L. Carl Fiocchi (he/him/his)

Senior Lecturer, Professional Masters Program Coordinator

Building and Construction Technology


Office: 337 Olver Design Building

Phone: 413-545-1866

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Primary Interests

Professor Fiocchi’s interest and research are concerned with high performance energy efficient buildings with special emphasis on the building envelope and mechanical systems of both residential and commercial structures. He has led the initiative to establish the UMass DesignBuild program which produces a low carbon net positive Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) each year which is donated to the city of Holyoke where it contributes to addressing the affordable housing crisis in an underserved community. His experience in construction, coupled with the imminent threat of climate change, provided the impetus for these efforts. Modernist architecture and its subset Brutalism, as it relates to the above, has been a continued focus of his work.

Current Projects

  • UMass DesignBuild

Courses Taught

  • BCT 311: Sustainable Indoor Environmental Systems
  • BCT 313 /ECO 697LF: Light Frame Construction
  • BCT 520/Arch 520: Energy and Buildings / Building Physics I
  • BCT 521: Environmental Control Systems
  • BCT 521LL: Energy Modeling eQUEST
  • BCT 490STA: DesignBuild Design
  • ECO 698D: DesigBuild Build
  • ECO 692S: Readings in Sustainable Building Systems


Ph.D. (Building Systems, University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

M.Arch. (Architecture, University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

B.A. (Biology, University of Pennsylvania)

Selected Recent Publications / Presentations

Fiocchi, L. Carl, Williams, Robert;  Brito Picciotto Diana A.; Darvish, Amirasian; Darling, Naomi; Hicks, Kent;, Design for Embodied Carbon and Operational Carbon Impacts A Case-Study of a University-Based Design-Build Program; 2023 ACSA/AIA Intersections Research Conference: MATERIAL ECONOMIES (2023)

Fiocchi, L. Carl, Williams, Robert,. The Hygge House: An Alternative Model for Interdisciplinary Design-Build Courses, presentation at The Building Technology Educators’ Society 2021 National Meeting, Auburn University (remote). (2021)

Fiocchi, L. Carl, Williams, Robert,. The Hygge House: design-build as a model for interdisciplinary and integrative architectural education”. presentation at the 109th Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Annual Meeting (remote). (2021)

Fiocchi, L. Carl, Phetogo Patrick Malatsi, Todd K. Fuller, Susan M. Campbell, Jeffrey Dreyer, Jackie Fiocchi, Dana Fuller, Mark R. Fuller, Anne Hazzard, Paul R. Sievert, Curtice R. Griffin.  Honey Badger Mellivora capensis predation on an African Sharptooth Catfish in the Okavango Delta, Botswana  (June 2020).

Fiocchi, L. Carl, Alexander C Schreyer, Peggi Clouston. A New Teacher on Campus. Learning by Design (Oct 2017).

Fiocchi, L. Carl (2016). A Period Examination through Contemporary Energy Analysis of Kevin Roche’s Fine Arts Center at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Scholarworks @ UMassAmherst.

Fiocchi, L. Carl, Hoque, S., Weil, Benjamin (2014). Improving Accuracy of Building Energy Modeling Simulation Programs with Weather File Compensation Factors. ASHRAE Transactions – 2014 Annual Conference – Seattle, vol. 120, part 2.

Fiocchi, L. Carl, McCusker, Catherine, Weil, Benjamin (2012). Holdsworth Retrofit and Renovation. University of Massachusetts-Amherst Facilities

Fiocchi, L. Carl and Hoque, S. (2011). Sustaining Modernity: An Analysis of a Modern Masterpiece, The Gropius House. Proceedings for the 13th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology, Winnipeg, Canada: NBEC.

Fiocchi, L. Carl, Shahadat, M., and Hoque, S. (2011). Climate Responsive Design and the Milam Residence. Sustainability 2011, 3, 2289-2306; www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability.

Fiocchi, L. Carl (2010 A Sustainable Design for the American Commercial Strip Mall. Scholarworks @ UMassAmherst.