Holly Wasilowski Samuelson, RA, NCARB, LEED AP+
After a decade of professional experience as an architect and sustainable design consultant, Holly Samuelson discovered her passion for teaching and research. She is now a full-time faculty member at the GSD, teaching courses on computer simulation and environmental technology as well as consulting to the design studios. Her research focuses on improving the usefulness of energy modeling for buildings.
Holly has authored or coauthored papers in Building and Environment, the Journal of Building Performance Simulation, and the book Ecological Urbanism. As an architect, her collaborative professional work has won design awards from the Boston Society of Architects and others, and her research has been awarded grants from the Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative, the International Facilities Management Association, and the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.
Holly earned a BArch from Carnegie Mellon and an MDesS in Sustainable Design from the GSD along with the Gerald M. McCue Medal for highest academic record. She is a doctoral candidate and serves as president of the Boston chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association.
Holly believes that design excellence and high building performance are complimentary goals. With a background in architecture and a technical research path, she hopes to help bridge the divide between design and engineering to improve the energy efficiency of our built environment.