Kiel Moe

Kiel Moe

Gerald Sheff Chair in Architecture

BArch (Cincinnati), MArch (Virginia), MDes (Harvard)

Macdonald-Harrington Building
Room 215D
Tel.: (514) 398-4040 [at] (Email)


Kiel Moe is a registered practicing architect and Gerald Sheff Chair of Architecture at McGill University. He was previously Associate Professor of Architecture & Energy in the Department of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design where also served as a Co-Director of the MDes degree program in the Advanced Studies Program, Co-Coordinator of the Energy & Environments MDes concentration, and Director of the Energy, Environments, and Design research unit at the GSD.

In recognition of his design and research, he was awarded the 2017-2019 Mellon Foundation/Canadian Centre for Architecture Project on Environmental Histories of Architecture, the 2016-17 Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Helsinki, Finland, the 2009-10 Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize Fellow in Architecture, and three fellowships at the MacDowell Colony in 2012, 2014 and 2016. Additionally he received the 2013 Boston Design Biennial Award, the 2011 Architecture League of New York Prize, the 2011 AIA National Young Architect Award, and numerous design awards for individual projects from the AIA, North American Wood Design Awards, and Boston Society of Architects, among others. He is recipient of research funding from the Canadian Center for Architecture/Mellon Foundation, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, the Softwood Lumber Board, the AIA Upjohn grant program, the AIA RFP grant program, the Boston Society of Architects Architectural research program, Junior Faculty research grants at the GSD and the Northeastern University Provost Faculty Development program.

He has published several books, including Empire, State & Building, ACTAR, 2017; Insulating Modernism: Isolated and Non-Isolated Thermodynamics in Architecture, Birkhauser, 2014; The Hierarchy of Energy in Architecture: Emergy Analysis with Ravi S. Srinivasan, 2015; Convergence: An Architectural Agenda for Energy, 2013,Thermally Active Surfaces in Architecture, 2010 and Integrated Design in Contemporary Architecture, 2008. He was co-editor of Building Systems: Design Technology & Society, 2012. He is currently completing What is Energy & How (Else) Might We Think About It? with Sanford Kwinter, Actar (2018); and Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial, with Jane Hutton and Daniel Ibanez, Actar (2018).

Moe received a BArch from the University of Cincinnati, the MArch from University of Virginia, and the MDes in Design and Environmental Studies from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Advanced Studies Program. He taught previously at Syracuse University where he was also associated with the Syracuse Center of Energy and Environmental Excellence. Before that, he was the Herbert S. Greenwald Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

In recognition of his pedagogy and teaching, Moe was awarded the 2010 ACSA/AIAS New Faculty Teaching Award. In 1997, Moe worked at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. One of his articles in the Journal of Architectural Education, “Extra-Ordinary Performances at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies,” is based on his examination of the building while employed there. This article was awarded the 2009 ACSA/JAE Best Scholarship of Design Award.

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