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.