Erin Rae Hoffer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Business

Erin Rae Hoffer Photo

Areas of Expertise:

  • ​Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Climate Policy
  • Sustainable Urban Design
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Design Technology
  • Architecture


  • ​Ph.D., Law and Public Policy, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
  • M.B.A., Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • M.Arch., University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
  • B.A, Mathematics, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR


  • Green building policy and capital investment decision-making: A grounded theory study

Research Areas of Interest:

  • ​Environmental justice
  • Climate policy
  • Behavioral response to public policy

Certifications and /or licenses:

  • ​2009-2016- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accreditation
  • 2005-2016 - Architectural Practice License

Selected Publications:

  • Hoffer, Erin. (2020). “Dynamics of climate regulation: a grounded theory study of the real estate industry” International Conference on Social and Education Sciences.
  • Hoffer, Erin. (2020). “Case-based teaching: using stories for engagement and inclusion” International Conference on Social and Education Sciences.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Selected Professional Experience:

  • ​2015-2017 Co-chair, Architecture + Real Estate Committee, Boston Society of Architects
  • 2013-2016 Member - Urban Land Institute, Building Owners and Managers Association, CoreNet Global, International Facilities Management Association
  • 2012-2016 Board Member, Council on Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate for High-Performance Buildings, National Institute of Building Science
  • 2011-2014 Member of AIA’s National Codes and Standards Committee
  • 2010-2015 Co-chair, Building Systems Committee, Boston Society of Architects
  • 2006-2016, Senior Industry Program Manager, Autodesk
  • 2006-2007 Boston Society Architects Board Member
  • 2004-2005 Technology Commissioner and Board Member, Boston Society of Architects
  • 2002-2006 Executive Vice-president, Boston Architectural College, 
  • 2001-2002, Product Manager, ArsDigita,
  • 1998-2016 Member, American Association of University Women
  • 1996-1998 Director of I/T Competency, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
  • 1990-2016 Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)