With a commitment to energy and its role in environmental concerns, Ali Malkawi, GSD Professor of Architectural Technology, came to Harvard in 2013 with expertise in building simulation, energy conservation, and sustainability. His mission is to educate the next generation of design leaders on environmental concerns, working with students to explore such issues in their work, from the inner logic of a building’s systems to larger issues of sustainable policy.
An international scholar and energy consultant with a track record running an innovative research center, Malkawi was instrumental in establishing the newly created Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC). In his role as Founding Director, Malkawi collaborates with GSD faculty members and experts in economics, engineering, and biology from across the University to address pressing global concerns related to the built environment.
Through long-term multidisciplinary research, the CGBC addresses the global challenge of climate change by focusing on buildings, which account for the vast majority of energy use and carbon pollution in the world. The CGBC is a game changer for Harvard and for the GSD. Malkawi asserts, “Our design focus provides a unique point of view. We hope to become one of the most influential and comprehensive centers addressing sustainability in the built environment around the world.
The CGBC would not be possible without early stage funding provided by a visionary donor, but the Center requires additional support to reach its full potential. Even as Malkawi’s teams investigate how we can plan and build more sustainable, high performance buildings, the Center itself is housed in an outdated, underperforming space. Innovative new facilities that keep pace with the CGBC’s complex research are necessary to enhance their work on the built environment. The GSD is committed to moving their vision forward.