Christoph Reinhart

Christoph Reinhart has been a staff scientist with the Indoor Environment Program of the National Research Council Canada since February 2001. He did his PhD (Architecture) research with the Solar Building Design Group of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany. His expertise is in daylighting, passive climatization concepts, and the influence of occupant behavior on building energy use.

He has led several client funded research projects (field, laboratory, and simulation studies) on daylighting concepts for offices and schools, and oversaw the development of NRC’s popular daylighting/energy design tools Daysim ( and Daylight 1-2-3 ( In 2006 he served as a guest editor for a Special Issue on Daylighting in the Energy and Buildings journal. He has authored and co-authored over 60 scientific articles including two book chapters.

He is a member of the Technical Advisory Group for LEED-Canada and an Adjunct Professor at McGill University, School of Architecture, where he has been regularly teaching classes on lighting and energy simulation since 2005. He has given workshops and lecturers on daylighting at numerous universities including the Massachusetts institute of Technology, Universite de Montreal, and the University of Toronto. In July 2008 Christoph will start working as an Associate Professor of Architectural Technology at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.