Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy
Co-Director, Master of the Design Studies program
Area Coordinator, Energy & Environments MDesS area group
Kiel Moe is a registered practicing architect and Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His research and pedagogy focuses on an agenda for design and energy that is at once more ecologically and architecturally ambitious. 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 and thermodynamic depth of architecture. This research is the basis for his design research and his design practice. Recent projects include solid wood buildings in Colorado and southern Vermont, a renovation of masonry building as a letterpress studio in Maine, a loft renovation in Somerville, and an exhibit installation in Boston.
In recognition of his design and research, he was the 2009-10 Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture well as the 2012 & 2014 Barbara and Andrew Senchak Fellow MacDowell Colony. He received the 2013 Boston Design Biennial award, the 2011 Architecture League of New York Prize, the 2011 AIA National Young Architect award, and numerous design awards for individual projects from the AIA, North American Wood Design Awards, and Boston Society of Architects, amongst others.
He is author of multiple books. He has completed a fifth manuscript on Insulating Modernism: Isolated and Nonisolated Thermodynamics in Architecture, Birkhauser, published fall 2014. He is completing two co-authored books Plot: The Urbanization of Manhattan in Two Pieces with Jane Hutton (2015) and Emergy Systems in Architecture with Ravi S. Srinivasan (2015). He is also author of Convergence: An Architectural Agenda for Energy (2013), Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture (2010), Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture (2008). He was co-editor of Building Systems: Design Technology & Society (2012).
At the GSD, Moe teaches and coordinates core design studios, seminars on Forms of Energy, a design research course, and lectures on architecture and energy systems. In recognition of his pedagogy and teaching, Moe was awarded the 2010 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award.
Moe received his B.Arch from the University of Cincinnati, his M.Arch from University of Virginia, and his M.Des in Design and Environmental Studies from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Studies Program. 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.