Todd Dalland

Todd Dalland is the President and Founder of Pvilion, a solar technology development firm in NYC. Pvilion started in 2011 integrating solar cells and fabrics, and manufacturing tents, lightweight structures, clothing and products that produce electricity from sunlight.

Dalland is interested in the seamless integration of design and manufacturing and believes that it’s a key to making good buildings and products.

According to Dalland, “The most compelling buildings will be mass-produced, lightweight, self-powering, self-erecting products that can be purchased on and Alibaba.”

Manufacturing and design practices founded by Dalland before Pvilion include FTL Solar, FTL/Happold, FTL Design Engineering Studio, and Future Tents Ltd. (as an architecture student at Cornell).

FTL Solar specialized in the design and manufacture of flexible photovoltaic fabric tents and products for commercial, military and temporary event applications.

FTL Design Engineering Studio is an architectural engineering firm that helped pioneer tensile structure design and construction techniques with thousands of designs and hundreds of completed projects. A close working relationship with Buro Happold provided technical support for FTL’s enduring quest to explore Frei Otto’s vision. FTL’s approach helped inform the way many mainstream buildings are now considered. Patented FTL rental tent and military tent designs are internationally prominent with sales of products manufactured from licensed designs approaching US $3Billion. In 1997 the monograph entitled FTL - Softness, Movement and Light was written by Robert Kronenburg and published by Academy Editions and is available at

E-Z Builders was a group of architecture students at Cornell who studied and imitated Frei Otto’s tensile structures and designed and constructed temporary tensile structures and inflatables up to 90’ span for concerts and festivals. An article about the tents of the E-Z Builders was published in the Cornell Alumni Magazine, in the July/August 2011 issue.

Dalland was the recipient of the Wodetzki Award in 2011, became a LEED Green Associate in 2010, was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 1996, and has received numerous patents and design awards.


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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