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Alpha Arsano


Alpha Arsano is a PhD candidate in Architecture & Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) based in Cambridge, MA, USA.

She is also a research assistant in the Sustainable Design Lab research group at MIT.

She is an architect with a great interest in maximizing passive building strategies in different climatic conditions. She studies the potential of natural ventilation in buildings, thermal comfort of occupants and effect of climate change in various climates around the globe.

She has developed a digital design tool that can inform building owners, architects and engineers at an early design stage. CLIMA+ is a prototype implemented to bring environmental elements into a built structure and aims to take maximum advantage of the resources from the natural environment. The underlying mission is to promote the design of buildings that use fewer air-conditioning systems and consume less energy.

She completed her Bachelor of Science in Architecture at Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction & City Development (EiABC) (2013).

She was a Transsolar Academy fellow (2014) and worked for Allmann Sattler Wappner Architects based in Munich, German.

Alpha Arsano was a workshop expert at the 6th International LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Cairo, April 4-6, 2019.

Last Updated: January 23, 2019
Cambridge, MA, USA
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