Graduate Architecture

Dorit Aviv

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Dorit Aviv, PhD, AIA, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Weitzman School of Design, specializing in energy and ecology. Her research centers on the relationship between thermodynamics, architectural design and material science.

Aviv holds a PhD in architectural technology from Princeton University, an M.Arch degree with a certificate in urban policy from Princeton University, and a B.Arch degree from The Cooper Union.

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, a net-zero off-grid floating lab on the East River, a Wharton Ripple grant for monitoring energy usage across the Penn campus using distributed ledger technology with William Braham, and a radiant cooling pavilion in Singapore, achieving below dewpoint surface cooling with no condensation, in collaboration with ETH, UC Berkeley, and UBC.

Prior to Penn, Aviv taught at The Cooper Union, Pratt Institute, and Princeton University. She is a licensed architect and has practiced in design roles at Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, KPF New York and Shanghai, and Atelier Raimund Abraham. She 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 the National Science Foundation, the Tides Foundation, Microsoft, Princeton’s Office of Sustainability and the Council on Science and Technology. She is the recipient of the Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize for exceptional achievement in architectural design and the AIA Henry Adams Medal.

Her recent peer reviewed publications include:

Aviv, Dorit, Aletheia Ida, et al. “Hydrogel-Based Evaporative and Radiative Cooling Prototype for Hot-Arid Climates.” SimAUD 2020, 2020.

Aviv, Dorit, Miaomiao Hou, et al. “Simulating Invisible Light: Adapting Lighting and Geometry Models for Radiant Heat Transfer.” SimAUD2020, 2020.

Aviv, Dorit, Nicholas Houchois, and Forrest Meggers. “Thermal Reality Capture.” ACADIA 2019 Proceedings. Austin, TX, 2019.

Aviv, Dorit, Eric Teitelbaum, Tyler Kvochick, Kipp Bradford and Forrrest Meggers, “Generation and Simulation of Indoor Thermal Gradients: MRT for Asymmetric Radiant Heat Fluxes.” Proceedings of Building Simulation 2019: International Building Performance Association, Rome, 2019.

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

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, 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 (2017): 1123–28.

Guo, Hongshan, 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.

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.

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