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Spring 2017 Student Lecture Series: Michelle Addington

Reframing the Narrative in Sustainable Design

Publication by Michelle Addington, professor at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
  • 01/11/2017

  • 6 PM 

  • Cascieri Hall
    Boston Architectural College
    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • communications@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Alumni, Students, Lectures

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for Reframing the Narrative in Sustainable Design, a public lecture by Michelle Addington on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.


As the field of architecture is under increasing scrutiny due to its role in energy consumption, and as the profession of architecture is quickly adopting advanced materials and fabrication methods, it might seem that the disciplines of architecture and engineering are finally occupying some common ground. This seemingly common ground, however, may be obscuring the lack of clarity in determining the fundamental problems and questions that should be foregrounded through collaboration. In this talk, Michelle Addington will introduce areas of mis-translation, speculating on their causes, and open up a dialogue on possible modes of rethinking disciplinary relationships to break new ground in sustainable design.

Michelle Addington holds a joint appointment with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and is educated as both an architect and engineer. Her teaching and research explore energy systems, advanced materials, and new technologies. Building on her dissertation research on the discrete control of boundary layer heat transfer using micro-machines, she has extended her work to defining the strategic relationships between the differing scales of energy phenomena and the possible actions from the domain of building construction. Ms. Addington's articles and chapters on energy, system design, HVAC, lighting, and advanced materials have appeared in several journals, books, and reference volumes. She coauthored the book Smart Materials and Technologies for the Architecture and Design Professions and just recently published "Emerging Technologies." Ms. Addington taught at Harvard University for ten years before coming to Yale in 2006. Her engineering background includes work at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and she spent a decade at DuPont as a process design and power plant engineer. In 2009 Architect magazine selected Ms. Addington as one of the country's top ten faculty in architecture.