Ellis draws on her background in architectural theory and environmental design and planning as the director of the Drexel Light Lab. She is a practicing architect with more than 30 years of experience designing large-scale sustainable buildings and systems that integrate health, energy and technology.
Her research focuses on human factors in design including cognition, dementia, visual perception, photobiology and chronobiology. Her energy systems research looks at passive environmental systems such as efficient building envelope design, natural ventilation and daylighting techniques, and active systems like daylight-mimicking LED lighting, low-energy luminous surfaces and dynamic building envelope design.
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