Anton Harfmann

Anton C Harfmann

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

Baldwin Hall


DAAP School of Arch & Interior Design - 0016

Professional Summary

Anton Harfmann is a licensed architect and builder who teaches BIM, construction and structures, and graduate studio courses in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati where he also served as Associate Dean for Technology and Facilities in the College of DAAP from 2004 to 2014. He was the lead faculty member for the University’s participation in the 2007 Solar Decathlon competition and has taught net-zero design studios on several occasions 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)


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

Bray J.; Carl S.; Carlo C.; Gentry T.; Harfmann A.; 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

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


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

Research and Practice Interests

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