Dyson, Anna

Sep 11, 2011    

Director, CASE

Anna Helen Dyson is Professor of Architectural Design, Theory and Technology. She is the Director of the Center of Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), an entity spanning several institutional collaborators, and co-hosted by Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The mission of CASE is to create an exceptional context for translational research focusing on the innovation of disruptive building technologies. CASE is collaborating with several industrial partners on next generation environmental control systems development and their demonstration and deployment on several building projects worldwide.

Through CASE, Dyson is directing interdisciplinary research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation to develop new building systems that integrate applications of emerging technology from diverse research fields. CASE is committed to creating a bridge between multiple fields by proposing a new collaborative model for building research that straddles interdisciplinary technological innovation concurrent with building and development practices. The consortium attempts to achieve this without the schism that has typically divorced building science pursuits from the aesthetic, social aspirations of architectural design, which, for the consortium participants, remain inseparable from the quest for technological innovation.

Dyson has worked as a design architect and product designer in internationally recognized practices in Canada, Europe, and the United States. She has won several international design awards for her work and holds multiple international patents for building systems for on-site energy generation.

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