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Marilyne Andersen


Marilyne Andersen is Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) at EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne).

She became a Member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in January 2015, and will join its Academic Committee in January 2019.

Marilyne Andersen was the Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering (ENAC) from 2013 to 2018 and is the Chair of the Scientific Commission for the development of the smart living lab in Fribourg, Switzerland. Before joining EPFL, she was Assistant then Associate Professor tenure-track 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 & 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 is co-founder of the EPFL start-up OCULIGHT dynamics Sàrl, providing specialized consulting services regarding human-centric daylighting.

She was the first laureate of The Award for Daylight Research of the Villum and Velux Foundations 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 also the leader and faculty advisor of the Swiss Team and its solar housing NeighborHub project, who won the US Solar Decathlon 2017 competition with 8 podiums out of 10 contests. She is an expert to the Innovation Council of InnoSuisse, founding member of the Daylight Academy and founding member as well as Board member of the Foundation Culture du Bâti (CUB).

Marilyne Andersen 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, and moderated the LafargeHolcim Awards Lab workshop on the architectural/building scale in Mexico City in September 2018. She will be a workshop moderator for Shifting the flows, pulling the strings: Stocks, flows, and their dynamics at the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction to be held in Cairo, Egypt in April 2019.

Last Updated: November 01, 2018
Lausanne, Switzerland
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