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. She is the director of the Thermal Architecture Lab, a cross-disciplinary laboratory at the intersection of thermodynamics, architectural design and material science. She is also part of the Center for Environmental Building & Design.

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 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 Research 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 co-curator of the energy pavilion in the 2017 Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism 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 serves as a co-chair of the 2021 international ACADIA conference.

Her recent peer reviewed publications include:

Aviv, Dorit, Aletheia Ida, et al. “Hydrogel-Based Evaporative and Radiative Cooling Prototype for Hot-Arid Climates.” Proceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design, May 27 2020: 273-280.

Aviv, Dorit, Miaomiao Hou, et al. “Simulating Invisible Light: Adapting Lighting and Geometry Models for Radiant Heat Transfer.” Proceedings of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design, 2020: 311-318.

Teitelbaum, Eric, Kian Wee Chen, Dorit Aviv et al. “Membrane-Assisted Radiant Cooling for Expanding Thermal Comfort Zones Globally without Air Conditioning.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, August 18, 2020, 202001678. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2001678117

Aviv, Dorit, Nicholas Houchois, and Forrest Meggers. “Thermal Reality Capture.” ACADIA 2019 Proceedings. Austin, TX, 2019. http://papers.cumincad.org/data/works/att/acadia19_338.pdf

Aviv, Dorit, Eric Teitelbaum et al. “Generation and Simulation of Indoor Thermal Gradients: MRT for Asymmetric Radiant Heat Fluxes.” Proceedings of Building Simulation 2019: International Building Performance Association, Rome, 2019:381-388 http://www.ibpsa.org/proceedings/BS2019/BS2019_210702.pdf

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

Guo, Hongshan, Dorit Aviv et al. “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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2019.06.014

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/24751448.2018.1497367

Aviv, Dorit, and Eric Teitelbaum. “Thermally Informed Bending: Relating Curvature to Heat Generation Through Infrared Sensing.” Humanizing Digital Reality, Springer, Singapore, 2018: 361–71. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-6611-5_31

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/00038628.2019.1566112