CGBC Research Team


Salmaan Craig, Eng.D., Research Associate »
Sal currently runs courses in materials science and energy at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and conducts research on new types of ‘architecture-d materials’ for the thermoregulation of future buildings. Salmaan studied Product Design before undertaking an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) hosted by Brunel University and Buro Happold consulting engineers. During this time, he designed and tested a biologically inspired material for protecting buildings from solar and ambient heat, while allowing them to cool through radiation to the sky and outer space. After completing his doctorate, Salmaan continued at Buro Happold as a Facade Engineer, specializing in the design of material systems in extreme climates, such as the perforated, multilayer dome of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. He then moved to the Specialist Modeling Group at Foster + Partners, continuing to develop his research interests in the context of a number of high profile building projects, such as the Masdar Institute, Apple Campus, and Bloomberg Place.

Collin Gardner, Research Associate »
Collin's interests include architecture, philosophy, and architectural type. Collin has worked extensively in architectural practices in Toronto, Calgary, London, New York, and Boston, in addition to working with Preston Scott Cohen Inc. for three years on museum projects in Israel and China, leading the Cambridge design team for the Taiyuan Museum of Art. He has also worked as a Research Associate at the GSD, coordinating the Harvard Symposium on Architecture lecture series and publications. Collin received an M-Arch degree with distinction from the GSD in 2014 and earned a Bachelors in Architectural Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2008.

Jonathan Grinham, DDes, Postdoctoral Fellow »
Jonathan's research interests range from paper robots to thermal monocoques. He received his Doctorate of Design degree (DDes) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design where his dissertation developed novel fabrication and design methods for milli- to micro-scale fluid-flow systems for thermal control in buildings. His past research agendas track themes in advanced materials, interactive and responsive environments, embedded computation, computational design, and automated fabrication workflows. Jonathan has taught technology seminars and led design studios at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Catholic University of America, and Virginia Tech. His professional practice ranges from super-tall mixed use to single-family residential buildings to façade consulting. Jonathan holds a BArch and a MsArch from Virginia Tech.

Wenbo Shi, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow »
Wenbo’s research interests primarily involve the smart grid area including algorithms and systems for managing smart homes, smart buildings, or microgrids with renewables, energy storage units, and various smart loads. His research has been published in top engineering journals and one of his papers is constantly ranked as one of the most popular articles online within IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid. Wenbo has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A.Sc. degree from the University British Columbia, and BS from Xi’an Jiaotong University.

Ran Song, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow »
Ran's primary research areas are environmental economics and labor economics in China. His recent research interests include estimating the economic value of clean environments in developing countries, and the impacts of pollution regulation on the real estate market in China. Ran received a Ph.D. degree in Economics from Sun-Yat sen University. During his Ph.D. study, Ran received a National Scholarship from the Chinese Ministry of Education, and joined the China Air Filtration Project at Harvard University. He is also currently a Wertheim Fellow in the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and a visiting fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Zheming (Jeremy) Tong, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow »
Zheming’s research focuses on urban air pollution modeling and building energy simulation. His recent interest includes coupling indoor air quality simulation with outdoor microenvironment and quantifying the impact of vegetation on building energy consumption. Prior to joining the CGBC, he earned a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, where he wrote his dissertation on investigating the microenvironmental impact of roadways and distributed generation on local air quality. During his PhD study, Zheming developed CFD-based numerical models to predict the spatial and temporal variation of air pollutants in urban microenvironments. The model has been applied to identify many air quality problems in New York City, Rochester, and Syracuse. In addition to numerical modeling, he also conducted various field campaigns exploring the near-source air quality impact of roadside vegetation, urban vegetable farm, and biomass boiler. Most of his research has been published in top international journals including Environmental Science & Technology, Environmental Pollution, Atmospheric Environment, and Science of the Total Environment. Prior to graduate school, Zheming earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Zheng Xu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow »
Zheng’s research focuses on the impact of air pollution and air filtration on building occupants’ health, productivity and thermal comfort. His recent interests include estimating the impact of adoption of green inputs in production for exports on air quality, and testing the impact of information disclosure on households’ self-protective behaviors in response to pollution events. He is also conducting a field experiment in China to study the impact of air purifier on students’ grades in school and on worker’s productivity in factories. Zheng received a B.A. in Economics from Fudan University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Connecticut.

Bin Yan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow »
Bin’s primary research areas are building simulation, HVAC system fault detection, and data analytics for buildings and systems. Her recent research projects include quantifying uncertainties in HVAC system operations, and developing data-oriented models to predict building energy demand and HVAC system performance for the purpose of decision-making. Bin received both her Bachelor and Master of Engineering from Tsinghua University. She received her PhD degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where she conducted a dissertation on “A Bayesian Approach for Predicting Building Cooling and Heating Consumption and Applications in Fault Detection."

Xuan Zhang, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow »
Xuan’s primary research focuses on the control and economic optimization for smart power networks, with applications in frequency and voltage regulation, demand response, congestion management, energy market modeling and smart building technology. He is also affiliated with the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Xuan received his Ph.D. in Control Engineering from the University of Oxford, UK, in 2015, where he conducted research on distributed control for large-scale network systems, and nonlinear dynamical systems analysis based on Lyapunov techniques. In 2011, he received his B.Eng. degree in Automatic Control from Tsinghua University.


Doctor of Design and Ph.D. Students

Yujiao Chen »
Yujiao is a first year DDes student at the GSD. Previously a Research Associate at the CGBC, she worked on projects ranging from building simulations to sustainable urban development. She has worked as a Research Assistant at the T.C Chan Center for Building Simulation and Energy Studies and the Harvard Building Energy and Simulation Lab. She has also worked with the Harvard University Office for Sustainability as a Sustainable Community Leader. Yujiao received her Bachelor of Architecture in 2012 from Zhejiang University in China, her Masters in Environmental Building Design from the University of Pennsylvania in 2013, and her Masters in Design Studies with a concentration on Energy and Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2014.

Sabrina Osmany »
Sabrina is a PhD student in Architectural Technology. Her research explores how agency is mediated by digital interfaces. Her interdisciplinary work is divided between the development of tools to study decision-making in interactive systems as well as the development of experimental frameworks to study choice behavior. During her time at Harvard, Sabrina is particularly excited to explore Machine Learning and Multi Agent Simulation as tools to study human dynamics in the forthcoming age of consumer virtual reality which promises real-time human avatars aplenty. She is a recent graduate of NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (M.P.S) where she prototyped interfaces for tangible and social computing. Her work includes the development of a programming language in Urdu, a mobile app that uses computer vision to identify and connect with network devices and a 120 ft. video installation at InterActiveCorp headquarters in New York City.

Bing Wang »
Bing is a Doctor in Design Studies student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. His research interests include environment simulation technologies and their application in design. Bing’s work includes the development of a design toolkit to achieve fast and valid evaluation of building performance, in addition to a design optimization methodology based on building performance given by computational simulation technologies. He believes that the idea of climate adaption and building performance will form a new design methodology with the help of simulation technologies. Bing holds a Master in Design Studies in Energy and Environments from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Tsinghua University in China. He has worked as an Environmental Design Consultant for several companies—most recently at Transsolar in Stuttgart, Germany. His professional experience also includes teaching and research assistance at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Tsinghua University. His previous work was has been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at international conferences.

Arta Yazdanseta »
Arta is a LEED certified architect and a Doctor of Design student in the Energy and Environment Concentration at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. As part of her research work at the CGBC, Arta investigates the impact of green walls on thermal performance of buildings. In addition, she is currently serving as vice president of the Boston Chapter of the International Building Simulation Association (IBPSA). She received her Masters of Design, Energy and Environment in Design from the GSD, where her group was the first-prize winner of the IBPSA Student Competition Award, and her Master’s thesis was a winner of the Harvard Sustainability Grant. Arta received her professional architectural degree (with Honors) from the Pratt Institute and she later founded her own architectural design studio, LINX Architecture, while serving as a visiting instructor at the Pratt Institute. Arta is a recipient of the Circle Award Fellowship and was an AIA Women's Architectural Auxiliary Eleanor Allwork Scholar. Her work has been displayed at the New York Chapter of the AIA, and published in Metropolis magazine.

Nari Yoon »
Nari is a Doctor of Design student at the GSD. Her cross-disciplinary design research involves high performance, urban airflow, building energy simulation (BES) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). Her academic and professional interests range from architectural design to engineering for design. Before attending the DDes program, she worked as a building performance analyst and CFD engineer at Cradle North America where she helped CFD users with their projects and performed independent studies on CFD simulations. Her recent study about BIM-integrated CFD Automation demonstrated the potential for applying CFD to design phases. She also held several workshops and lectures about the applications of CFD for buildings at professional conferences and academic institutions. Nari holds a Master in Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and B.Arch from the Hongik School of Architecture, Korea.

Wei Zhang »
Wei is a first year PhD student in Architectural Technology at the GSD and his focus is on sustainable architecture and building science. As an engineer, he was in charge of confinement systems design and HVAC&R systems design for reactor building of EPR nuclear power plant for over 4 years. He also worked in complex system analysis and modeling for over 3 years in Paris and Grenoble, France. He holds a DPEA Post Master Degree in Architectural Studies from ENSA Paris-La Villette, an Diplôme d'Ingénieur in Mechanical Engineering from INSA Toulouse and a B.Eng degree from Southeast University in China. He also has research experience at the University of Toronto, ETH Zurich, and the Aarhus School of Architecture.