Building Sustainable Futures – March 18, 2020 – Holly Samuelson

On Buildings, Energy, and Health in a Changing Climate

Speaker: Holly Samuelson, Harvard

When: Wed, 18 March 2020 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: CIRS Building, BC Hydro Theatre (main floor), 2260 West Mall, Vancouver
Tickets: Free, but please register here

The Building Sustainable Futures seminar series aims to catalyze solutions-focused conversations around sustainability challenges, with a strong applied sciences flavour. The series is an opportunity to bring leading speakers from Canada, and elsewhere globally, to engage with students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at UBC Vancouver and the University of Victoria.


The series’ second speaker is Dr. Holly Samuelson from Harvard, presenting her talk “On Buildings, Energy, and Health in a Changing Climate.”

Abstract: This talk presents research using building performance simulation and other methods to improve energy and environmental performance and human health in buildings and cities. Topics include improving modeling methods for urban context, stormwater, occupant behavior, and occupant views. Other topics include investigations into heat vulnerability at the building and city scale, as well as moisture and mold performance of buildings in future climates.

Bio: Dr. Samuelson is an Assistant Professor of Architectural Technology at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and co-head of the Master of Design in Energy and Environment program. Her research and teaching focuses on energy performance, occupant behavior, and health in buildings in a changing climate.

Among her authored and coauthored papers, she has contributed articles to Applied Energy, Journal of Environmental Management, Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, and the Journal of Building Performance Simulation.

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 Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon as well as a Master of Design and Doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Building Sustainable Futures is a joint effort between Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria, and UBC’s Mechanical Engineering Department, Civil Engineering Department, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, the Institute for Resources, Environment, & Sustainability, and the UBC Sustainability Initiative.