2018 March

Dana speaks at the CMUThink Pittsburgh event themed around Greening the Urban Environment. This Alumni Association University event introduces CMU’s innovative research and technology that could lead to healthier cities.

2018 March

Epiphyte Lab has been recognized as the Next Progressive design practice by ARCHITECT, The Journal of American Institute of Architects. Learn more about Epiphyte Lab’s design work in the interview with Dana.

2018 March

Dana presents Senyai: Vaulted Acoustics project at the Building Behaviors panel, 106th Annual Meeting ACSA, Denver, CO.

ENVIRONMENT, FORM, FEEDBACK: Adaptive Eco-Morphologies

| 3rd Year Core Design Studio | Fall 2015-17 |

| CMU School of Architecture | Coordinator & Instructor : Dana Cupkova | Section Instructors: Gretchen Craig, Marantha Dawkins, Matthew Huber, Eddy Man Kim, Matt Plecity | Wetware Workshop'16 with Marco Poletto |

This studio is founded on a premise that architecture is fundamentally a part of a larger planetary ecosystem. Initially, the studio is focused on understanding the larger ecology of the site, followed by a careful development of architectural objects and their aggregation at the urban scale. We negotiate spatial relationships among the site, water infrastructure, local ecologies and a proposed architectural tectonics. Environment Form Feedback negotiates building forms and their organization within its urban and ecological landscape. By engaging environmental patterns and identifying micro-climatic behaviors such as airflow, daylighting and water flow in early design stages, we move towards the design of discrete city forms and architectural interventions that translate across scales to give new shape to the contemporary city edge. Through a semester-long design project, students are introduced to both analog and computationally-based design techniques that integrate form-making with environmental simulation, in search of individualized architectural language.

Flux Competition Architect Magazine
Flux 2016

| STUDENTS: Gunn Chaiyapatranun, Somin Shim, Elizabeth Levy, Judy Li, Gao Yang, Veronica Wang, Serra Cizmeci, Hannah Martinez, Jacob Uhlenhopp, Isadora Martins, Brandon Darreff, Nicole Lee-Park, Alina Kramkova, Nika Postnikov, Christina Brown, Scarlet Tong, D.K Wang, Trent Wimbiscus, Megan Chin, Timothy Kalifa, Adam Kor, Rachel Baker, Kelly Li, Sinan Goral, Sophie Narhmann |