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.


| Vertical Design Studio | Spring 2010 & 2011 |

| Cornell University | Instructor: Dana Cupkova with Lise Anne Couture |

The UNBOXED studio attempts to reconsider the architecture of the Big Box art museum. The focus is to examine a tension between architectural spatial experience and architecture as generalized container for art. Despite the recent explosion of extravagant formal expressiveness in contemporary museum building design in the last decade, the myth of the white-box ideal remains. The notion that art needs complete contextual neutrality is still coded within the formal and organizational rules of institutional "modernity". Our focus is on re-negotiating a set of presumed binary conditions: the art container vs. its urban context; and the container vs. the contained objects. Through understanding of subtle formal variations built into architectural systems, we investigate more complex organizational strategies that would offer alternative networks of connectivity binding the light and circulation within the choreography of viewing art; that is also informed by the effects and organization of the proposed enclosure. The goal is a creation of a new charter for transitional public spaces fused with the site, while addressing specific curatorial philosophies and artistic practices that are current today, or have yet to be discovered. This studio was taught collaboratively as a two part series in the spring semesters of 2010 and 2011.

AAP News Spring 2010

| STUDENTS: Carla Martinez, Johann Schweig, Chiayu Peng, Xiang Zhang, Pak Kiu Wong, Zheng Huang, Qiaolun Huang, Aurgho Jyoti |