Anton Harfmann

Anton C Harfmann


Professor and Director of Architectural Engineering and Director of DAAP Facilities and Technology

765 Baldwin Hall
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221
Phone 513-305-0973

Professional Summary

Anton Harfmann is a licensed architect and builder who teaches BIM, construction and structures, at the University of Cincinnati. He is currently the Director of Facilites and Technlogy in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and the Director of the Architectural Engineering program in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. He was the lead faculty member for the University’s participation in the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition and has taught net-zero energy capstone design studios since. His research interests include net-zero architectural design as well as Building Information Modeling (BIM) at the component level and he has published many papers on this approach since the early 1990s. He is an early adopter of computing in practice and education that was recognized by Apple who inducted him into the Apple Distinguished Educator program in 2004. His commitment to teaching has also been recognized by the American Institute of Architects who named him one of the top ten educators in architecture in 2009 as well as receiving an honorable mention award from the AIA’s Technology in Practice group in 2013 for his introductory class on teaching the logic of construction and structures through BIM. 


M.Arch: SUNY Buffalo Buffalo, NY, 1981 (Architecture)

Research and Practice Interests

Construction Technology Computer Modeling/Digital Construction Architectural Databases Electronic Technology in Architecture

Research Support

Grant: #SES-2026594 Investigators:Bhiwapurkar, Pravin; Black, Ann; Fry, Michael; Harfmann, Anton; Linders, Annulla; Nassif, Nabil; Rebola, Claudia; Tang, Ming; Wendell, David 01-01-2021 -12-31-2021 National Science Foundation Future of Work: Understanding the interrelationships between humans and technology to improve the quality of work life in smart buildings. Role:Collaborator $149,720.00 Awarded Level:Federal


Peer Reviewed Publications

Anton C. Harfmann and Jason Heikenfeld (2013. ) Smart Light: Enhanced Fenestration to Improve Solar Distribution in Buildings .Proceedings of the 8th Energy Forum on Solar Building Skins, ,

Anton C. Harfmann (2012. ) Building relationships; Linking detailed solar collection data to a parametric model for accurate performance analysis throughout the design process. International Journal of Architecture, Engineering and C0nstruction, , Volume 1 (Issue 1 ) ,37

Harfmann A.C.;Bray J.;Carlo C.;Carl S.;Gentry T.;Russell J. (10-17-2013. ) Defragmenting the AEC industry through a single, component-based building information model .Structures Congress 2013: Bridging Your Passion with Your Profession - Proceedings of the 2013 Structures Congress, , 938-947

Cates C.;Cedercreutz K.;Harfmann A.;Lewis M.;Miller R. (12-01-2011. ) Using digital technology to enhance a century old partnership between university and cooperative edu.Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships: Concepts, Models and Practices, , 350-358 More Information

Harfmann A.;Chen S. (01-01-1993. ) Component-based building representation for design and construction.Automation in Construction, , 1 (4 ) ,339-350 More Information


A.C. Harfmann (2018. ) Approaching Net-Zero Energy in an 1834 Farm House Through Integrating Multiple Energy Strategies. Architectural Engineering Institute 2019 Conference proceedings, ,

A.C. Harfmann (2019. ) It's all Structural: Teaching Construction Logic with Parametric Modeling .International Conference on Structures and Architecture proceedings, 2019 Lisbon Portugal, ,

Book Chapter

Anton C. Harfmann (2014 ) COMPONENT-BASED BIM: A Comprehensive, Detailed, Single Model Strategy Building Information Modeling: BIM in Current and Future Practice .(pp. Chapter 14, page 187).New Jersey, WIley (Author)

Electronic Journal

Anton C. Harfmann (2012. ) Linking detailed solar collection data to a parametric model for accurate performance analysis throughout the design process .International Journal of Architectural, Engineering and Construction,, Volume 1 (Issue 1 ) ,

Honors and Awards

2013 Building Relationships Honorable Mention: American Institute of Architects Technology And Practice 2013 BIM Award American Institute of Architects Status:Recipient Level:National Type:Recognition

Contact Information

Academic - Office
765 Baldwin Hall
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45221
Phone: 513-305-0973