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.


| Thesis Projects | 2009-2010 |

| Cornell University | Thesis Adviser: Dana Cupkova with others |

These sample thesis projects showcase design investigations framed within a digital paradigm of component based design logic and adaptive modularity. Moving through multiple scales, from wall system to architectural system to urban self-organizational logic, the overarching design method propagates inquiries into repetition with adaptive variability which re-think, test, and prototype whole to part relationships that have material, formal and organizational implications for design. The Newfangled Blocks (Fitch) projects plays with coded specificity for gradual transformation of topology into an authored object. metaCave v.2 (Kim) tests component-based design strategies and their sequencing into construction while using readily available building materials and CAD/CAM technologies. Directed Autopoiesis (Shroff) is focused on self-organisational qualities of informal settlements while extracting their spatial logic into a game like system for semi-directed ad-hoc urban design.

| Students | 2010_Newfangled Blocks by Travis Fitch | 2009_MetaCAVE v2' by Eddy Man Kim | 2009_Directed Autopoiesis by Kayzad Shroff |