Jennifer Senick


Dissertation Topic/Title: Usability Conflicts in Green Buildings and Implications for Green Building Diffusion


Dissertation Advisor: Clinton Andrews


Previous Degrees: M.A., UCLA, 1994, Political Science; A.B., Bowdoin College, 1991, Government


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Jennifer Senick is Executive Director at the Rutgers Center for Green Building and a doctoral student at the Bloustein School. Her dissertation is about connecting individual and societal level phenomena of green building by evaluating the role of usability in the performance of green buildings and implications for green building diffusion. Of particular interest are usability metrics that capture contradictions in the use of green building innovations among various building stakeholders and which offer insight into a growing tension between standardized management of energy, water, and other building systems and accommodation of local organizational contexts. Two recent publications in this area include: 2011(Forthcoming) – Enhancing Building Performance. Chapter 10: Incorporating Occupant Perceptions and Behavior into BIM. Clinton Andrews, Jennifer Senick, and Richard Wener. John Wiley and Sons; and 2011 – Designing Buildings for Real Occupants: An Agent-Based Approach, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics--Part A: Systems and Humans. Prepared with Clinton Andrews, Daniel Yi, Uta Krogmann, and Richard Wener. Ms. Senick currently serves on the Advisory Board of the USGBC – NJ Chapter, as an Editor for Brownfield News, and on the Steering Committee of the Green Building Alliance DASH Initiative and has recently completed terms on the Governing Boards of the NJ APA, the New Jersey Smart Growth Alliance, the Highland Park Redevelopment Agency, Sustainable Jersey and the Advisory Review service of the Urban Land Institute.


Teaching and TA Experience:

  • Instructor: Urban Economics – 2006
  • Instructor: Environmental Planning (Studio) – 2006


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