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Erin Rae Hoffer, PhD

Associate Professor, School of Business

Areas of Expertise:

  • Climate Change and Urban Policy
  • Non-profit Administration
  • Qualitative Research
  • Entrepreneurship and Thought Leadership
  • Design and Construction Industry


  • Ph.D., Northeastern University
  • M.B.A., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.Arch., University of California at Los Angeles
  • B.A., University of Oregon


  • Green Building Policy and Capital Investment Decision-Making; A Grounded Theory Study

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Public Administration, Framingham State University
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Digital Media, Northeastern University
  • Senior Industry Programs Manager, Autodesk
  • Executive Vice President, Boston Architectural College
  • Director of I/T Competency, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Director of Academic Computing, Tufts University
  • Assistant Dean, Computer Resources, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Selected Publications:

  • Hoffer, E. R. (2014). “Architecture as Interface.” in Follett, J. (Ed.) Designing for Emerging Technologies. Sebastopol, CA. O’Reilly Media.
  • Hoffer, E. R. and Middlebrooks, R. (2012). “Accelerating Sustainable Design for Green Office Retrofits. “ in Ed. Tobias, L., & Vavaroutsos, G. Retrofitting office buildings to be green and energy-efficient: Optimizing building performance, tenant satisfaction, and financial return. Chicago. Urban Land Institute. 

Academic Papers:

  • Hoffer, Erin. (2015). “Green Building Policy and Real Estate Development: A Causal Mapping Study Derived from Qualitative Data.” Proceedings of the International Conference of the System Dynamics Society 2015.
  • Bridge, E., et al. (2010). “Child Obesity Research Project: Testing Signage at Two Middle Schools in Everett.” Prepared for and funded by the Office of the Attorney General of Massachusetts, Northeastern University
  • “Green Building Policy and Real Estate Development: A Causal Mapping Study Derived from Qualitative Data”.  Refereed Roundtable Presentation. American Sociological Association Meeting (2016)
  • “Global State of the Industry: Adoption and Standards” presented to BIMIsrael Forum, Tel Aviv (2015)
  • “Design Technology Futures” presented TIC VII, Recife, Brazil (2012)