Sharon Gochenour

Sharon Gochenour

Missouri Valley, IA, US



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.

Dec 2014 - Mar 2016

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.

Feb 2014 - Apr 2014

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.

Jun 2012 - Sep 2012

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.

May 2011 - Jun 2011

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.

Jul 2010 - Sep 2010

ISSHO, Intern

Worked on daylighting simulations for an apartment complex, schematic design for a boutique interior, and other projects.

Jun 2009 - Aug 2009

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.

Jun 2008 - May 2009


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.

Sep 2012 - current

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.

Jul 2011 - Aug 2011

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.

Sep 2006 - Jun 2010

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