David Fannon

Associate Professor,  School of Architecture
Associate Professor,  Civil and Environmental Engineering



  • 375 Ryder Hall
  • 617.373.2641

Research Focus

Sustainable and high performance building design; persistent architecture and resilience; human health, safety, and comfort in the built environment.


  • MS, Building Science and Sustainability, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • B-Arch, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2005


  • Registered Architect: New York
  • Leed Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction

Honors & Awards

  • Latrobe Prize, American Institute of Architects College of Fellows

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Boston Society of Architects
  • Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE)
  • Building Technology Educators Society (BETES)

Research Overview

Sustainable and high performance building design; persistent architecture and resilience; human health, safety, and comfort in the built environment.

Selected Research Projects

  • A Scalable Hardware-and-Human-in-the-Loop Grid- Interactive Efficient Building Equipment Performance Dataset
    Co-Principal Investigator, Department of Energy EERE: Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT)
  • Future-Use Architecture: Design for Persistent Change
    Principal Investigator, Latrobe Prize, American Institute of Architects
  • Building Resilience: A Tool for Adaptability Planning and Decision-Making
    Co-Principal Investigator, Northeastern University

Selected Publications

  • Fannon, D.; Laboy, M.; Wiederspahn, P. The Architecture of Persistence: Designing for Future Use. New York, Routledge. 2022. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003042013
  • Phillips, Robert*; David Fannon; and Matthew J. Eckelman. Dynamic modeling of future climatic and technological trends on life cycle global warming impacts and occupant satisfaction in US office buildings. Energy and Buildings. Vol 256. November 25, 2021.
  • Phillips, Robert*; Luke Troup*; David Fannon; and Matthew J. Eckelman. Triple Bottom Line Sustainability Assessment of Window-to-Wall Ratio in US Office Buildings. Building and Environment. Vol. 182. September, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2020.107057.
  • Troup, Luke*; Fannon, David; Eckelman, Matthew. Spatio-temporal Changes among Site-to-Source Conversion Factors for Building Energy Modeling. Energy and Buildings. Vol 213. April 15, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2020.109832 D.

Spotlight Story

Mar 14, 2024

Developing a Sustainability Career from a Mechanical Engineering Foundation

A master’s degree from Northeastern and a co-op at BR + A helped Tammy Ngo, MS’23, sustainable building systems, change her career trajectory from mechanical engineering to sustainable building design.

In the Media

Feb 08, 2022

The Secret to Beijing’s Olympic Venues? More than Half the Buildings Were Used Before

CAMD/CEE Associate Professor David Fannon was featured in the Fast Company article “The secret to Beijing’s Olympic venues? More than half the buildings were used before.”

building design concept for solar


Mar 18, 2021

Northeastern Team Named Finalists of DOE Solar Decathlon Competition

A team of Northeastern University students was named Finalists in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2021 Design Challenge. The students, guided by faculty advisor Associate Professor David Fannon of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Architecture, will compete virtually before industry-recognized judges at the Solar Decathlon Competition event in […]

Michael KaneI, David Fannon, and Misha Pavel


Apr 28, 2020

Kane Receives $2.2M Department of Energy Grant for Flexible Building Technologies

The US Department of Energy awarded CEE Assistant Professor Michael Kane (PI), CAMD/CEE Assistant Professor David Fannon, and ECE affiliated faculty Misha Pavel $2.2M to create an open dataset characterizing occupant-centric control of grid-interactive efficient buildings.


Apr 11, 2020

FY21 TIER 1 Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 19 COE faculty and affiliates who were recipients of FY21 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 13 different projects.

sustainable building materials exhibition


Feb 18, 2020

DURABLE: Sustainable Material Ecologies, Assemblies and Cultures

A  new exhibition at the BSA Space – DURABLE: Sustainable Material Ecologies, Assemblies, and Cultures, curated by CEE faculty David Fannon and Matthew Eckelman, as well as Architecture faculty Michelle Laboy and Peter Wiederspahn, explores the materials used to construct the built environment which are critical components to the sustainability of our cities.


Dec 14, 2018

Future-Use Architecture

CAMD/CEE Assistant Professor David Fannon is working with Michelle Laboy and Peter Wiederspahn from the School of Architecture to design buildings that can stand the test of time and can be easily converted to meet future needs.


May 10, 2018

Aduralere Selected as Leader of Tomorrow

Mechanical Engineering Masters student Timothy Aduralere, MS’18, won the 48th St. Gallen Symposium essay competition for his submission “Reinventing for the Unknown: A Pivotal Approach to Maximize the Constantly Evolving Future of Work“. They received submissions from almost 1,300 contestants, representing 350 universities and more than 100 nationalities making the 30th  anniversary of the St. […]

Aug 16, 2016

Olympic Nomadic Architecture

Assistant Professor David Fannon who has a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, explains how the Olympics designs its buildings to be converted for future use.

Nov 03, 2015

Fannon & Eckelman Receive AIA Grant

CEE Assistant Professors David Fannon, Matthew Eckelman, and Architecture Assistant Professor Michelle Laboy's project "Building Resilience: A Tool for Planning & Decision-making" was selected to be a part of the 2015 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative.

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