Carlos Martin

Carlos Martín

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Brookings Metro

Trained as an architect, construction engineer, and historian of technology, Dr. Martín connects the bricks and mortar of housing to social and economic outcomes of occupants, especially at the intersections of environmental and construction quality in housing with racial equity and income disparity.

For over 20 years, he has led evaluation, research, and policy analysis for federal, state, and civil-sector entities in the fields of energy efficiency, housing construction and design, climate mitigation and adaptation, disaster management, and energy and environmental justice. Recent publications include: Public Funding of Coastal Adaptation: A Review of US Public Sources—and the Case for More; Understanding the Pace of HUD’s Disaster Housing Recovery Efforts; Understanding US Housing Data in Relation to the 2017 Disasters; Housing Recovery on the Gulf Coast; Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation through Publicly Assisted Housing, The Silence Before the Storm: Advocacy Groups’ Current Perceptions of Future Climate Vulnerability; Insult to Injury: Natural Disasters and Residents’ Financial Health; and Institutionalizing Urban Resilience.

Currently, Dr. Martín is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow at Brookings Metro and is the Director of the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Dr. Martín previously led the Urban Institute’s Built Environment practice area, leading all research on energy efficiency, climate adaptation, environmental governance, the housing industry, and construction regulations. Before Urban, Dr. Martín was assistant staff vice president for construction codes and standards at the National Association of Home Builders, SRP professor for energy and the environment at Arizona State University, and coordinator for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing.

Carlos received his BSAD in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MEng and PhD degrees in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

  • Current Positions

    • Director of the Remodeling Futures Program (on leave), Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies
  • Past Positions

    • David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Brookings Metro
    • Senior Fellow, Urban Institute, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
  • Education

    • PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
    • MEng, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University
    • Studies towards MArch (Architecture) and MS (Civil Engineering), University of Michiga
    • BSAD, Architecture with Building Technology Emphasis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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