Holly Samuelson

Assistant Professor of Architecture

Holly W. Samuelson, DDes, LEED, Registered Architect

Area Head, Energy and Environment MDes area group

Dr. 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. Her research focuses on building performance simulation at the intersection of energy, occupant behavior, and health.

Among her authored and coauthored papers, she has contributed articles to Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, Building Simulation, and the Journal of Building Performance Simulation. Samuelson has presented at multiple conferences, including the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) conference, where her work was awarded the ARUP best paper prize for Simulation and Design. She has given invited public lectures at Harvard, MIT, and elsewhere. In 2014 she was named the “Outstanding Young Contributor” by IBPSA USA.

Samuelson serves on the national board of Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD). She has been awarded research grants from the Harvard Climate Change Solutions Fund, the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the International Facilities Management Association, and others.

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. She earned a Doctor of Design and Master of Design 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.