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Kanika Arora Sharma

Energy Analyst & Project Coordinator

Kanika is based in Brightworks’ Los Angeles office.  She supports LEED and sustainability programs for Brightworks clients in Southern California while supporting energy analysis and energy modeling for Brightworks projects throughout the United States.

With a Master’s degree in Energy and Environments, Kanika graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design steeped in energy analysis and simulation.  She served as an assistant to Professor Holly Samuelson and focused her research on high performance building design using energy simulation software tools, advanced technologies, and passive design strategies. Under the guidance of Professor Kiel Moe, she wrote her thesis on Low Exergy Communities and created a model to determine the viability of master planning using the metrics of exergy and energy.


  • IES VE
  • eQUEST
  • EnergyPro
  • DIVA
  • Design Builder


  • Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    Master in Design Studies (Energy & Environments)
  • Sushant School of Art and Architecture
    Bachelor of Architecture

Technical Credentials & Professional Memberships

  • International Well Building Institute
    WELL Accredited Professional
  • U. S. Green Building Council
    LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C)
  • Center for Active Design
    Fitwel Ambassador
  • U. S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles
  • International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA-USA)
  • Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

Selected Experience

  • Boston Redevelopment Authority
  • Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Harvard University Office of Sustainability
  • Designer’s Guild Associates
  • Lotus Design Services
  • Studio for Habitat Futures (SHiFt)


  • MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU)
    “Navi Mumbai: From New Town to Suburbia” in “Future of Suburbia” Exhibition and Conference (Co-Author with Professor Rahul Mehrotra; Forthcoming, Spring 2016).

  • Southern Oregon University
    McNeal Pavilion Renovation and Addition Energy Model