Emeritus Professor & Director

Carnegie Mellon Center for Building Performance

Volker Hartkopf, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Center for Building Performance & Diagnostics (CBPD) at Carnegie Mellon University. With the support of the National Science Foundation, he initiated the first inter-disciplinary graduate Masters and PhD program merging architecture, engineering and planning to address the performance of the built environment 50 years ago. A frequent keynote speaker around the world, Dr. Hartkopf has authored over 200 peer reviewed technical publications, books and book chapters on sustainable and high performance buildings. He initiated the Advanced Building Systems Integration Consortium (ABSIC), designated as the first National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Program focused on the built environment (NSF I/UCRC). Professor Hartkopf’s leadership advanced research and

demonstrations of high performance work environments around the world, including the 1997 completion of the Robert L.Preger Intelligent Workplace (IW) at Carnegie Mellon, which won an AIA Honor Award and the Business Week Architectural Record Award. This project contributed to numerous breakthrough buildings and labs around the world, including the MOST Agenda 21 Headquarters in Beijing, the Tsinghua University Low Energy Demo Building, the EdF Laboratory for Design of Cognition in Paris, the Mercedes Benz Marketing Academy in Stuttgart, and the Adaptable Workplace Lab in the General Service Administration headquarters in Washington, DC. An honorary Professor at Tongxi, Tsinghua, and Sierra Nevada University, Volker Hartkopf received his Diplom Engineer and PhD at the University of Stuttgart and a Master of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.