Naomi Keena

Naomi Keena

Scientific Researcher
Naomi Keena is an architect, interdisciplinary researcher, and Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University’s Center for Ecosystems in Architecture (CEA). She earned a PhD in Architectural Sciences from the Center for Architecture Science and Ecology (CASE), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), NY. Her doctoral research focused on implementing annotated, data visual analytics as a means to investigate the material and energy lifespan of buildings during the early stages of architectural design. She is a co-founder of Clark’s Crow, a parametric tool that aims to promote awareness of the impact of different design options through a biophysically based ecological accounting method in the early stages of design-development. She is also a co-founder of SEVA (Socio-Ecological Visual Analytics), a proposed new conceptual network of analytical techniques designed to quantify, visualize, characterize, and communicate socio-ecological factors within architectural designs. Her doctoral research on SEVA was part of a large interdisciplinary effort named ‘Data Journey’ (DJ) which received three grant awards from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and was showcased at three international Grand Challenges meetings in New Delhi, London, and Washington D.C. Keena’s current research investigates visual analytics combined with transformative building technologies as a means to study socio-ecological factors within architectural design, towards the mitigation of adverse environmental impacts. She demonstrated this research through the Ecological Living Module (ELM) built project at the United Nation Plaza, NY Summer 2018 as part of CEA in collaboration with Gray Organschi Architecture (GOA), Yale University, and UN Environment; as well as through CEA’s BEEM lab immersive visualization environment at Yale School of Architecture. Prior to her PhD studies, Keena worked in professional practice with internationally renowned firms in both the US and Europe and taught at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK. Keena is a Fulbright Fellowship recipient and has published and presented her design research widely in the areas of architecture, computer science, data visualization, design-driven interdisciplinary research, and environmental policy.
Education
PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Courses

2021a
Fall 2020
Environmental Design
Anna Dyson, Naomi Keena
2021a
Fall 2019
Environmental Design
Anna Dyson, Naomi Keena
1118b
Spring 2019
Advanced Design Studio
Anna Dyson, Chris Sharples, Naomi Keena
2021a
Fall 2018
Environmental Design
Anna Dyson, Kipp Bradford, Mohamed Aly Etman, Naomi Keena
2291c
Summer 2018
Futurizing Technology and the Environment
Anna Dyson, Mohamed Aly Etman, Naomi Keena