Christoph Reinhart is a building scientist and architectural educator working in the field of sustainable building design and environmental modeling. He joined the Department of Architecture in January 2012 as an Associate Professor. He is leading a research group called the Sustainable Design Lab.
Between 2008 and 2011 Reinhart served on the faculty of the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University where he led the school’s sustainable design concentration area. In 2009, the GSD student forum voted him 'Teacher of the Year' out of 77 instructors in the Department of Architecture. From 1997 to 2008 Reinhart had worked as a staff scientist at the National Research Council of Canada and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Germany.
His research expertise is in daylighting, passive climatization techniques, urban modeling and the influence of occupant behavior on building energy use. The design tools developed by his group are used by thousands of architecture and engineering firms in over 90 countries. He currently serves on the editorial board of several journals including the IBPSA Journal of Building Performance Simulation. He has authored over 100 scientific articles including three book chapters and his work has been supported by a variety of organizations from the National Science Foundation to Autodesk. The outcomes of his research have been recognized with various awards among them the ARUP Best Paper Price at Building Simulation 2009 and the 2010 Leon Gaster Price from the Society of Light and Lighting.