Oct 28, 2020
As a Building Scientist, Andrea’s interests are in pushing the performance and minimizing the environmental impact of her projects. She also enjoys building the firm’s knowledge and intuition about sustainability through research endeavors and project explorations.
At Payette, Andrea works across projects to bring rigor to the performance of projects. She integrates performance modeling tools into Payette’s design process at the very beginning to inform and push designs. Additionally, she leads a number of internal research projects, and was the Principal Investigator on the 2012 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative-funded “Thermal Performance of Facades,” a research project focused on thermal bridging. She also leads the firm’s efforts on the AIA 2030 Commitment, tracking and benchmarking the performance of projects across the firm.
Andrea received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies in Building Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was the recipient of the Tucker-Voss Award and focused her thesis on the thermal performance of facades. She is also a Lecturer at MIT in the Department of Architecture’s Building Technology group where she teaches a class on building envelope performance. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, as well as the national USGBC Chapter Steering Committee and Education Steering Committee, and is a member of the COTE Advisory Group to the Board.
MS, Arch. Studies, Building Technology, 2011, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.Arch., 2002, Carnegie Mellon University
“According to the ITCC. The report that they put out in 2018, we need to globally cut our carbon emissions in half by 2030, and eliminate them completely by 2050. If we look over that kind of critical time period between now and 2030, the vast majority of the emissions, actually even from energy intensive buildings, is really going to come from the embodied carbon. We can't ignore it and it's something that I think is starting to really grow as a focus for firms and across the industry. I think we'll continue to push to become more mainstream throughout the practice.”
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