Naim Jabbour

Assistant Professor

Architecture department

Pennsylvania College of Technology

United States



My name is Naim Jabbour. I'm currently pursuing a Doctor of Design (DDes) in architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. I'm an Assistant Professor of architecture and sustainable design at Penn College, an affiliate of Penn State University. I’m also the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation S-STEM BE (Built Environment) Scholars Grant Program. I earned my Bachelor of Architecture degree from Louisiana State University, followed by two Master’s degrees: A Master of Science in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University and Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability from Harvard University. I've also earned several post-graduate sustainability certificates from Harvard University. On the professional side, my tenure encompassed an eight-year position as a project designer/executive at PBK, a top tier national design firm located in Houston Texas. I've also served as a National Chair at the Center for Green Schools within the US Green Building Council. I practice architecture part-time in Lebanon. I'm also a LEED accredited professional and an associate AIA. I am heavily invested in sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Area of Interests

I'm interested in architecture that adopts a restorative, symbiotic, and regenerative approach; architecture that captures the essence of space; architecture of experiences and events. My ultimate goal is the advancement of sustainable architecture: a process that entails promoting high performance buildings that are well integrated, energy efficient, and highly resilient. I'm constantly striving to promote architecture that is equally articulated by both tectonics and environment. As designers, we need to strive towards a pragmatic utopian architecture that promotes socially, economically, and environmentally practical and playful places. The research arena I’m interested in covers the areas of Building Performance and Zero Energy Buildings. The subject matter encompasses the study of the nexus between architectural systems and the energy performance. The objective of the research is to develop paradigms that will lead to advancement and evolution of sustainable and regenerative architectural solutions.

Areas of Interest:

• Zero Energy Buildings

• Building Performance Modeling

• Discourse Analysis in the Context of Sustainability

• Biomimicry, Ecological Design, and Ecological Urbanism

• Bio-climatic and Bio-adaptive Architecture

• Dynamic/Responsive/Smart Facades

• One Planet Communities

• Sustaining cities in the developing world