The Materials Book

Contributor Biographies Achilles Ahimbisibwe is an architect, Transsolar Academy fellow in Stuttgart, and lecturer in the Department of Architecture at Uganda Martyrs University. He was a research assistant engaged in the Supporting African Municipalities in Sustainable Energy Transitions and Energy & Low- Income Tropical Housing projects, and participated in assessing local construction materials in Kenya and Rwanda under the Joint Development of Courses for Energy Efficiently & Sustainable Housing in Africa. Ahimbisibwe has experience engaging local communities, sensitizing people, and informing policies on sustainable technologies and construction practices. Marilyne Andersen is professor of sustainable construction technologies and head of the Laboratory of Integrated Performance in Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. She was dean of the School of Architecture, Civil & Environmental Engineering from 2013 to 2018 and is the chair of the Scientific Commission for the development of the Smart Living Lab in Fribourg, Switzerland. She has been an associate professor in the Building Technology Group of the School of Architecture & Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and head of the MIT Daylighting Lab, which she founded in 2004. Andersen holds a master of science in psychics and specialized in daylighting through her PhD in building physics at EPFL in the Solar Energy & Building Physics Laboratory and as a visiting scholar in the Building Technologies Department of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Marc Angélil is professor of architecture and design at ETH Zurich. His research on social and spatial developments of metropolitan regions worldwide has led to a number of publications, which include Indizien , on the political economy of contemporary territories; Cidade de Deus! , on informal housing in Rio de Janeiro; Cities of Change Addis Ababa , on urban transformation in developing countries; and Mirroring Effects: Tales of Territory , cowritten with Cary Siress, which analyzes contemporary political and economic practices concerning environment-making. He is a practicing architect at agps architecture, with offices in Los Angeles and Zurich. Alpha Yacob Arsano is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an architect with a great interest in maximizing passive building strategies in different climatic conditions, and she studies the potential of natural ventilation in buildings, thermal comfort of occupants, and effect of climate change in various climates around the globe. She completed her bachelor of science in architecture at the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction & City Development. Yunus Ballim is deputy vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg and vice-chancellor and principal of Sol Plaatje University in Kimberley, South Africa. He graduated with a bachelor of science in civil engineering and worked as a site engineer on bridges and projects including the Daspoort Cutting near Hartbeespoort. 388