Alpha Yacob Arsano

Arsano is an Assistant Professor of Race and Social Justice in the Built Environment at Northeastern University. She earned a SMArchS and a Ph.D. in building technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where she was a Presidential Fellow and recipient of the TODA Award. Her research
work has been funded by the TATA foundation and the MIT Energy Initiative. Before joining MIT, Arsano was an academic fellow at Transsolar Energietechnik, a climate engineering consultancy in Stuttgart, Germany, and interned at the architectural firm Allmann Sattler Wappner in Munich.

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Arsano’s research and teaching explore strategies to maximize low-energy, equitable bioclimatic building strategies in different climatic conditions. She studies the potential of low-carbon systems in buildings, thermal comfort and health of occupants, and the effect of climate change with a focus on the majority world. In addition, Arsano developed a digital design tool, ClimaPlus, to promote building design that integrates bioclimatic strategies with technology to reduce energy consumption in pursuit of a more sustainable and healthier environment.