Where are our alumni now?

Name Year Position Firm
Aylin Ozkan 2011 Energy Consultant RWDI
Jonathan Shrift 2011 Design Coordinator / Project Manager Sentinel Real Estate
Jongpil Park 2011 Senior Technical Coordinator STL Architects, Chicago, IL
Katrina Fernandez Nova 2011 Senior Architect & Project Manager Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Kelly Smyth 2011 Project Architect Genesis Engineers
Lourdes Espaillat 2011 Junior Architect/ Environmental Building Designer HMR Architects, Princeton, NJ
Mostapha Sadeghipour Roudsari 2011 Co-Founder Ladybug Tools
Niketa Laheri, LEED AP 2011 Architectural Design Specialist KlingStubbins
Sung Lee 2011 PM/PE/COR General Services Administration (GSA)
Chanyang Shin 2012 Senior Environmental Designer Atelier Ten, New York, NY
Helena Zambrano 2012 Design Consultant Department of Sustainability, San Antonio, TX
Jerelle Carriere 2012 Project Architect McKissack & McKissack
Manuel Marti, AIA 2012 Studio Head PALMA, Chicago, Il
Pratik Zaveri 2012 Principal Architect  Practicing Architect
Qiongwen Kong, RA, LEED AP 2012 Senior Associate NELSON
Rutvan Sheth 2012 Partner V-CREATE l IGBC AP
Ryan Kyung-il Chung 2012 Project Designer HMC Architects, Ontario, CA
Samin Barghan, LEED AP 2012 MBA Candidate UCLA Anderson School of Management
Vladislav Pejic 2012 Design Program Manager Lutron Electronics
Chris S. Colgan 2013 Project Architect Jacobs, Philadelphia PA
Hyoungsub Kim 2013 Assistant professor California State University, Sacramento
Jai Chung 2013 Design Builder / Estimator ECCO III Enterprises, Inc.
Mahnaz Maroufi 2013 Project Architect/Manager OLI Architecture PLLC
Sarita Sen 2013 Senior Project Manager University of Delaware
Shadi Abdel Haleem 2013 Instructor in Architecture and Design Virginia Tech
Steven Ni 2013 Development Manager Sunny Skies Terrace, real estate development 
Tanya Kataria, 2013 Project Coordinator Weber Thompson
Yu Tian Chen 2013 SMTam Architects SMTam Architects
Carolina Gallegos Navarro 2014 Architect Cecil Baker + Partners
Chong Hyun (Johnny) Cho 2014 Senior Project Associate Northland Power Inc., Development Asia
Daniel Se-hyun Kim 2014 Project Architect Stantec
Devang Chauhan 2014 Software Developer & Designer AEC
Jill Kurtz, AIA 2014 Principal + Director of Building Sciences Page, Houston, TX
Luke Butcher 2014 Director Butcher Bayley Architects
Priyanka Damle 2014 Policy Officer - Sustainability Homes Victoria
Ramy Garas 2014 Assistant Managing Director at Al Garas Food Ingredients Bellfoods
Saahiti Penigalapati 2014 Integrated Design and Certification Specialist SERA Architects, Portland
Xiufang Zhao 2014 Intern Jaguar Growth Partners
Amrita Ghosh 2015 Facade Designer BuroHappold Engineering
Chenyang Lu 2015 Director  Delos
Jennifer Chalos, LEED AP 2015 Senior Environmental Designer Atelier Ten
JungWon Jais Kwon 2015 Associate, Sustainable Design Specialist FXCollaborative
Shai Gerner 2015 Project Manager The Trump Group
Ashish Khemchandani 2016 Building and Project Performance Analyst ZGF Architects
Evan Oskierko-Jeznaki 2016 Phd Candidate University o f Pennsylvania
Janki Vyas 2016 Principal / Lecturer KARMA co/lab / University of Pennsylvania
JeeEun Lee 2016 Ph.D. student in Human Behavior and Design Cornell University
Ksenia Johnson (Knyazkina) 2016 Design Technology, Sustainability Tools Rivian
Mingbo Peng 2016 Developer of Colibri Grasshopper, DesignExplorer, Ironbug
Munazza Bhatti 2016 BIM Technician DWA/Innovativo Design, Inc.
Niccolo Benghi 2016 North America Business Development Infinity | The Engineered Surface
Pegah Mathur 2016 PhD in Health Focused Environmental Building Design North Carolina Statue University
Shengji Tan 2016 Associate Architect Los Angeles
Shengliang Rong 2016 Senior Director Delos
Shin Yi Kwan 2016 Built Environment Engineer  Nikken Sekkei Ltd
Jose Barria 2017 Consultant Entropica (my own consultancy)
Mansi Dhanuka 2017 Architect and Environmental Designer Jacobs
Samantha Aguilar 2017 Architect SmithGroup
Aishwarya Katta 2018 Architectural Designer, High Performance Modelling Jacobs, Philadelphia, PA
Kirin Kenendy 2018 Designer II DIGSAU
Silmi Farah 2018 Architectural Designer, Leed AP BD+C J.B.Nicholson Architecture
Weston Huang 2018 UIUX Strategic Designer CNH Industrial
Youngjin Hwang 2018 Assistant Professor University of Oklahoma
Yuqing Lu 2018 Assistant Architect AECOM
Hwang Yi 2019 Assistant Professor Architecture, Florida International University
Michaela Singson 2019 Building Science Specialist | Sustainability Team Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture
Namita Kara 2019 Environmental Designer Atelier Ten, San Francisco
Nikita Jathan 2019 Design Staff Atelier Ten, New York, NY
Shibei Huang 2019 Building Enclosure Consultant RWDI
Ziao wang 2019 PhD  TUDelft
Jiayuan Wang 2020 Designer HKS, Inc.
Madonna Nisha Miranda 2020 Building Science Intern Robert Cohen Architects
Maria F. Trevino 2020 Community Planner National Park Service
Sung Di 2020 Sustainable Design coordinator Ayers Saint Gross
Surya Prabhakaran 2020 Building Performance Researcher Kieran Timberlake
Vidya Unnikrishnan 2020 Design Staff Atelier Ten, San Francisco, CA
Xuezhu(Chiara) Sun 2020 Junior Architect/ Environmental Building Designer Derek Rubinoff, Architect 

 

How has the EBD program shaped your career?

Name How has the EBD program shaped your career?
Shengji Tan It gives me a better understanding of environmental and energy conservation building design.
Katrina Fernandez Nova It gives me a better understanding of environmental and energy conservation building design.
Youngjin Hwang EBD allowed me to establish a strong foundation for a deep understanding of building science and architectural design, emphasizing building energy system and thermal comfort. This learning from EBD established my transdisciplinary building energy system research perspective during my PhD.
Maria F. Trevino It gave me the tools and and understanding of how the environment works, how to respond to it, and how ecosystems work together. It also broaden my consciousness on how systems are connected and how they affect each other. That knowledge has had a powerful impact on my community projects. Through art, climate knowledge and sustainability recommendations I am helping various communities in Montana, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas. One of those projects specifically focuses on the use of urban tree canopy to mitigate Urban Heat Island, a concept I learned to respond to while doing the EBD program.
Weston Huang Even though I transferred my career from architecture to software development, EBD program still played an influential part of my career. Humanity of design is the most valuable experience I had in this program. We did not only focus on the aesthetics or functionality of a house, we explored means to optimize human interaction and sensation in the artificial and natural environment. This learning experience gradually lead me to become an UXUI designer.
Jose Barria oof. where do we start?
MEBD gave me the tools to understand the different ways that energy shapes architecture, and vice versa. It enabled me to speak in terms of building science, HVAC, electricity (grids etc), simulations, while still being in the realm of design, human behaviour and aesthetics.
On a practical level, I'm proud to be a consultant and mediator between architects, engineers, developers, who are interested in issues of energy. This program opens your eyes to see beyond stuff like LEED and certifications, as well as the fluff behind ordinary simulations.
On a conceptual level, I have to thank ALL of the content from ETD (my favorite course by far), especially the part that focuses on systems thinking and the idea of leverage - places to intervene in a system, if I recall. I feel that architects who focus on energy are always somehow connected to policy making, and lessons from Dr Braham plus excerpts from Donella Meadows just give you the right mindset.
The MEBD was by far the most exciting part of my education. Please ask me more about it.
Steven Ni Positively, provided academic knowledge for understanding MEP systems and how/why they are designed and incorporated into the building 
Saahiti Penigalapati EBD helped me grow into my current role as a Integrated Design Specialist.
Pratik Zaveri Gave realistic and rational understanding of Sustainability for Urban context. Help me to see and observe buildings and strategies more critically while responding to the environment and its effect on climate.
Jais Kwon EBD Program provided guidance to merge design and sustainability and  work in a specialized position in AEC industry. 
Shibei building science, analysis, research training, and technical thinking. And great people.
Kirin Kenendy I am helping lead the sustainability effort in our office. I was a founding member of the Sustainability Working group and currently chairing it. I have helped to roll out numerous initiatives and am spearheading daylighting and energy modeling (and its rollout) in the office. I have also been a part of the Philly COTE network and have led some presentations with their 2030 group.
Michaela Singson It gave me the tools to pivot my career towards sustainability. 
Namita Kara The EBD program has helped me build a great foundation for all things related to sustainable building design. It also helped me realize that I'm most interested in the environmental design and daylighting aspects of architecture.
Namita Kara It gave me a really good foundation going into sustainable design and helped me learn all aspects of the profession, including those I don't work on in my day to day
Ziao wang It changed a lot to transfer me from a design based background to a research relative background and finally lead me to a PhD position in building energy field.

 

What skills were the most and least useful?

Name What skills were the most and least useful?
Shengji Tan Understanding of the whole system and the role of environmental design in the architecture industry.
Katrina Fernandez Nova Most useful were the thinking in systems class, as well as the computational modeling aspects: solar, daylight, energy. Also really benefitted from some energy classes at the engineering school. Least useful were probably some electives including Landscape design, but those were of my own choosing.
Youngjin Hwang The most useful skills: Various energy modeling and simulation skills, emergy, and building energy system principles.
The least useful skills: Nothing! 
Maria F. Trevino Learning how to think about eco-systems, how to graphically represent problems and solutions, vocabulary and terminology, Learned about systems and how they work together and their impacts, Environmental Critical Thinkig, Emergy.
Least useful, I currently don't work at a firm so simulation has not been very useful. 
Weston Huang It depends on which circumstance we are talking about.
Shengliang Rong  Critical thinking, data analytics, building science knowledge are most helpful skills
Jose Barria -a base understanding of HVAC, energy consumption, and stuff that's usually alien to architects
-simulations for sure
-systems thinking for sure
Steven Ni CFD and energy modeling - least useful
Understanding energy consumption and cost of energy - very useful
Saahiti Penigalapati Most useful skills are performance simulation tools.
Pratik Zaveri Readiness to explore various tools and software and work in a team were really useful.  
Jais Kwon All analysis and basic knowledge about climate, and sustainable strategies were very helpful. Physical model making and envelope history were probably least helpful. 
Kirin Kenendy Most useful were probably daylighting + energy modeling. 
Michaela Singson Most useful - analytical skills, developed from the building performance and design classes. 
Namita Kara - Big picture of different parts of sustainable design, energy analysis/daylighting/studio/building simulation etc.
Ziao wang Building simulation and relative building environment knowledge a most useful. Some elective courses are not very helpful. 

 

What do you think is important for current EBD students to learn?

Name What do you think is important for current EBD students to learn?
Shengji Tan Simulation Software and Visualization of the analytical process, communication, and presentation.
Katrina Fernandez Nova Embodied carbon accounting, sustainability of different structural systems, mechanical systems and energy simulation.
Youngjin Hwang 1) How to seamlessly apply all your technical learnings to design work, 2) how to balance between design and technological approach, and 3) how to interpret and validate your simulation results
Maria F. Trevino Critical thinking, at first it was complicated to me some of the terminology of conditions such as urban heat island, passive and active systems and how they worked together. I think that no matter where you are, if you understand how things function in an ecosystem, environmental forces, human conditioning, worst and best outcomes, learn what data and results mean - you can communicate not only with planners and designers, but also policy, communities, educators, and businesses who want to build resiliency.
Weston Huang Data analysis, Python
Shengliang Rong  Dependent on future career choice but definitely to keep open mind on things beyond architecture 
Jose Barria pay attention to how things actually work, instead of just the rule of thumb.
it's important to understand how the concepts apply to different climates, not just the ones they live/work in. energy consultancy is a very international thing, you will soon learn.
also, the world of energy efficiency (facades, hvac, etc) is quickly evolving and somehow trending, and you will be able to spot bullshit if you understand thermodynamics at its core.
Steven Ni Applying systems and process thinking to beyond just architecture.
Saahiti Penigalapati Circular economy and policy creation in terms of climate change. Ability to improve and adapt new simulation tools as required by firms as they adapt to new generation of simulations. Python and data analysis seems to prevalent in the industry now.
Pratik Zaveri The interrelationship between active and passive strategies. And how these need to go hand in hand. Also the Energy Codes and Standards. 
Jais Kwon Truly fundamental knowledge of sustainable design and the details. You should be able to explain very primary principles to others who don't know much about sustainability and why it's important 
Shibei Data skills, simulation, understanding of the system.
Kirin Kenendy I think understanding definitions, how to energy model properly and an ability to teach it to others. In most cases sustainability consultants or team members need to be able to shepherd the process and explain things to others.
Michaela Singson I think its important for them to learn (at least) the basics for energy, daylight, wind, radiation simulation + LCA calculations. But more than learning HOW to run simulations, is learning how to analyze the results and make decisions on where design is going from there. 
Namita Kara To learn interpretation of analysis results. Creative problem solving to work within tight constraints seen in projects.
Ziao wang Building energy system and relative knowledge, like heat transfer in buildings.

 

What experiences or anecdotes can you share with current students?

Name What experiences or anecdotes can you share with current students?
Maria F. Trevino I never thought I would work for the government and yet here I am. MEBD students learn things that are not taught in architecture school, it makes you a competitive professional. The degree can be used in many other fields, you can apply the degree to work with businesses, communities, scientists, engineers, planners, and educatirs, etc. There is a lot of opportunity and room for MEBD students because you learn not only to understand environmental problems in a comprehensive way (we live in times of environmental depletion), you know how to come up with solutions, and then represent those solutions to communicate with the public. I have come across communities they don't know what Climate Change is, they don't even know what a trail is. You have the opportunity as an environmental designer to explain in multiple ways and educate others about important challenges that our planet is facing. 
Jose Barria my group and I did MEBD wednesdays, and went for dinner only with the energy nerds
do mingle with others on friday happy hours. these are amazing