Dr.ir. C.E.L. De Wolf



Catherine De Wolf is Assistant Professor of Design & Construction Management at TU Delft and works on digital innovation towards a circular economy in the built environment. She is also the founder of  De Wolf Environmental Architecture Thinking. Previously, she was a  Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow and Swiss Excellence Fellow in the  smart living lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). After studying Civil Engineering and Architecture at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel  (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), she obtained a Masters of Science and a PhD in Architecture: Building Technology at the  Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In her dissertation, she defined low carbon pathways for structural design. Her other professional experiences include working for the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, and industry partners such as Arup, Ney & Partners, and Elioth.


  • Environmental Architecture 
  • Embodied carbon of buildings 
  • Life cycle design and Life cycle analysis (LCA) 
  • Circular economy
  • Reuse of materials in architecture 
  • Digital innovation towards circular construction


  • Marie Sklodowka-Curie Fellowship European Commission (EU/CH)
  • Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship (CH)
  • World Excellence Fellowship Wallonie-Bruxelles International (BE) 
  • MIT Presidential Fellowship (US)
  • Innovators under 35 Belgium Award, MIT Technology Review (US) 
  • Belgian American Education Foundation / Gustave Boël–Sofina Fellowship (BE)
  • Victor Horta Award of Excellence

ancillary activities
Redacteur/Colomnist/Journalist/Publicist - Freelancer

2020-09-01 - 2022-09-01

Consultancy / research and other