Volker Hartkopf is a Professor,Carnegie Mellon University ,United States

Volker Hartkopf


Organizing Committee Member

United States

Carnegie Mellon University


Professor, tenured, CMU, Department of Architecture, 1981-present; Chairman MS/PhD Programs 1983-1987; (Associate Professor without tenure 1976-1981; Assistant Professor 1972-1976). Teaching in the first professional programs, B.Arch and M.Arch.: Design studio, lecture courses in Building Performance, Building Diagnostics, Third World Housing. Teaching in M.Sc./PhD Programs: MS/PhD Theory Course, Project Courses, Systems Courses (joint with School of Urban and Public Affairs), lecture courses in Building Performance and Building Diagnostics. Currently chairing nine PhD student committees benefiting from the advice of CBPD colleagues.


Sample Publications

  • Volker Hartkopf, Vivian Loftness, Azizan Aziz, Khee Poh Lam, Stephen Lee, Erica Cochran, Bertrand Lasternas, “The Robert L Preger Intelligent Workplace: The Living and Lived-in Laboratory” in Creating the Productive Workplace—Third Edition 2017, Derek Clements-Croome, editor, Routledge, an imprint of Taylor and Francis.
  • Vivian Loftness, Volker Hartkopf, Azizan Aziz, Joon-Ho Choi and Jihyun Park “Critical Frameworks for Building Evaluation: User Satisfaction, Environmental Measurements and the Technical Attributes of Building Systems (POE+M)”, in Building Performance Evaluation: From Delivery Process to Life Cycle Phases by Springer Publishing, 2017.
  • Dr. Volker Hartkopf Ph.D., Dipl.-Ing., Dr. Azizan Aziz B. Arch, MS Building Performance, Dr. Vivian Loftness FAIA, “Facades and Enclosures,” pages 3675-3705 of the Encyclopedia of Sustainability, Science and Technology, 2012, ISBN: 978-0-387-89469-0 (Print) 978-1-4419-0851-3 (Online)
  • Hartkopf, V., Loftness V., “Strategies for sustainable built environments”, Pages 170-181 in Connected Real Estate, Essays from innovators in real estate, design, and construction, Edited by Kevin O’Donnell and Wolfgang Wagener, CISCO, June 2007. Published by Torworth Publishing, United Kingdom.
  • Hartkopf, V., Loftness V., “Designing Smart Offices and Homes”, Pages 111-115 in Perfect Power, Editors Robert Galvin, Kurt Yeager with Jay Stuller, McGraw Hill Publishers, Printed in the United States 2008.
  • Hartkopf, V., Loftness, V., Aziz, Azizan, The Robert L. Preger Intelligent Workplace and the Building as Power Plant/Invention Works at Carnegie Mellon University, Chapter 19, Pages 319-333, in Creating The Productive Workplace (second edition), Edited by Derek Clements-Croome, Taylor & Francis 2006.
  • Hartkopf, V., Archer, D.H., Loftness, V., Building As Power Plant (BAPP), Pages 55-74 in Smart &
  • Sustainable Built Environments, Editors J. Yang, P.S. Brandon, A.C. Sidwell, Blackwell Publishing 2005.
  • Streitz, Norbert A., J. Seigel, V. Hartkopf, and S. Konomi (Eds.). Lecture Notes in Computer Science #1670: Cooperative Buildings: Integrated Information, Organizations and Architecture. Berlin, Germany: Springer, 1999, including 2 chapters: The GSA Adaptable Workplace Laboratory, pages 12-28 (with V. Loftness, A.Aziz, J.Shankavaram)
  • The Collaborative Building: Mediating Between Climate and Interior Quality, pages 29-44 (with V. Hartkopf, V.Loftness, S.Lee, A.Mahdavi, P.Mathew, J.Shankavaram, A.Aziz)
  • Hartkopf, V., Loftness, V., Aziz, Azizan, Hua, Y Intelligent Buildings-Professional and Educational Implications of Innovations in Building and Construction Pages 551-558 in CIB-W78 Conference July 19-21, 2005, invited presentation/paper, Editors Scherer, R.J., Katranuschkov, P., Schapke, S.-E., Published by: Institute for Construction Informatics, Technische Universitat Dresden, Germany.


  • Hartkopf, V., V. Loftness, P. Mill, and M. Siegel. "Architecture and Software for Interactive Learning about Total Building Performance: Experience Based or Occupancy Expert Systems from Occupants to Facilities Managers and Designers." Chapter 11 in Evaluating and Predicting Design Performance. Ed. Yehuda Kalay. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1992.
  • Hartkopf, V. and V. Loftness. "The Effects of Building Design and Use on Air Quality." In Occupational Medicine: Problem Buildings - Building Associated Illness and the Sick Building Syndrome. Eds. Hanes Cone, M.D. and Michael Hodgson, M.D. Philadelphia: Hanley & Bellfus, Inc., 1989.
  • Hartkopf, V. "Future Office Design and Intelligence." In Survey of Urban Distribution. Ed..Dr. Hosono. Tokyo, Japan, 1989.
  • Hartkopf, V., V. Loftness, and P. Mill. "A Critical Framework for Building Evaluation: Total Building
  • Performance, Systems Integration, and Levels of Measurement and Assessment.” Chapter 12 in Building Evaluation. Ed. Wolfgang F.E. Preiser. New York: Plenum Publishing Corp., 1989, pp. 149-166.


(1964) Vordiplom in Architecture, University of Stuttgart

(1969) Dipl. Ing., Architect, University of Stuttgart

(1972) M. Arch., University of Texas, Austin. TX, (Fulbright Scholar, 1970-72)

(1989) Dr. Ing., (Ph.D.), University of Stuttgart, Germany

(2004) Dr. h.c., Sierra Nevada College, NV for life-long dedication to sustainability


2014    Pittsburgh Business Times Energy Leadership Award

2013  National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Alexander Schwarzkopf Award (“the CBPD was selected for its exemplary research contribution to technology innovation and its positive impact on the technology, industry and the society as a whole”)

2012    Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission EcoSummit Award 

1999    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Award

1999    Business Week and Architectural Record Award

1996    PA Environmental Council Three Rivers Environmental Award

1986    American Institute if Architects Progressive Architecture Award

1975  International Union of Architects Honor Award by the Soviet Union for Bangladesh self-help Refugee Camp Redevelopment, funded by the US Dept. of State Agency for International Development (US AID) 


  • Abraham E. Haspel, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy, Environmental and Economic Policy Analysis, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Policy and International Affairs, 1000 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC 20585.
  • Yang Guoxiong, National Research Center for S&T for Development, Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), P.R. China, P.O. Box 3814, Beijing, P.R. China 100038 to create the Beijing Energy Efficient Office Building for the MOST, as a national demonstration.
  • Dr. Saadi Lahlou, EDF R&D / MTI, 1, ave du Gl. de Gaule, 92141 Clamart Cedex, France, to create the Laboratory for the Design of Cognition.
  • Dr. Jiang, Yi, Professor of Tsinghua University School of Architecture, Head of Department of Building Science and Technology, Postbox 2670, Beijing, P.R. China 100084, to create the Tsinghua University Low Energy Demo Building
  • Nobert A. Streitz, German National Research Center for Information Technology, Darmstadt, Germany.
  • Shin’ichi Konomi, German National Research Center for Information Technology, Darmstadt.
  • Heinz-Jurgen Burkhardt, German National Research Center for Information Technology, Darmstadt.
  • Jane Siegel, HCI Institute, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • Dr. David Archer, Adjunct Professor of Engineering, CBPD, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • Vivian Loftness, University Professor of Architecture, CBPD, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • Dr. Khee Poh Lam, Professor of Architecture, CBPD, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.
  • David Claridge, Dan Turner, Malcolm Verdict, Energy Systems Laboratory, Texas A&M University.