelli, Justin Shultz, Kenton Phillips, Brandon Andow + Anna Dyson (2015)

Proceedings of the PLEA Conference. Bologna (2015)

Anne Wrobetz, Ahu Aydogan + Lupita Montoya (2015)

Physical and Biological Characterization of Porous Media for VOC Removal

Proceedings of American Association for Aerosol Research 34th Annual Conference (2015)

Mae-Ling Lokko, Anna Dyson + Jason Vollen

Proceedings of the XXV International Union of Architect's World Congress, Durban, South Africa, 3-7 August 2014. Ed. Amira Osman, Gerhard Bruyns and Clinton Aigbavboa. Durban: UIA 2014 Durban. pgs.1368-83 (2014)

Bess Krietemeyer (2014)

19th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia-Rethinking Comprehensive Design: Speculative Counterculture, CAADRIA 2014. The Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) (2014)

David Menicovich (2014)

Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics 133: 263-273 (2014)

Brandon Andow (2013)

Proceedings of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) Conference on Sensors and Smart Structures (2013)

Anna Dyson, Ahu Aydogan, Jason Vollen, Marianne Nyman + Jeffrey Bird (2013)

Building-Integrated Active Modular Phytoremediation System

Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Annual Meeting, 32d (2013)

Pablo Lorenzo-Eiroa + Aaron Sprecher (2013)

Architecture in Formation: On the Nature of Information in Digital Architecture

Routledge (2013)

​David Menicovich (2012)

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats Technical Paper(Issue IV): 18-23 (2012)

Ahu Aydogan + Lupita D. Montoya (2011)

Atmospheric Environment 45 (16): 2675-82 (2011)

Abhay Thomas (2011)

Advanced Materials 27.21 (2015): 3256-3265

Elizabeth Krietemeyer, Shane Smith + Anna Dyson (2011)

Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2011. Vol. 7976. International Society for Optics and Photonics (2011)

SOM (2009)

LafargeHolcim Awards Prize Winners | Next Generation | Reconnecting with Vegetation

L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui Hors-Série No. 35 (2021)

Architecture | Design | Data
Practice Competency in the Era of Computation

Birkhäuser (2021)

Embodied Energy and Design: Making Architecture Between Metrics and Narratives

Columbia University GSAPP and Lars Müller Publishers (2017)

Prototyping for Architects

Thames & Hudson (2016)

Mars in the Bronx

Oculus Magazine (2015)

The New Shape of Facades

Architectural Products (2014)

Permanent Change

Princeton Architectural Press (2014)

Structural Seaweed? Tech Is Helping Designers Create New Building Materials.

Metropolis (2014)

Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes

Routledge (2013)

Architecture in Formation

Routledge (2013)

Bio-Mechanical Pod System Produces Fresh Air

Evolvo (2012)

Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production

Routledge (2012)

Active Phytoremediation Wall System

Architect Magazine (2012)

Inside Prefab.

Princeton Architectural Press (2012)

Bio Design: Nature + Science + Creativity.

MoMA Publications (2012)

BIM in Academia

Yale School of Architecture (2011)

Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse

Architect (2011)


SNAP (2011)

Urban Intervention

Metropolis (2010)

Building Envelopes: An Integrated Approach

Princeton Architectural Press (2010)


Summa + (2010)

RPI Alumni Magazine (2010)

Environmental Tectonics: Forming Climatic Change.

Architectural Association Publications (2010)

Toxic Territories

Architectural Design (2010)

Japanese Architecture and Urbanism

Architecture and Urbanism Magazine (2010)

Closing the Gap: Information Models in Contemporary Design Practice: Architectural Design

Architectural Design (2009)


Prattfolio (2009)

SOM Journal 6.

SOM (2009)

Making A Case For Innovation

The Architect's Newspaper (2009)

Architectural Transformation via BIM

Architecture and Urbanism (2009)

University of Arizona's SEED [pod] House

Architect Magazine (2009)

A CASE in Point

Metropolis (2009)

Smart Surfaces and their Application

De Gruyter (2009)

Design and Nature IV.

WIT Press (2008)

A Bold Step Toward Sustainable Architecture

RPI Magazine (2008)

Issue No. 7.

Praxis Journal (2015)

Evolutionary Techniques in Architecture

Architectural Design (2004)

The Solar Race

Metropolis (2004)

SOM 2021 Research Prize
Soil Sisters: An Intersectoral Material Design Framework for Soil Health

“Soil Sisters” aims to investigate a new paradigm for connecting agricultural waste to large-scale regional material supply chains, in which improving soil nutrition and soil resiliency underpins the design goal of providing cross-sectoral environmental performance through the provision of new biomaterial construction systems.

LafargeHolcim Names North American Next Generation Prize Winners

Architect Magazine (2021)

Global ambition: ‘Reinventing the DNA of the built environment’

Yale News (2021)

From concrete to steel, how construction makes up the ‘last mile’ of decarbonization

Fortune (2021)

YSoA News: Great Green Wall Implementation Status and Way Ahead to 2030 Report

YSoA News (2019)

Africa Business: Smart housing prototype shows promise in rapidly urbanizing Afric

Africa Business (2019)

UN News: Smart housing prototype shows promise in rapidly urbanizing Africa

UN News (2019)

10 Radical Tiny Homes That Challenge What You Know About Micro Living

Dwell (2019)

enel foundation: Science, innovation and entrepreneurship at UN in Kenya

enel Foundation (2019)

Metropolis: Super-Sustainable Dwelling, Built to Push the Limits of Self-Sufficiency, Goes on View at U.N. Headquarters

Metropolis (2018)

The Architect's Newspaper: Yale University and UN Environment design self-sufficient tiny home

The Architect's Newspaper (2018)

Curbed: Tiny house from UN Environment and Yale raises the bar for eco-living

Curbed (2018)

Bloomberg: Miracle in Midtown: Tiny House May Be Answer to a Global Crisis

Bloomberg (2018)

Architect: Ecological Living Module (ELM)

Architect Magazine (2018)

8 Shelter-Design Innovations Provide High-Tech, Eco-Friendly Paths to Permanence

RedShift Autodesk (2018)

New Atlas: UN and Yale team up to offer big ideas on tiny living

New Atlas (2018)

INHABITAT: UN Environment and Yale present a sustainable tiny home in NYC


UN News: UN Environment, Yale University demonstrate how to make modern living sustainable with new eco-housing module

UN News (2018)

Yale News: Yale School of Architecture and UN Environment unveil Eco Living Module

Yale News (2018)

"The Data Journey (DJ) Environment"

Vimeo (2017)

Rensselaer Data Project Addresses Childhood Stunting in Developing Nations.

Every Day Matters RPI (2016)

An imposing building that hums with life-saving capacity

New York Times (2016)

CASE Project in Ghana Tackles Agricultural Waste.

Every Day Matters RPI (2016)

Architectural Record Honors Anna Dyson

Every Day Matters RPI (2015)

Ineffable Architecture, Computation and the Inexpressible

Oro Publishers (2015)

Researchers Unveil Green Wall Prototype

Every Day Matters RPI (2014)

Buildings R&D  Breakthroughs

U.S. Department of Energy (2012)

Post-Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering

Columbia GSAPP, Princeton Architectural Press (2012)


China/ Asia on Demand (2010)

Pretty and efficient.

PV Magazine (2010)

The sustainable future of fabric

Fabric Architecture Mag (2008)

Juice From Solar Concentrate

Spectrum IEE (2008)

A cutting edge solar home

Tucson Citizen (2008)