Kiel Moe is a registered architect and Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology, teaching courses that merge technology, energy, research, and design. He is the area coordinator of the Energy & Environments concentration in the MDesS program and is director of the Energy, Environments & Design research lab that is part of the Harvard GSD Research Advancement Initiative (RAI).
His research and pedagogy focuses on an agenda (theories, techniques, and technologies) for energy that is at once more ecologically and architecturally ambitious: Maximum Power Design. As such, he focuses on both buildings as manifestations of large scale energy systems as well as overlooked and discrete thermal parameters in buildings that yet have great impact on the power of a building. In recognition of his design and research, he was awarded the Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize in Architecture. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and the MacDowell Colony. He recently received the 2011 Architecture League of New York Prize and the 2011 AIA Young Architects Award.
He is currently a developing a manuscript, Insulating Modernism, a history of heat transfer and insulation in architecture. He has completed work on a forthcoming book manuscript entitled Convergence: An Architectural Agenda for Energy (2013). He is author of Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture (2010) and Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture (2008). He was co-editor with Ryan Smith of Building Systems: Design, Technology, and Society (2012). His research has been supported by the Boston Society of Architects Architectural Research program, the AIA RFP grant program, the AIA UPJOHN grant program, the Harvard GSD Junior Faculty Research program, the Northeastern University Provost Faculty Development program, the MacDowell Colony and the Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome.
He received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati, his M.Arch from University of Virginia, and his M.DesS (Design and Environment) from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He taught previously at Syracuse University where he was also associated with the Syracuse Center of Energy and Environmental Excellence. Before that, he was the Herbert S. Greenwald Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In recognition of his pedagogy and teaching, Moe was awarded the 2010 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award.
Currently at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, he teaches core design studios, seminars on Forms of Energy (Maximum Power Design), an Energy, Environments, & Design research lab seminar, and lectures on architecture and energy systems.