Olga Bannova

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am a PhD student at the Architectural department at Chalmers university and have been a researcher and teacher at the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) at the University of Houston, USA for 12 years. I received my architectural degree from Moscow Architectural Institute (Russia) and master of architecture and master of science in space architecture from the University of Houston.

I conduct research and design studies that address planning analyses for a broad range of vehicles, habitats, and systems and based on multi-disciplinary approach. Projects include: habitat concepts for extreme environments on Earth, inflatable and other deployable structures, and special design influences and requirements for different gravity conditions in space. My special interests lay in research and design facilities for severe climate conditions like Polar Regions or those that are exposed to extreme temperature swings, also focusing on confined habitats in third world countries with different cultures to enrich habitants health and life quality. I pay particular attention to emerging technologies and materials and to optimization of proven techniques in order to find more economical and practical design solutions while providing functional comfort for habitability and productivity. Being exposed to different cultural experiences I understand importance of addressing cultural and traditional aspects in the design and believe that good design practice should include thorough examination of relationships between quality of design, quality of life and societal challenges.