Marilyne Andersen is Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering (ENAC), at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL). She is also Head of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory of Performance-Integrated Design.
Before joining EPFL, she was Associate Professor in the Building Technology Group of the School of Architecture & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA and Head of the MIT Daylighting Lab that she founded in 2004.
Marilyne Andersen holds a Master of Science in Physics and specialized in daylighting through her PhD in Building Physics at EPFL in the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory and as a Visiting Scholar in the Building Technologies Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA, USA.
Her research focuses on building performance in the architectural context in general, and the use and optimization of daylight in buildings in particular. Specific topics she has been working on include: visual and thermal comfort; design tools in the early stages of the design process; goal-driven approaches in design; performance visualization; design implications of effects of light on circadian photoreception and health; advanced glazing and shading systems, daylight redirecting devices; video-based approaches in photometry.
She was selected as laureate of The Award for Daylight Research of the Velux Foundation in 2016, for combining research with practice and focusing on the impact of daylighting on the health, well-being, and experience of building users.
She was a Lab Operator in M-Lab dedicated to medium-scale projects at the 1st “Next Generation” Awards Lab held in New York City in September 2015.
Marilyne Andersen became a Member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in January 2015.
She participated in the 3rd LafargeHolcim Roundtable on “Re-materializing Construction” at the Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart, Germany in March 2018.