The Architecture of the Unfamiliar with Michelle Addington as part of the Stephan Weiss Visiting Lectureship on Business Strategy, Negotiation and Innovation.
The annual Stephan Weiss Visiting Lectureship was launched to commemorate the life of the late artist and sculptor Stephan Weiss, husband and business partner of fashion designer Donna Karan.
Prior to teaching at Yale, Ms. Addington taught at Harvard University for ten years and before that at Temple University and Philadelphia University. Her background includes work at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, where she developed structural data for composite materials and designed components for unmanned spacecraft.
Ms. Addington then spent a decade as a process design and power plant engineer as well as a manufacturing supervisor at DuPont, and after studying architecture, she was an architectural associate at a firm based in Philadelphia. She researches discrete systems and technology transfer, and she serves as an adviser on energy and sustainability for many organizations, including the Department of Energy and the AIA.
Her chapters and articles on energy, environmental systems, lighting, and materials have appeared in many books and journals and she recently co-authored Smart Materials and Technologies for the Architecture and Design Professions.
Architecture professor Michelle Addington looks at a case where an architect collaborated with a physicist and neurobiologist to study how different wavelengths of light reflect off of certain surfaces.
Architecture professor Michelle Addington explains how the design of glass skyscrapers in the Persian Gulf reduces the ability of the eye to see because of the contrast of bright sunlight outside and low light levels inside.