Lola Ben-Alon is an Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she directs the Natural Materials Lab and the Building Science and Technology curriculum. She specializes in earth- and bio-based building materials, their life cycle, supply chain, fabrication techniques, and policy. Ben-Alon received her Ph.D. from the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, and she holds a B.S. in Structural Engineering and M.S. in Construction Management from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. At the Technion, Ben-Alon co-founded the Experimental Art and Architecture Lab (art.espionage). She served as a curator and exhibition developer for Madatech, Israel’s National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space. Her work has been exhibited at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, 1014 Space for Ideas in NYC, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Her research has been published in Building and Environment, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Journal of Green Building, and Automation in Construction. Ben-Alon serves on the board of ACSA’s Technology | Architecture + Design.

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