Joseph Laquatra
Joseph Laquatra
Professor Emeritus
Human Centered Design


Joseph Laquatra, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, focused his teaching and research efforts on sustainable aspects of housing with emphases on residential energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and construction site waste management. As an Extension Housing Specialist, Joe developed and implemented educational programs on these and other topics through the statewide network of Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE). One of these, the Consumer Education Program for Residential Energy Efficiency, engaged 60 Local Associations of CCE in the 13 years of its operation. He also conducted educational programs for home builders in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Throughout his career, he  taught builders, engineers, architects, and government officials in Poland, Russia, and Japan. Joe is a past President of the Housing Education and Research Association and a past chair of the National Consortium of Housing Research Centers.  He is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators (11th edition, 2006-2007), Who's Who in America (2008-2016), Who's Who in the World (2009-2016), and Who's Who in Collegiate Faculty (2010-2011).

Joseph Laquatra, PI; Eeshan Tripathii, Co-PI: Investigating predictive relationships between air quality and asthma to create an early warning mechanism. Cornell IRB protocol: 1803007819.

Hall, Olivia. (2018) Fresh air. Human Ecology, 46(1): 17. Article about J. Laquatra’s mentorship of Eeshan Tripathii.

Laquatra, J. and Tripathii, E. (2019). Animated feature about the Child Breathing Zone, produced by Science Animated.

Laquatra, J. (2019) Indoor air quality, in A. Mujeebu (ed.) Indoor Environmental Quality. IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.81192. Available from:

Laquatra, J. Speaker, Pesticide residues in homes. Course for certified pesticide applicators, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County. Albany, NY, March 12, 2019.

Laquatra, J. Speaker, Child breathing zone; Lead in household products, Pesticide residues in homes. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Albany County. Albany, NY, March 12, 2019.

Laquatra, J. Speaker, Housing Sustainability. Annual Conference of the American Association of Geographers, Washington, DC, April 5, 2019.

Laquatra, J. Speaker, Managing Indoor Air Quality in the Child Breathing Zone. Building Family and Community Resiliency. Inservice for Extension Educators. June 12, 2019. Campus.

Laquatra, J. Speaker, Lead in Household Products. Global Conference on Neuroscience and Neurology, Chicago, IL, August 24, 2019.

1984, Ph.D., Consumer Economics and Housing, Cornell University

1981, M.S., Consumer Economics and Housing, Cornell University

1974, B.S., Hotel Administration, Cornell University

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