Center Spotlight: Rachel Meltzer

Headshot of Rachel MeltzerFor Rachel Meltzer, all roads lead back to the city.

“When I’m away from the city, I miss the stimulation,” said Meltzer, Plimpton Associate Professor of Planning and Urban Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and affiliated … Read more

Center Spotlight: Holly Samuelson

How do we protect vulnerable populations from the negative health impacts of high heat in buildings? How can architectural design save energy at times when it is difficult to produce clean energy? How can an expanded cost-benefit analysis better inform … Read more

Center Spotlight: Xiaoshi Wang

Xiaoshi Wang’s first impression of the United States was the bustle of the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Airport in New York City. As he rode through the “city that never sleeps,” he observed that the city was the perfect home … Read more

Center Spotlight: Elence Xinzhu Chen

When Elence Xinzhu Chen was young, she wanted to be an entrepreneur.

While applying for her undergraduate degree, Chen hoped to go to business school. Her family advised her to pursue engineering or science. She applied to both. After a … Read more

Center Spotlight: Pete Howard

Though there are many people that contribute to HouseZero™, the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) net-zero carbon emissions building and living laboratory, Pete Howard is the building’s primary caretaker.

As Building Automation, Technology, and Data Manager, Pete … Read more

Lessons Learned

Researchers at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) share insights from their work

Inside the walls of CGBC headquarters HouseZero™, a team of researchers are conducting a number of experiments related to improved building design and … Read more

Center Spotlight: Saurabh Mhatre

Among the Harvard community – or what he calls Harvard’s research “ecosystem” – Saurabh Mhatre is an accomplished collaborator, translating his architectural research into applications in design, engineering, and medicine.

Mhatre, Senior Research Associate at the Material Processes and Systems … Read more