Holly Samuelson

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Area Head, Energy and Environments MDes area group

Holly W. Samuelson is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  She teaches architectural technology courses, specializing in the energy and environmental performance of buildings.

Dr. Samuelson's research focuses on energy conservation, computerized simulation, occupant behavior, and the future of building practice as it relates to these topics. Among her authored and coauthored papers, she has contributed articles to Building and Environment, the Journal of Building Performance Simulation, and the Journal of Environmental Management.

Samuelson has presented at multiple conferences, including GreenBuild and the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) conference, where her work was awarded the ARUP best paper prize.

She has been awarded research grants from the Harvard Climate Change Solutions Fund, the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), International Facilities Management Association, and others.

Samuelson’s courses include Environmental Systems in Architecture (a required core lecture class); Energy Simulation; Daylighting; and Environment, Economics, & Enterprise. She serves regularly on design juries and teaches courses in the Harvard Graduate School of Design/Harvard Business School executive education programs. She has taught professional workshops on green building rating systems nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining Harvard, Samuelson practiced full-time as an architect (2000-2007) and sustainable design consultant (2007-2008), and she prioritizes forging links between academia and the building industry.

Samuelson earned a Doctor of Design and Master in Design Studies with distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design where she was awarded the Gerald M. McCue medal. She earned a Bachelor of Architecture with honors from Carnegie Mellon where she was awarded the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Gold Medal.