Robert Fryer is a GOVERNING contributor. He is an Assistant Professor, Architecture Program, Philadelphia University. For more than ten years, Professor Fryer has designed and managed architectural projects and has been a LEED consultant. The focus of his work is the creation of sustainable buildings that are resource-efficient and work with the climates in which they are located. After earning his master's degree in the Environment & Energy Programme at the Architectural Association in London, he has focused on alternative designs and research centered on adaptive building skins and interior applications of membranes and textiles, which combine new technologies with climate analysis in the design of dynamic membranes. The goal of Professor Fryer's research is to enhance buildings' interaction with microclimates to effectively reduce energy consumption, while using recyclable or biodegradable material. He joined the Engineering & Design Institute as senior research associate in 2004.