Sustainable Design Lab Director
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of sustainable building design and environmental modeling. At MIT he is leading the Sustainable Design Lab. Before joining MIT in 2012, Christoph led the sustainable design concentration area at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD) where the student forum voted him the “2009 Teacher of the Year” out of 77 instructors in the Department of Architecture. From 1997 to 2008 Christoph had worked as a staff scientist at the National Research Council of Canada and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany. His research expertise is in daylighting, passive climatization techniques, urban modeling and the influence of occupant behavior on building energy use. The design tools developed by his group are used in practice and education in over 90
countries. He currently serves on the editorial board of several journals including the IBPSA Journal of Building Performance Simulation. He has authored over 120 scientific articles including three book chapters and his work has been supported by a variety of organizations from the National Science Foundation and the Governments of Canada, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia to Autodesk, United Technology Corporation, Sage Electrochromics and Transsolar Climate Engineering. The outcomes of his research have been recognized with various awards among them the ARUP Best Paper Price at Building Simulation 2009 and the 2010 Leon Gaster Price from the Society of Light and Lighting. In 2013 the readership of Buildings4Change voted him one of thirteen Stars of Building Science.