Architectural Design +
Research Collaborative

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EPIPHYTE Lab is a multidisciplinary design and research practice centered in Ithaca, New York. EPIPHYTE Lab produces built work, engages in speculative design projects, and serves as a vessel for interdisciplinary design research. Founded in 2009 by Dana Čupková and Kevin Pratt, both professors at Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and Cornell University respectively, EPIPHYTE Lab engages built environment at the intersection of ecology, computationally driven processes, and systems analysis.

EPIPHYTE Lab has been founded on the premise that innovative architecture occurs at disciplinary boundaries, where analysis, insight, research and the built environment bleed across traditional didactic precincts. Our work is grounded in four fundamental principles:

1. Architecture must be understood as continuous material process.
2. If we interrogate the world intelligently it will answer us in kind.
3. Resources are finite and precious.
4. Authorship is a dubious and ultimately irrelevant concept.

Practically, this means: We are not interested in making things; we seek to embed process in relevant cultural, ecological and material systems. We believe that ideas mutate when they meet an environment, real or virtual, and are best refined through iterative feedback loops: parametric analysis, simulation, evolutionary algorithms, prototypes and full scale construction. We understand that anytime we make something, we become consumers, and we suspect that environments that are tightly bound to specific ecologies of mind and matter have a better chance of being both effective and efficient. We realize that the work we do, collectively, is more than the sum of our individual efforts, consequently we look to create open systems that can exist, happily, beyond our ability to control.

EPIPHYTE Lab is an architectural design and research collaborative that continuously strives to network and engage new team knowledge:

CURRENT TEAM: / Nicolas Azel / Andrew Heumann / Michael Esposito / Yeliz Karadayi / Max Vanatta /

PAST TEAM: / Ying Lin / Chris Ryan / Yeung Shin / Travis Fitch / Sameera Razak / Sonny Eric Xu / Gretchen Craig / Sebastian Hernandez / Man Kim / Edward Yujoong Kim / Jamie Pelletier / Monica Freundt / Shujian Jian / Siyuan Ye / Daniel Marino / Karbi Chan Yuet / Jeremy Burke / Kyriaki Kasabalis / Brenda Petroff / Kelly Yarasavage / Sanny Ho-Yan Ng / Arthur Liu / James Ferullo / Patrick Delahoy /

EPIPHYTE Lab offers a full range of architectural services. CONTACT US with any questions or inquiries.