Architecture Professor Earns PhD in Engineering with Active Building Facade Research

Associate professor of architecture Dr. Lee Fithian was awarded a PhD in Engineering in December 2019.

The title of the dissertation is “Active Building Facades to Mitigate Urban Street Pollution.” This multidisciplinary research utilized current thinking in planning, engineering, science and architecture, and proposes an interdisciplinary solution (an active Double Skin Facade) for addressing urban air pollution related to increasing urbanization.

It advances the premise that buildings are interconnected with urban infrastructure, with buildings serving as a resource and not just as a load, and the use of an active building facade to remediate environmental air pollutants beyond the building’s perimeter, representing a fundamental paradigm shift as to the nature of buildings in the urban environment.

The abstract and dissertation can be found at