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.


| 2nd Year Graduate Design Studio | Fall 2009-2011 |

| Cornell University | Instructor: Dana Cupkova |

Fuzzy Sets are the cornerstone of the mathematics of uncertainty. Fuzzy systems in mathematics refer to an approximate mode of reasoning, to a non-binary logic based on the notion of dynamic ranges. Parallel to that, this studio investigates the design of architectural objects that can fit within a behavioral range of specific ecological niches. Working on the edge of two distinct environments, water and land, we propose strategies for adaptation of matter into existing site strata, while negotiating the formal trends of dynamically controlled architectural systems. This studio introduces students to computation as a generative framework for architectural design, and integrates computational processes in order to speculate on specific design interventions within the urban environment. Through iterative investigations of scalar, formal, tectonic, and performative logics, students define and develop design protocols using geometric constraints. The goal is to establish a design response within a dynamic framework of geometrically defined tectonic system.

| STUDENTS: Jeannie Chung, Greg Gyulai, Seajun Ahn |