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.

M_House System

| Buffalo, NY | Summer 2009 |

| Single Family House | Proposal |

The M_House system is intended for the design and fabrication of ecologically friendly homes. It is derived from a reversal of the Butler Building frame. The 'M' morphology allows for better lighting control, water capture and snow collection for insulating purposes. It uses an assembly process in which prefabricated panels and ribs are brought together to form prefabricated modules which are then shipped to the site and joined. The M_House is composed of two basic elements – ribs and panels. The 16” depth of the rib allows the infill panels to be staggered, enabling the appearance of curvilinear form using only flat stock materials. The parametric meta-model enables the rapid reconfiguration of the basic frame component sequence in response to specific climate and programmatic needs. Thus, effectively enabling to test multiple morphological, performative and programmatic strategies. The linear nature of the system means that later extension is simple, encouraging the design of small, potentially enlargeable dwellings. Panels and ribs are easily disassembled for either relocation or recycling.

Contemporary Green Prefab, Monsa: Amazon

| DESIGN PRINCIPALS: Dana Cupkova + Kevin Pratt | DESIGN TEAM: Monica Freundt, Kyriaki Kasabalis, Jamie Pelletier |