I am a daylighting researcher and writer. I focus on the health impact of daylight on moving subjects within an architectural and urban context.
Raised in a rural community in western Iowa, I have always balanced a wide variety of interests -- writing, literature, biology, architecture, languages, travel, and history. I finished my undergraduate education in architecture at MIT in 2010. There, I focused primarily on building technology and daylighting design, particularly as it relates to the biological needs of users and the historical development of building types. I also studied Japanese and Spanish and work for a cumulative five and a half months in Japan and another three months in Spain. I participated in a number of theater groups by doing publicity design and management.
Warren Distribution, Omaha, NE, US, Environmental Intern
Helped develop a classification process for the labeling of potentially hazardous chemicals.
Kuník de Morsier architectes, Lausanne, CH, Daylighting intern
I modeled the daylighting potential of two suburban developments, one in Switzerland one in Kosovo. I conducted interviews and proposed densification strategies for each context.
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), LIPID lab, Lausanne, CH, Web intern
I worked independently to research and write copy for the D-LITE project, a compendium of daylighting solutions for architects. I requested samples from manufacturers and photographed them under various angles of light. I also collected and edited photos appropriately for the website.
Design 1st, Intern
Built models of varying scales (1:100 to 1:30) to help determine construction details of a temple courtyard renovation project in Nagoya, Japan.
GRG Arquitectos, Intern
Designed home furniture. Researched design precedents, materials, and construction. Created renderings using AutoCAD and 3DS Max and presentations using Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.
Worked on daylighting simulations for an apartment complex, schematic design for a boutique interior, and other projects.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Daylighting Lab student researcher
Independent research in row house circadian lighting potential. Researched row house typologies, designed experiments, did computer simulations of interior daylight using the Ecotect-Daysim-Radiance software package, and performed data analysis. Co-published paper with Marilyne Andersen at Lux Europa 2009 conference.
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, CH, Masters, Energy management and sustainability
In this program, I have focused on researching passive strategies for healthy daylighting design in architectural and urban contexts. My coursework has included urban studies, energy conversion, sustainable design, and principles of management.
This program is partially in French.
Fontainebleau Schools, Americans School of Art
In this program, I completed four one-week projects in urbanism, landscape design, architectural design, and set design in groups of varying sizes.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Bachelors, School of Architecture and Urban Planning
I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Art and Design with a specialization in building technology and a minor in biology.