Paul WolffPaul Wolff



Phone: 617-243-1862

Office: Mount Ida Campus, SOD 125G

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Short Bio

Prof. Wolff is a lifelong “Maker” and has dedicated his professional career to environmental conservation, sustainable development, and experiential learning. As a specialist in the higher education sector, Prof. Wolff has facilitated the pursuit of high performance building design, sustainability policy development, innovative curriculum design, and long-term climate resiliency planning as part of dynamic collaborations with National Grid, MIT, the Northeast Retail Lumber Association (NRLA), Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA), the Open Agriculture Initiative (OpenAg), and the Harvard Business School (HBS).

Prof. Wolff has also collaborated with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) as part of their Classroom to Boardroom Diversity Mentorship Program in which selected students worked for an entire academic year with high-level managers and executives from companies such as Johnson Controls, Suffolk Construction and Sebesta Blomberg. Wolff has also created internships for students interested in high performance building certification programs (LEED, Living Building Challenge, Green Globes and WELL) that provided hands-on training for industry-recognized credentials, and access to real world projects. Former students and mentees of Prof. Wolff have found rewarding career development opportunities with Conti Solar, Northrup Grumman, Eversource, State Street Bank, Enernoc, Bose, Ratheon, Pura Vida Water Technologies, Framingham State University, Freight Farms, and ITER (an international nuclear fusion research and engineering firm).

Prof. Wolff earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Harvard University and received a Doctor of Education Degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His Bachelor is in art and sculpture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Prof. Wolff’s dissertation explored the similarities and differences of physical and virtual place making, and the extent to which the approach may impact the learning experience for students and/or the shape of learning spaces in the future. He is currently researching the use of alternative forms of scholarship such as comics, podcasts, stop-motion animations, zines and graphic novels to construct knowledge in new ways, and to disseminate academic research to wider audiences.


Ph.D. (Education, University of Pennsylvania)
M.Arch. (Architecture, Harvard GSD)
B.A. (Art and Sculpture, Rhode Island School of Design)