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Alpha Yacob Arsano

Alpha Yacob Arsano is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture. Her research focuses on passive and hybrid building strategies for various climatic contexts.

In particular, her work presents the development and application of an early-stage design analysis method called climabox as a toolset to evaluate the potential for low-carbon building strategies in any location for which climate data is available. The methodology has been implemented in a web app called ClimaPlus that has been successfully tested with more than 33,000 learners in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), launched in collaboration with MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), to teach sustainable building design as part of the Future of Energy Systems MicroMasters program.

Arsano is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Architecture and Building Technology at MIT. Earlier, she was an academic fellow at Transsolar Energietechnik, a climate engineering consultancy in Stuttgart, Germany.




  • MIT, PhD, Architecture, Building Technology
  • MIT, MS, Environmental Design/Architecture
  • EiABC, BS, Architecture