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.


| Manlius, NY | Summer 2013 |

| Single Family House | Proposal |

The Waterfall House is a proposal for a complete renovation of the existing single family house near Syracuse, New York. The house is perched above 70 foot waterfall, with incredible views of its surroundings. Originally designed as a modernist composition of cubes, the house lacks desired connectivity of internal flow between spaces, and the building envelope is under-performing thermally due to non-adequate heating and cooling systems. Experientially, the goal was to ameliorate a hard line contrast between hot and cold, dark and light interior spaces produced by the cubical composition. Using parametric day-lighting simulation we explored various geometric wrapping strategies that would enable such softening effects, as well as mediate the weather fluctuation. The day-lighting effects caused by the saw-tooth geometry expanding the roof surface area toward solar gain would minimize the use of energy resources, as well as allow for the creation of gradient fields of experiential lighting qualities to support new interior spatial flows of proposed organization.

| DESIGN PRINCIPAL: Dana Cupkova | DESIGN TEAM: Travis Fitch, Michael Esposito, Chris Ryan, Sonny Eric Xu, Yeung Shin | TECHNICAL CONSULTANT: Andy McDonald CCC&M, LLC |