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Marilyne Andersen


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

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) in Cambridge, MA, 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 8 podiums out of 10 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).

Last Updated: July 08, 2021
Lausanne, Switzerland
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