Dana Karwas is the Director of the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) at Yale University with a teaching appointment in the Yale School of Architecture.  She is an interdisciplinary arts based researcher and holds a MPS from Interactive Telecommunications Programat NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kansas.

Her creative practice is centered around human reference frames, with a specific interest in the boundaries of sensory perception and rendering the invisible visible. She was formerly the Media Director of Maya Lin’s fifth and final memorial, What is Missing?, where she provided project direction on this worldwide, multimedia exhibition regarding climate change and endangered species.

From 2013 to 2018 she was Industry Assistant Professor of Integrated Digital Media (IDM) at New York University. At NYU, she helped build IDM into a robust art and technology program that focuses on creative practice, design research, and multidisciplinary experimentation with emerging technologies. She spearheaded collaborative opportunities with well-known clients for her students to work with as part of their studies; clients included NASA/JPL, MoMA PS1, Microsoft, and others.

Karwas has also taught at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and NYU’s Courant Institute. Her work has been shown at galleries, museums, and festivals including the the Caracas Contemporary Art Museum; The Helix Center; Exit Art; Karkula Gallery; The Center for Architecture; the Museum of the Moving Image; the Boston Museum of Science; and the Chelsea Art Museum. Her projects and research have received support from The National Endowment for the Humanities, Hewlett-Packard, Harvestworks, Eyebeam, NYU Provost’s Global Research Initiatives, and Tisch East.


Director, Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM)
Faculty, Yale School of Architecture


Depth Exhbition at the Detroit Science Gallery. Project in collaboration with Tega Brain, Elizabeth Henaff, Heather Parish, Ian Quate and Leonard Roussel. Summer 2019.

Recent Talks and Exhibitions

Panelist for The Sensitive Machine at the Yale School of Art,  with artist Ana Maria Lopez Gomez, architect Julian Rose, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and materials science Madhu Venkadesan, and art historian Soumya James. Moderated by Sarah Oppenheimer, Senior Critic in Painting/Printmaking at Yale School of Art; and Joseph Zinter, Research Scientist at the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science. March 4, 2019.

Immutable Swell at the Creative Turbulence Group Show at The Helix Center New York, NY. June 2018

Moderator for Being in Two Places at Once: art, apparatus, and the geopolitics of spatial representation.  NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Moderator. March 2018.

Tohoku (I) and Tohoku (III) - 40 Below Exhibiton at the Foundation for Canadian Artists. November 2017.
Jury Prize. 


2019 - Current - Director, Center for Collaborative Arts and Media (CCAM) at Yale

2019 - Current - Faculty, Yale Schoof of Architecture 

2017 - Current - Design Consultant, Raeven Architecture, New York

2009 - Current -  Media Advisor, Maya Lin Studio, New York

2012- 2018 -  Industry Assistant Professor, Integrated Digital Media NYU

2010 -2011 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Courant Institute, NYU

2006-2011 - Producer, Bitforms Gallery, New York

2007-2008 - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Tisch School of the Arts (ITP), NYU

2006-2007 - Visual Studies Instructor, GSAPP School of Architecture, Columbia University

2005-2015 - Co-Founder, WIKA Studio, New York  

2003-2004 - Visualization Designer, Rafael Vinoly Architects, New York

Image Gravity: Defining Spatial Constructs for Invisible Phenomena
In: Arai K., Bhatia R. (eds) Advances in Information and Communication. FICC 2019. Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems, vol 69. Springer, Cham

Research Activities

Developed and hosted the Other Fields: Aesthetic Inquiry into New Landscape symposium at NYU Berlin and developed interdisciplinary research focusing on communication between Artists and Scientists. Support provided by NYU Berlin, NYU Provost’s Office, NYU Center for Humanaties, and the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at NYU. Summer 2017.

Co-Pi on Digitizing the City Record Grant, funded in the amount of $260,000 by the NEH. Online Digitization and Archive of over 1 Million historical NYC records.  2016 - Current. 

Key Partner representing  NYU on the AR/VR Commercialization Grant funded in the amount of $6M by the NYCEDC and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME).

Professional Activities

Media Advisor to Maya Lin’s 5th and Final Memorial, What is Missing? about endangered species and habitat loss.  The project includes an environmental stewardship component taking form of a traveling exhibition with interactive sculpture and educational website. 2009-current. 

Co-Director of The Satellite, an installation featuring a live view of earth from Space for audiences and educational institutions on the ground. Project board included NASA Astronaut Charles Camarda. The Satellite supported the development of a realtime, experiential, and hyper-realistic portrait of Earth, using live data from observation satellites to allow the public a direct encounter with the planet. Two years of research were funded by Hewlett-Packard. 2014. NYC.


MPS. from ITP Tisch School of the Arts
New York University, 2005

B.Arch School of Architecture and Design
The University of Kansas, 2003