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Seth Holmes

Architecture Graduate Program Director; Associate Professor


College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
860.768.4764 HJG W205D

MDes, Harvard Graduate School of Design

BArch, Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, Art, & Historic Preservation

Associate Professor Seth Holmes joined the University in fall 2013. He received his Master of Design Studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams University, School of Architecture, Art, & Historic Preservation. He has a strong interest in global warming and his research focus is climate change adaptation in the built environment. He is interested in studying the effects on a building due to loss of power, lack of affordable air conditioning, and natural weather events. The new architectural design +  technology curriculum incorporates the topic of sustainability in the design studio to provide students with a greater awareness of sustainability and green living. Holmes is excited to bring more course content in sustainable design to both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Seth Holmes is also a practicing architect and principal at Benefit Street Design.

Additional Education Background

  • Graduate Thesis: “Climate change risks from a building owner's perspective: Assessing future climate and energy price scenarios”
  • Undergraduate Thesis: “Exploratory Assemblage: Integrating design with the unknown place”

Design Research and Practice Interests

  • Sustainable Design
  • Climate Change Adaptation
  • Resilient Design
  • Net-zero building and neighborhood design
  • Community and recreational spaces


Holmes, S.H; Phillips, T; and Wilson, A. “Overheating and passive habitability: indoor health and heat indices.” Building Research & Information.  Building Research & Information, April 2015.  Taylor & Francis.  London, UK. Learn more.

 Holmes, S.H and Reinhart, C. F. (2013).  “Assessing future climate change and energy price scenarios: institutional building investment.”  Building Research & Information, March 2013.  Taylor & Francis.  London, UK. Learn more.

 “Climate change risks from a building owner’s perspective: Assessing future climate and energy price scenarios.” Paper presented at the International Building Performance Simulation Association’s Building Simulation 2011 conference. Sydney, Australia. Learn more.