Studio for Form and Energy is a research centre located within the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The physical studio is located in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, a leading edge sustainable building on the UBC campus. SFE serves as a recognizable centre for research activities at the intersection of design and energy in the built environment. The studio uses design and technology to investigate the formal and cultural aspects of energy, exploring the opportunities that these offer to designers. The lab generates valuable knowledge while offering graduate students opportunities to participate in energy research in architecture. 


Joseph Dahmen founded the Studio for Form and Energy in 2015. He is an Associate Professor at University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where he teaches design studios and building technology courses. He is also a 2016/2017 Wall Scholar of the Peter Wall Institute of Advanced Studies, an interdisciplinary research centre at UBC. With his partner Amber Frid-Jimenez, Canada Research Chair in Art and Design Technology, he runs a transdisciplinary design firm called AFJD. He is also a co-founder and Director of Sustainability at Watershed Materials, a manufacturer of sustainable architectural materials. Dahmen has an Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked with Yung Ho Chang and 2008 MacArthur Fellow John Ochsendorf.


Joseph Dahmen

Current researchers
Misha Das
Juchan Kim

Past researchers
Joomi Seo
Yan Luo
Daichi Yamashita
PengFei Du
Lörinc Vass
Neal Qiongyu Li 


Sponsors Studio for Form and Energy is made possible through the generous support of BC Hydro and the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture