Marilyne Andersen

Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Head, Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

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    Regional Holcim Awards jury meetings, Eclépens, Switzerland - July 2020.

    Marilyne Andersen, Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) at the EPFL in Lausanne; Head of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation; and was a member of all regional Holcim Awards juries in 2020.

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    Marilyne Andersen is Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Dean of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne), Switzerland, and a Member of the Board, and Head of the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.

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    First-ever virtual meetings of LafargeHolcim Awards juries

    The first-ever online jury meeting of the LafargeHolcim Awards including Marilyne Andersen, Head of the Academic Committee of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction (right), and Benno Hossbach, Director of [phase eins], covered four time zones and was coordinated from Switzerland.

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    First-ever virtual meetings of Holcim Awards juries

    Marilyne Andersen, Head of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation, represents the sponsor of the competition on all five regional juries.

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    6th LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction – Cairo, April 2019.

    Marilyne Andersen, Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne), Switzerland and member of the Board and of the Academic Committee, LafargeHolcim Foundation presents the outcomes of the Green Workshop – Shifting the flows, pulling the strings: Stocks, flows, and their dynamics.

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    Marilyne Andersen, Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne); member of the Board and of the Academic Committee, LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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    6th LafargeHolcim Forum for Sustainable Construction – Cairo, April 2019.

    Workshop moderator discussion (l-r): Stuart Smith, Director, Arup (United Kingdom); Anna Heringer, Honorary Professor, UNESCO Chair for Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development (Austria); Werner Sobek, Director, Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design, University of Stuttgart (Germany); Marilyne Andersen, Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Harry Gugger, Professor for Architectural & Urban Design, both Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Switzerland).

Marilyne Andersen is Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; and a Member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation.

Last updated: April 30, 2021 Lausanne, Switzerland

Marilyne Andersen is Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and Head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL Lausanne), Switzerland.

She joined the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in 2015 and was a member of the Academic Committee of the Holcim Foundation (2019-22) and Head of the Academic Committee (2020-22).

Marilyne Andersen was Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering (ENAC) (2013-18) and is the Academic Director of the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg, Switzerland. Before joining EPFL, she was Assistant, and then Associate Professor tenure-track in the Building Technology Group of the School of Architecture & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and Head of the MIT Daylighting Lab that she founded in 2004.

She holds a Master of Science in Physics and specialized in daylighting through her PhD in Building Physics at EPFL in the Solar Energy & Building Physics Laboratory, and as a Visiting Scholar in the Building Technologies Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, CA, USA.

Her research activities at LIPID focus on the integration of building performance in design with an emphasis on daylighting around the themes of health, perception, comfort, and energy. She is co-founder of the EPFL start-up OCULIGHT dynamics, providing specialized consulting services regarding human-centric daylighting.

She is the author of over 150 refereed scientific papers, several of which have received distinctions. She was the first laureate of the Award for Daylight Research of the Villum & Velux Foundations in 2016, for combining research with practice and focusing on the impact of daylighting on the health, wellbeing, and experience of building users. She chaired the Jury of the Daylight Award in 2018.

She was the leader and faculty advisor of the Swiss Team and its solar housing NeighborHub project, that won the US Solar Decathlon (2017) competition with eight podiums out of ten contests. She is an expert to the Innovation Council of InnoSuisse, founding member of the Daylight Academy and founding member as well as Board member of the Foundation Culture du Bâti (CUB). She also was a Visiting Professor in Architecture & Sustainable Design (ASD) at the Singapore University of Technology & Design in 2019.

She participated in the 3rd Holcim Roundtable on “Re-materializing Construction” at the Institute for Lightweight Structures & Conceptual Design (ILEK), University of Stuttgart, Germany (2018). She moderated the Holcim Awards Lab workshop medium scale projects in New York City (2015) and on the architectural/building scale in Mexico City (2018) and was a workshop moderator for Shifting the flows, pulling the strings: Stocks, flows, and their dynamics at the 6th International Holcim Forum held in Cairo, Egypt (2019).

Marilyne Andersen was a member of all regional Holcim Awards juries (2020) and the Global Holcim Awards jury (2021).