Lola Ben-Alon is an engineer, curator, and PhD candidate in the Architecture–Engineering–Construction Management (AECM) program at Carnegie Mellon University. She specializes in socially and environmentally sustainable building practices, natural building materials, and engineering-architecture collaborations.
She earned her B.S. in Structural Engineering and M.S. in Construction Management, both cum laude, from the Civil and Environmental Engineering program at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. Her doctoral research deals with Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), perception, and building policy of earthen construction.
Parallel to her engineering background, Lola earned a diploma in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the Technion, where she co-founded art.espionage, the Experimental Art and Architecture Lab. She has exhibited various interactive urban interventions, public art, and performance art in museums and galleries around the world, including the Shanghai Biennale Gallery and Tel-Aviv Art Museum. She has also served as a curator and content developer at the Madatech, Israel National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space.
Lola is passionate about fostering connections between academia and community by promoting social engagement in the production of the built environment. She is the academic advisor of the Terra Collaborative, an all-women organization that provides hands-on natural building training for women and youth in developing communities. Through sharing skills and knowledge that promote healthy and affordable living environments, Lola hopes to diversify the building industry and catalyze new intersections and creative dialogues among the various disciplines of architecture, engineering, art, and sociology.
Harries, K. A., Ben-Alon, L., & Sharma, B. (2019). Chapter 4: Codes and Standards Development for Nonconventional and Vernacular Materials. In K. A. Harries & B. Sharma (Eds.), Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials: Characterization, Properties, and Applications, (2nd ed.). Woodhead (Elsevier) Publishing Series in Civil and Structural Engineering.
Ben-Alon, L., Loftness, V., Harries, K. A., Hameen, E. C., & Di-Pierto G. (2019). Cradle to Site Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of Natural vs Conventional Building Materials: A Case Study on Cob Earthen Construction. Journal of Building and Environment, 160, 106150.
Ben-Alon, L., Loftness, V., (2019). The biophilic power and environmental urgency of earthen construction. Forthcoming in Central Europe towards Sustainable Building. Prague, Czech Republic.