Jeffrey Huang


Dr. Jeffrey Huang is Associate Professor of Architecture, Digital Media and Information Technology at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and since 2003 also at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). Huang's teaching focuses on the intersection of digital media and architecture. Huang's research "Internet and Architecture" explores the vision of bringing the physical and virtual environments together. He investigates the possibility of combining physical architecture and information structures to support integrated offline and online processes for business and everyday social activities, such as learning, working, shopping, playing and healing. Recent projects include: (1) the Swisshouse project, a prototype networked consulate for Switzerland, (2) Team Learning Module, an interactive team learning platform for collaborative learning, (3) Digital Agora, an inhabitable interface in Washington D.C. for interactive research among distributed classics scholars for Harvard's Center for Hellenic Studies (currently under construction), and (4) Smart Store, a prototype interactive environment for mass-customization in Helsinki. Huang has published and lectured widely on the convergence of physical and virtual architecture, including “Future Space: A Blueprint for a New Business Architecture” in Harvard Business Review, and a forthcoming book (with Muriel Waldvogel) on “Architecture as Interface.” His research has appeared on CNN, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Le Temps, Science, Architectural Record, Agefi. A native of Rome, Italy, and a Swiss citizen, Huang received his diploma in architecture (DiplArch) from the ETH Zurich and his master's (MDesS) and doctoral (DDes) degrees in inter-organizational information systems from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Gerald McCue Medal. (source:

2005 Research Project Swiss House II funded by Swiss Government / Extension of the networked consulate
2003 Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS), Harvard University
2003 Research Project Team Learning Module funded by Harvard Provost Innovation Grant / Software platform for collaborative design and team learning
2002 Reserch Project Environmental Knowroom funded by the International Center for the Environment/US Environmental Protection Agency / Development of information wall about sustainability
2001 - 2004 Research Project Educology funded by Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch / Research on e-education: Future of Learning
2001 - 2004 Research Project Future Office funded by Microsoft Research / Research on interactive workspace and physical/virtual office
2001 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Design (GSD), Harvard University
2001 Research Project Digital Agora funded by the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies / Prototype distance learning environment, Roomware for remote collaborative research
1999 - 2004 Research Project Swiss House funded by Lombard Odier, Swiss Government, Phase I / Prototype networked consulate
1999 - 2000 Reserach Project Virtual Playground funded by Tozier Foundation / Research of emerging virtual playgrounds and learning architectures for children (K-12)
1998 - 2001 Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
1997 - 1998 Lecturer, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
1997 Doctor of Design, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design / Dissertation: "Inter-organizational Information Systems in Design"
1996 - 1997 Research Assistant, MIT Sloan School of Management, MIT, Cambridge MA
1994 - 1995 Assistant, Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
1994 Master of Design Studies, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design / Area of Study: Computer-Aided Design.
1991 Diploma in Architecture, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich
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