Dana Cupkova-School of Architecture - Carnegie Mellon University

Dana Cupkova

Ing.Arch., M.Arch, Assistant Professor, Lucian & Rita Caste Chair

Office: MMCH 310A


Dana Cupkova holds a Lucian & Rita Caste Assistant Professorship at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture and is a design principal of EPIPHYTE Lab, an architectural design and research collaborative. From 2005-2012 she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University Department of Architecture.

Dana's work engages the built environment at the intersection of ecology, computationally driven processes, and systems analysis. Her research is underpinned by systems thinking and focuses on adaptive methods for integration of discreet energy harvesting systems into architectural membranes that perform on multiple interlinked scales while responding to specific climactic and socio-economic conditions. Her work has been supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the AIA NY Center for Architecture Foundation Arnold W. Brunner Grant, the Cornell University Faculty Innovation in Teaching Grant, The Architectural League of NY and was recognized by ACADIA, an international network of digital design researchers and professionals. Dana's design work has been published internationally in professional venues such as Dwell, The Architectural Review, Green Building & Design, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, Architect's Newspaper and presented at academic conferences.

Dana received her professional degree of Engineer Architect from the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava; she completed her thesis at 
the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and she holds a Master of Architecture degree from the School of the Arts and Architecture at UCLA, where she was awarded the Unrestricted University Fellowship, the Mimi Perloff Award, and the Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship for outstanding design work. Dana was a founder and a design director of DCm-STUDIO, an architectural design practice in New York City, and she has an extensive international professional experience in Europe, the United States, and South-East Asia. She was previously in practice with Smith-Miller+Hawkinson Architects, RUR Architecture in New York City, and TR Hamzah & Yeang in Malaysia.