Student / Alumni
Alpha Yacob Arsano

Alpha Yacob Arsano is a PhD candidate in Architecture and Building Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Alpha is an Ethiopian architect with a great interest in maximizing passive building strategies in different climatic conditions. She studies the potential of natural ventilation in buildings, thermal comfort of occupants and effect of climate change in various climates around the globe. Before coming to MIT for her Master’s study, Alpha was an academic fellow at Transsolar Energietechnik, a climate engineering consultancy firm in Stuttgart, Germany. She had studied architecture at the Ethiopian Institute EiABC in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and did an internship at the architectural firm Allmann Sattler Wappner in Munich, Germany. Alpha has developed a digital design tool named CLIMA+ that can inform building owners, architects and engineers at an early design stage. CLIMA+ is a prototype implemented to bring environmental elements into built structures and aims to take maximum advantage of the resources from the natural environment. The underlying mission is to promote the design of buildings that use less air-conditioning systems and consume less energy leading to a more sustainable and healthy environment.


2017 SMARCHS Thesis: CLIMA +: An Early Design Natural Ventilation Prediction Method

Areas of Interest
Alternative Energy, Building Energy, Building Materials, Building Ventilation, Climate Change, Computation, Daylighting, Graphic Representation, Sustainability, Visualization

Education

2017 - Present
PhD. candidate in building technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2015 - 2017
Master of science in architecture studies in building technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2007 - 2013
BS in Architecture, Ethiopian institute of architecture, building construction and city planning (EiABC)

Academic Experience

2018 - Present
Teaching assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2015 - Present
Research assistant, Sustainable design lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018 -
Presenter, 2018 North America Passive House Conference
2018 -
Presenter, 2018 BCP conference, Illinois Institute of Technology
2017 -
Presenter, IBPSA international conference
2012 -
Project addis vision 2050 symposium organizer, EiABC and Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore collaboration
2012 -
The new town of BuraNEST project researcher, EiABC and ETH Zurich collaboration
2012 -
Summer school participant, University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Northwestern Switzerland)
2012 -
Conference participant, Future Cities Laboratory, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2012 -
Presenter on Future cities: society, technlogy, and drivers of change, Academy Engleberg
2011 - 2012
Teaching assistant, EiABC

Professional Experience

2018 - Present
President, IBPSA Boston
2017 - 2018
President, ASHRAE MIT student chapter
2013 - 2014
Climate engineer, Transsolar energietechnik
2013 - 2014
Practicing architect, Allmann Sattler Wappner
2013 -
Project architect, Ethiopian ministry of urban development and construction
2013 -
Architect, Fasil Giorghis architects and planners

Awards

2017 - 2018
MIT Presidential Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2018 -
Changed climate competition finalist, MIT and Energy Intiative Solutions
2013 - 2014
Fellowship, Transsolar academy
2013 -
For a lighter budren competition winner, The water channels, Netherlands
2013 -
Best achieving female student, Addis Ababa University (EIABC)
2012 -
Carbon free neighborhoods competition winner, World student summit for sustainability