Student / Alumni
Catherine De Wolf

Catherine De Wolf is a PhD Candidate in Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with Prof. John Ochsendorf and a Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge with Dr. Alice Moncaster and Prof. Peter Guthrie.

She is doing a PhD in the Building Technology lab where she incorporates environmental design into the workflow of engineers and architects, looking at the whole life cycle embodied carbon in building structures in collaboration with global structural design firms including Arup, Thornton Tomasetti and Weidlinger, Ney & Partners and SOM. In the framework of this topic, she is currently doing research in the CUBES (Cambridge University Built Environment Sustainability) group at the University of Cambridge, where she works with industry leaders including Sturgis Carbon Profiling, Arup, Faithful & Gould, Laing O'Rourke and Sustainable Building Partnership.

She obtained a Master of Science in Building Technology at the MIT department of architecture, with a thesis on structural material quantities in buildings and their environmental impact. She also worked as a visiting researcher for Arup and as an engineering intern at Ney & Partners. She is involved in several research projects such as the sustainability of the built environment in Kuwait, the development of an interactive database for embodied carbon in buildings, the urban metabolism of African city typologies and the Local Economical Development of township renovations in South Africa.

Catherine studied Civil Engineering & Architecture at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Double Degree, Dutch and French), Belgium, where she graduated in 2012 with highest honor and the award of excellence "Victor Horta". In Belgium, her research in the field of Life Cycle Design was related to how interactions between buildings, components and materials can support design for re-use through sustainable material management, applied to the renovation of residential building typologies in Brussels.

She studied vaults and arch bridges at Cambridge University, UK, for the European Summer School on Construction History, during the summer of 2011.

2014 SMBT Thesis: Material quantities in building structures and their environmental impact