Fields of expertise
Human Comfort and Perception
Light and Health
BiographyMarilyne Andersen is a Full Professor of Sustainable Construction Technologies and heads the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design (LIPID) that she launched in the Fall of 2010. She was Dean of the School of Architecture, Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENAC) at EPFL from 2013 to 2018 and is the Academic Director of the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg. She also co-leads the Student Kreativity and Innovation Laboratory (SKIL) at ENAC. Before joining EPFL as a faculty, she was an Assistant Professor then Associate Professor tenure-track in the Building Technology Group of the MIT School of Architecture and Planning and the Head of the MIT Daylighting Lab that she founded in 2004. She has also been Invited Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design in 2019.
Marilyne Andersen owns a Master of Science in Physics and specialized in daylighting through her PhD in Building Physics at EPFL in the Solar Energy and Building Physics Laboratory (LESO) and as a Visiting Scholar in the Building Technologies Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.
Her research lies at the interface between science, engineering and architectural design with a dedicated emphasis on the impact of daylight on building occupants. Focused on questions of comfort, perception and health and their implications on energy considerations, these research efforts aim towards a deeper integration of the design process with daylighting performance and indoor comfort, by reaching out to various fields of science, from chronobiology and neuroscience to psychophysics and computer graphics. She is leveraging this research in practice through OCULIGHT dynamics, a startup company she co-founded, which offers specialized consulting services on daylight performance and its psycho-physiological effects on building occupants.
She is the author of more than 200 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and the recipient of several grants and awards including: the Daylight Award for Research as inaugural laureate (2016), eleven publication awards and distinctions (2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019) including the Taylor Technical Talent Award 2009 granted by the Illuminating Engineering Society, the 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Grant (2009), the Mitsui Career Development Professorship at MIT (2008) and the EPFL prize of the Chorafas Foundation awarded to her PhD thesis in Sustainability (2005). Her research or teaching has been supported by professional, institutional and industrial organizations such as: the Swiss and the U.S. National Science Foundations, the Velux Foundation, the European Horizon 2020 program, the Boston Society of Architects, the MIT Energy Initiative, the Swiss Federal Office of Energy and InnoSuisse. She was the leader and faculty advisor of the Swiss Team and its NeighborHub project, who won the U.S. Solar Decathlon 2017 competition with 8 podiums out of 10 contests. In 2023, she co-curated the EPFL Pavilions exhibition at the interface between art and chronobiology entitled Lighten Up! On Biology and Time, in which she also featured as artist for the installation Circa Diem.
She is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Foundation Culture du Bâti (CUB) and of the ArtTech Foundation, and member of the Board of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. She is expert to the Innovation Council of InnoSuisse, member of the Scientific Board of the EPFL-ECAL Lab and Founding member of the Daylight Academy. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the journals Building and Environment (Elsevier), LEUKOS (Illuminating Engineering Society) and Buildings and Cities (Taylor and Francis), and is an active member of several committees of the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and International Commission on Illumination (CIE).
Influence of control patterns for lighting and shading systems on the predicted energy performance of buildingsFaculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal, 2012.
An Interactive Performance-Based Expert System for Daylighting in Architectural DesignPhD in Building Technology, Department of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011.
journal articles, conference papers etc.More publications available on the LIPID website
Teaching & PhD