Robert Lerner

Robert Lerner, AIA is co-founder of Pvilion Inc., a design/fabrication firm in Brooklyn, NY specializing in lightweight structures, applications for flexible photovoltaics, and technology and product development. He graduated from UCLA Graduate School of Architecture in 1993 and has worked as a fabricator and architect in the lightweight structures field ever since. Prior to founding Pvilion, he worked at FTL Design Engineering, FTL Happold, and co-founded FTL Solar.

During his career, he has managed technology development projects for NASA, the US Army, Airforce and numerous commercial clients. He has been awarded multiple grants from the New York State Energy Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) to advance the technology of flexible photovoltaics integrated with architectural textiles, and he has received numerous Outstanding Achievement Awards from the Industrial Fabrics Association for completed architectural projects.

Recent projects include the Capital Cascades Pedestrian Bridge Canopy in Tallahassee, Florida, the air-beam supported temporary structure on the roof of Carnegie Hall, two photovoltaic projects at Google’s offices in Mountain View, CA, and the Hands-Off Expeditionary Shelter Design for the US Army, a self erecting general purpose shelter system. Recent work also includes teaching and consulting on two Solar Decathlon Projects for the RISD, and the Stevens Institute of Technology.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4862‑1 Fall 2017
Wired Skin
Todd Dalland, Robert Lerner, Colin Touhey Syllabus Tech Elective
115 Avery
TU 3 PM - 5 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
A4862‑1 Fall 2016
Todd Dalland, Robert Lerner, Colin Touhey Syllabus TECH ELECTIVE
TU 3 PM - 5 PM
3 Points
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