Ellie Jungmin Han

Lecturer in Architecture

Ellie Jungmin Han is a lecturer in architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) and a fellow at the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC). Her doctoral dissertation focused on the geometric properties of architecture and the exchangeable data format of geometries to evaluate the performance of building designs. Han has developed several building performance simulation (BPS) software programs to help architects with decision-making on sustainable design topics ranging from building to urban scales of implementation. She took artificial intelligence (AI), specifically deep learning, as her primary methodology for advancing BPS software feasibility.

As a lecturer at the GSD, Han guides students with skills in data science to develop their projects using performance metrics and optimization techniques. As a research assistant and fellow at CGBC, she created different AI models for estimating indoor airflow, localized weather, and energy consumption using HouseZero as a case study.

Han is the founding principal of the consulting practice FalseColor AI and has conferred on numerous performance-driven design projects. She recently worked as a building performance consultant at JLP International Inc., developing a sustainable design and consulting workflow to lead the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) industry through advanced BPS and AI.

Han holds a Doctor of Design and a Master in Design Studies (MDes) with a concentration in energy and environments from the GSD, a Master of Science in Building Performance and Diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University, and a Bachelor of Architecture from Korea National University of Arts. Her primary goal is to advise students who wish to apply BPS in their design decision-making process and serve as an MDes tutor to help Ecology and Medium students. Han has presented talks and lectures for the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) at different institutions across the United States and South Korea. Her journal and conference papers on BPS and AI are published in Building and Environment, Building Simulation, International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning, and Energies.