Professor of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Director of the Environmental Solutions Initiative
John E. Fernández ‘85 is a professor of building technology in the Department of Architecture and a practicing architect. Fernández founded and directs the MIT Urban Metabolism Group, a highly multidisciplinary research group focused on the resource intensity of cities and design and technology pathways for future urbanization. Fernández served as Director of the Building Technology Program in the Department of Architecture from 2010 to 2015 and as the Director of the International Design Center at MIT from 2012 to 2015.
Fernández is a member of the Board for New Ecology, Inc., and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center for Sustainable Energy of the Fraunhofer Institute.
Fernández has as a member of the Department of Energy Roadmap 2020 Advisory Committee, and as a member of the Research Committee of the United States Green Building Council. Fernández has participated in the launch of two startup companies in the past 5 years. With his partner and wife, Malvina Lampietti, Fernández has been designer of more than 2.5 million square feet of new construction in Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Jakarta, Tokyo, Shanghai, and other locations.