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Michelle Addington began her career as a structural engineer working for NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, where she developed structural data for composite materials and designed components for unmanned spacecraft. But when she went back to school for architecture, no one found her background in engineering appealing because it wasn't "creative," so at first she struck it from her resume. Now she is a specialist in discrete systems and technology transfer and an advisor on energy and sustainability for the Department of Energy and the AIA. She is currently the Hines Professor of Sustainable Architectural Design at Yale University and was named one of the country's "Top 10 Faculty in Architecture" by Architect magazine in 2009.
The 2011-12 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; InterContinental San Francisco; Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc.; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4; McCall Design Group; Perkins + Will; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; SmithGroup; WRNS Studio; WSP Flack + Kurtz; ARCH Art and Drafting Supply; BraytonHughes Design Studios; FME Architecture and Design; Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects; Long & Levit LLP; SRG Partnership; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Auerbach Pollock Friedlander | Auerbach Glasow French; BAR Architects; Dome Construction Corporation; Donald MacDonald Architects; J.H. Fitzmaurice Construction; ProPM, Inc.; TANNERHECHT Architecture; and Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects.