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David Fannon

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


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Research Focus

Sustainable and high performance building design; development of sustainable building technologies; human comfort within 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

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; development of sustainable building technologies; human comfort within the built environment

Selected Research Projects

  • Decision Frameworks for Resilient and Sustainable Buildings
    • – Co-Investigator, National Science Foundation
  • 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

  • D. Fannon, M. Laboy, P. Wiederspahn, Dimensions of Use, ENQUIRY: The ARCC Journal, 15(1),
    2018, 25-45
  • H. Deng, D. Fannon, M. Eckelman, Predictive Modeling for U.S. Commercial Building Energy Use: A Comparison of Existing Statistical and Machine Learning Algorithms Using CBECS Microdata, Energy and Buildings, 163, 2018, 34-43
  • R. Philips, L. Troup, D. Fannon, M. Eckelman, Do Resilient and Sustainable Design Strategies Conflict in Commercial Buildings? A Critical Analysis of Existing Resilient Building Frameworks and Their Sustainability Implications, Energy and Buildings, 146, 2017, 295-311
  • M. Laboy, D. Fannon, Theory and Praxis: A Critical Framework for Architecture, Enquiry the Architectural Research Centers Consortium Journal, 13(2), 2016


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.


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.


Apr 28, 2015

$1.1M NSF Grant for Designing Resilient and Sustainable Buildings

An interdisciplinary team of Northeastern CEE professors and those from Tufts have received a $1.1M NSF grant to develop a decision and design framework for multi-hazard resilient and sustainable buildings.

Mar 19, 2015

FY16 TIER 1 Award Recipients

18 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY16 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 11 different projects representing over $400K dollars of investment in research.

Feb 24, 2015

Resilient & Sustainable Buildings

CIV Mehrdad Sasani, David Fannon, Matthias Ruth, & Matthew Eckelman were awarded a $1.1M NSF grant for “A Decision and Design Framework for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings”

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