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George Elvin: Sustainability in Action

As a founder of Greenlab (design for a thriving planet) and a senior researcher with the Building Futures Institute, associate professor of architecture George Elvin is an internationally recognized expert on environmental technology and sustainable building. 

His latest interests involve how emerging biotechnologies and particularly nanotechnology are influencing modern architectural design and construction, telling Architect magazine in a recent article that developments in nanotechnology already have produced more than 300 nanoengineered products available to commercial builders—from self-cleaning windows to toxin-sniffing sensors.

"These advances offer only a taste of what's incubating in the world's nanotech labs today," reports Elvin, associate professor of architecture. "There, work is under way on nanocomposites as thin as glass, yet capable of supporting entire buildings, and photosynthetic coatings that can make any building surface a source of free energy." 

Holder of a PhD in architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, Elvin worked professionally in Europe and Asia and owned a design-build firm in Washington, D.C., for 12 years before bringing his expertise to Ball State. He is a former visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and currently serves as editor-in-chief of the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Report on University Research.

The author of Integrated Practice in Architecture: Mastering Design-Build, Fast-Track and Building Information Modeling (John Wiley & Sons, 2006), Elvin's research on green building also has been published by Princeton Architectural Press, the International Journal of Architectural Computing, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the AIA. 

To learn more about emerging, technology-driven research and applications in contemporary building, visit George Elvin’s profile page for his e-mail address or call him at 765-285-1900. For a publication-quality photo, contact Ball State Photo Services