Ali Malkawi, Founding Director »
Ali Malkawi is a Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and an international scholar and expert in building simulation, energy conservation, and sustainability in buildings. He teaches architectural technology and computation and conducts research in the areas of computational simulation, building performance evaluation, and design decision support. He is also the Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities, a multidisciplinary research institution that seeks to transform the building industry through a commitment to design-centric strategy that directly links research outcomes to the development of new processes, systems, and products. 

Malkawi is part of many large-scale research initiatives and is the recipient of several prestigious and extensive grants. He has lectured and conducted research at numerous universities, conferences, and public events. Previously he has taught at Georgia Institute of Technology 1991-1994, University of Michigan 1994-2001 and the University of Pennsylvania 2001-2013; where he was a professor of architecture and the chairman of the graduate group in architecture and founder and director of the TC Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies. He had also held the Velux visiting professorship at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen from 2013-2014.

Malkawi serves as a consultant on many high profile projects, including airport designs, super towers (LOTTE, Seoul; World Trade Center, NY), industrial factories (Ferrari factory, Italy), cities (King Abdulla Atomic and Renewable City, Riyadh) and commercial and residential showcase projects. He has provided strategic guidance on building energy related topics to senior members of the Obama Administration, including the Vice President of the United States of America. He also innovates and leads efforts in sustainability framework developments and engages with energy policies in several countries, including leading the development of the first performance based sustainability rating system in the Middle East for the State of Qatar.

Lead author or co-author of over one hundred scientific papers, Malkawi is also the co-editor of two books on the subject of computationally-driven design and simulation: Advanced Building Simulation and Performative Architecture–Beyond Instrumentality. He serves as a board member and scientific reviewer for many leading journals, conferences and research centers, and is the associate editor of Building Simulation–International Journal, distributed by Springer publisher.

Malkawi received his BS in Architectural Engineering and Environmental Design from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1989, his MArch from the University of Colorado in 1990, his PhD from Georgia Institute of Technology in Architectural Technology/Artificial Intelligence in 1994 and received an honorary masters of Arts degree from Harvard University in 2013.

Richard Freeman, Co-Director »
Richard B. Freeman holds the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University. He is currently serving as Faculty co-Director of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and as a Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the London School of Economics' Centre for Economic Performance. He also directs the National Bureau of Economic Research and Sloan Science Engineering Workforce Projects.

Professor Freeman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Science and the AAAS. He is currently serving on the AAAS Initiative for Science and Technology. Professor Freeman has served on 10 panels of the U.S. National Academy of Science, including the Committee on Understanding the Engineering Education-Workforce Continuum (NAE), the Committee on Assuring a Future U.S.-based Nuclear Chemistry Expertise, the Committee on National Statistics Panel on Developing Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators for the Future, the Committee on Capitalizing on the Diversity of the Science and Engineering Workforce in Industry, the Committee on National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Scientists, and the joint NAS, NAE and IM study on Policy Implications of International Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in the U.S. United States.

Freeman received the Mincer Lifetime Achievement Prize from the Society of Labor Economics in 2006. In 2007 he was awarded the IZA Prize in Labor Economics. In 2011, he was appointed Frances Perkins Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

His recent publications include: Can Labor Standards Improve Under Globalization (2004), Emerging Labor Market Institutions for the 21st Century (2005), America Works: The Exceptional Labor Market (2007), What Workers Want (2007 2nd edition), What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo American World (2007), International Differences in the Business Practices & Productivity of Firms (2009), Science and Engineering Careers in the United States (2009), Reforming the Welfare State: Recovery and Beyond in Sweden (2010), and Shared Capitalism at Work: Employee Ownership, Profit and Gain Sharing, and Broad-based Stock Options (2010), and The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back Into Democracy (Yale Univ Press 2013).