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Anna Dyson

Founding Director /Hines Professor

Anna Dyson is the Hines Professor of Architectural Design at the Yale Schools of Architecture and the Environment. She is the founding Director of the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (Yale CEA). Recipient of the Innovator Award from Architectural Record in 2015, Anna’s designs for novel architectural and environmental systems have been recognized with multiple international awards and patents, including a 1st prize from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for the Integrated Concentrating Solar Façade and Climate Camouflage systems, multiple Architect R&D Awards for systems including the Solar Enclosure for Water Reuse (SEWR) and the Active Modular Phytoremediation System (AMPS). Multiple systems are being deployed into buildings, with the AMPS system recently installed into the Public Safety Answering Center (PSAC II) in the Bronx, included in the Best Architecture of 2017 by the Wall St. Journal, as the first full scale test of the production of fresh air from within a building through plant-based air handling systems. Anna’s work has been exhibited at venues including the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The World Future Energy Summit (WFES), The National Building Museum and The Center for Architecture.

Anna is leading Yale CEA’s partnership with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and UN Habitat to deploy a series of Ecological Living Modules (ELMs) into sites around the world to demonstrate novel ecological approaches towards solving the global housing crisis.