Monday, August 3, 2009
The School of Architecture is in the forefront of Carnegie Mellon's strategic commitment to environmental sustainability as an educational and organizational force. In parallel, a number of other areas of the university are dedicated to environmental education and research — including Civil and Environmental Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy and Heinz College.
Several faculty members are experts in the field and have central roles in major national and international organizations focused on issues surrounding sustainability and architecture.
As chair of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Building Construction Initiative (SBCI), Professor Volker Hartkopf works with governments and companies worldwide to adopt sustainable building practices. Among other topics related to energy conservation, Hartkopf's research explores advanced technologies and building performance, as well as urban revitalization, third-world housing and disaster prevention.
A professor in the School of Architecture, Khee Poh Lam has completed and consulted on numerous research projects on building controls and diagnostics and an expert in sustainable energy initiatives in China. He serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and an active consultant for their China Sustainable Energy Program
Head of the School of Architecture, Stephen Lee's research focuses on design and systems integration with the goal of high-performing, sustainable communities and buildings. His research in the field of sustainable architecture has brought him to projects around the globe.
A University Professor in Carnegie Mellon's School of Architecture, Vivian Loftness is a pioneer in sustainable architecture. Among other research aims, she works with a team at Carengie Mellon focused on designing the next-generation of building systems. Exploring questions like "what is the lighting system of the future," they work to build systems that require no energy or harness nature's energy.