Faculty / School of Architecture

Eric Carbonnier

Chair, Sustainable Practices
Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Professor Carbonnier — nicknamed Dr. Carbon by his students — is an architect and building science researcher driven to decarbonize the built environment. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Woodbury University, Master of Science in Regenerative Design from Cal Poly Pomona, and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon. His research career started as a Graduate Research Fellow at the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory (ESBL) innovating passive energy solutions to support human wellness, health, and productivity.

Dr. Carbon lectured at Cal Poly Pomona’s School of Architecture advancing evidence-based design to ever-changing environmental forces. He directed student research teams at the Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies focused on energy innovations for the built environment. In conjunction with his building science teaching, he was an executive sustainability leader and architect for a multi-disciplinary architecture firm cultivating ethical leadership and environmental social governance policy.

His evidence-based design is published in Passive Low Energy Architecture, National Institute of Building Sciences, Facade Tectonics, and actively building his first evidence-based residence in Southern California. Dr. Carbon is a Board member for the Designing Futures Foundation with recent philanthropic support to Adanu, SoCal NOMA, Bright Prospect, Biomimicry Institute, Bridge to College Scholarships, La Mas, and Girls Garage.


Ph.D., University of Oregon
M.S., California Polytechnic University, Pomona
B.Arch. Woodbury University


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