Yale Summer Session Presents Michelle Addington

July 20, 2016

On Wednesday, July 27th, Michelle Addington Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University’s School of Architecture will give a lecture at Sudler Hall at 4:30 PM. Attendance is open to the public.

Lessons from the Sistine Chapel

Museum environments are designed to create carefully controlled and very stable thermal and luminous conditions within the building under the belief that artifacts are best served by an absence of change in their surroundings. These ‘perfect”, homogeneous surroundings not only consume excessive amounts of energy in their operation, but may well be the least effective way to manage the heat and mass transfer from the artifacts.  Using the case of the Sistine Chapel, which showed excessive soiling on its walls after a state-of-the-art HVAC system was installed, this lecture will introduce new concepts in the direct and discrete control or micro-environments that could lead to radical reductions in energy and infrastructure while improving the conditions of artifacts.


Michelle Addington is educated as both an architect and engineer whose teaching and research explore energy systems, advanced materials and new technologies. Building on her dissertation research on the discrete control of boundary layer heat transfer using micro-machines, she has extended her work to defining the strategic relationships between the differing scales of energy phenomena and the possible actions from the domain of building construction.  Her articles and chapters on energy, system design, HVAC, lighting and advanced materials have appeared in several journals, books and reference volumes, and she co-authored a book titled “Smart Materials and Technologies for the Architecture and Design Professions,” and just recently published “Emerging Technologies.” Addington previously taught at Harvard University for ten years before coming to Yale in 2006.  Her engineering background includes work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she developed structural data for composite materials and designed components for unmanned spacecraft, and she spent a decade at Dupont as a process design and power plant engineer as well as a manufacturing supervisor. In 2009, Architect magazine selected her as one of the country’s top ten faculty in architecture.

Event time: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Event location: See map

Sudler Hall - William L. Harkness Hall (WLH 201)

100 Wall Street

New Haven, CT 06511

For more information on the Yale Summer Session Lecture Series, please see http://summer.yale.edu/ysslectureseries2016