Graduate Architecture

Dorit Aviv


Dorit Aviv, AIA, is an architect and researcher specializing in the fields of energy and ecology. Currently a Ph.D candidate at Princeton University, her work investigates the relationship between thermodynamics, geometry and material science.

Her Current Projects include a prototype for passive cooling in desert climate built in collaboration with the University of Arizona and supported by a Microsoft Industry Grant, and a radiant cooling pavilion in Singapore, achieving below dew point surface cooling with no condensation, built in collaboration between Princeton University, ETH, UC Berkeley, and UBC.

Prior to Penn, Aviv taught at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, and Princeton University and has practiced in design roles at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, KPF New York and Shanghai, and Atelier Raimund Abraham. She earned an M.Arch and certificate in urban planning from Princeton University’s School of Architecture and Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy in 2014. She completed her B.Arch at The Cooper Union in 2009.

Aviv was the curator of the energy pavilion in the 2017 Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism along with Forrest Meggers and had previously exhibited at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale and The New Museum Ideas City. Her work has been supported by a number of grants and honors including an NSF grant in 2018, Tides Foundation grant in 2015, the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for exceptional achievement in architectural design in 2014 and the AIA Henry Adams Medal in 2009. 

Her recent peer reviewed publications include:

Aviv, Dorit, Eric Teitelbaum, Tyler Kvochick, and Forrrest Meggers, “Generation and Simulation of Indoor Thermal Gradients.” Building Simulation 2019, Rome, 2019.

Hongshan Guo, Dorit Aviv, Mauricio Loyola, Eric Teitelbaum, Nicholas Houchois, Forrest Meggers, “On the understanding of the Mean Radiant Temperature within both the indoor and outdoor environment, a critical review.” Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 108 (2019): 365-378.

Aviv, Dorit. “No Longer an Object: Thermodynamics and New Dimensions of Architectural Design.” 107th ACSA Annual Meeting: Black Box Proceedings. Pittsburgh, PA, March 2019

Teitelbaum, Eric, Adam Rysanek, Jovan Pantelic, Dorit Aviv, Simon Obelz, Alexander Buff, Yongqiang Luo, Denon Sheppard, and Forrest Meggers. “Revisiting radiant cooling: condensation-free heat rejection using infrared-transparent enclosures of chilled panels.” Architectural Science Review (2019): 1-8.

Aviv, Dorit, and Axel Kilian. “Climate-Adaptive Volume: Solving the Motion Envelope of a Reconfigurable Cooling Aperture for Desert Climate.”  Technology| Architecture+ Design 2, no. 2 (2018): 186-195.

Aviv, Dorit, and Eric Teitelbaum. “Thermally Informed Bending: Relating Curvature to Heat Generation Through Infrared Sensing.” Humanizing Digital Reality, 361–71. Springer, Singapore 2018.

Aviv, Dorit. “Adaptive Roof Aperture for Multiple Cooling Conditions.” SimAUD 2018 Conference Proceedings, Delft, 2018.

Aviv, Dorit, and Forrest Meggers. “Cooling Oculus for Desert Climate – Dynamic Structure for Evaporative Downdraft and Night Sky Cooling.” CISBAT 2017 International Conference Future Buildings & Districts – Energy Efficiency from Nano to Urban Scale 122, no. Supplement C (September 1, 2017): 1123–28. doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2017.07.474.

Meggers, Forrest, Dorit Aviv, Victor Charpentier, Eric Teitelbaum, Adam Ainslie, Sigrid Adriaenssens. “Co-optimization of Solar Tracking for Shading and Photovoltaic Energy Conversion.” Building Simulation 2017, San Francisco, CA, Aug. 2017.