- 1980.........PhD, Texas A&M (U.S.A)
- 1976.........Master of Architecture, University of California - UCLA, Los Angeles (U.S.A)
- 1970.........Bachelor of Architecture, Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)
Topics in desert architecture and related fields including:
- Thermal comfort in buildings
- Energy in buildings
- Building materials
- Passive heating of buildings
- Passive cooling of buildings
- Design tools
- Climate and energy related urban design issues
- Building materials
Professional activities and distinctions
- Incumbent of the Bank Chair for Research in Desert Architecture.
- Served from 1999-2005 as Head of the Department of Man in the Desert of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
- Served from 1982-2005 as Head of the Desert Architecture Unit of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.
- Has taught in schools of architecture and environmental design in Israel, the U.S. (Buffalo NY, Alberquerque NM, Tuscon AZ) and Australia (Adelaide).
- Associate of PLEA (Passive and Low-Energy Architecture).
- Headed technical committee for 11th PLEA International Conference, Dead Sea, Israel (1994).
- Served on the committee for the Israeli Standard on the Insulation of Residential Buildings.
- Member of the Committee on the Use of Alternative Energies (Ministry of Industry and Commerce), and the Advisory Board on Energy in Buildings, (Ministry of Science and Energy).
- Reviewer for the Foundation for Research and Development, Pretoria, South Africa, and the Editorial Board of Building and Environment.
- Served on interdisciplinary team for the Sustainable Community Solutions international competition initiated by the AIA & IUA (1992-1993).
- Received the 'Best Paper' Award at the 2000 PLEA International Conference in Cambridge, UK, for the paper, "A GIS framework for studying post-occupancy climate-related changes in residential neighborhoods" (with B. Portnov, E. Erell, I. Meir and D. Pearlmutter).
- Received the Dori Award for Technology (jointly with I.A. Meir and D. Faiman -1992).
- Is a registered architect in Israel.
Co-edited Architecture of the Extremes, Proceedings of the PLEA '94 Conference (with E.Erell, I.A. Meir and D. Pearlmutter), co-authored Energy Aspects of Design in Arid Zones, a Design Manual prepared for the Israeli Ministry of Energy (with I.A.Meir and D. Faiman), and has published widely in Israel and abroad, including:
- Erell E., Etzion Y., "Heating experiments with a radiative cooling system," Building and Environment, Vol. 31, No. 6, pp. 509-517, 1996.
- Pearlmutter D., Etzion Y., Erell E., Meir I.A., Di H., "Refining the use of evaporation in an experimental down-draft cool tower", Energy and Buildings, Vol. 23, No. 3, pp. 191-197, 1996.
- Erell E., Etzion Y., "A radiative cooling system using water as a heat exchange medium", Architectural Science Review, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp.39-49, 1992.
- Etzion Y., "An improved solar shading design tool", Building and Environment Vol.27, No. 3, pp.297-303, 1992.
- Etzion Y., "A desert solar neighborhood in Sede-Boker, Israel", Architectural Science Review, Vol. 33, pp. 103-109, 1989.
Has led numerous innovative design projects including: