School of Architecture, CUHK

Building Envelope | Building Occupant

Date & Time

04.03.2015 04.03.2015

15:30 - 16:30


Meeting Room, 1/F, AIT Building, CUHK


Speaker: Professor Jenny Lovell
Topic: Building Envelope | Building Occupant
Moderator: Professor Tsou Jin Yeu

This research has evolved out of the research, development, and production of Jenny Lovell’s first book, “Building Envelopes: An Integrated Approach” (PAP 2010).

While researching the design considerations and construction methods of contemporary building envelopes, it became apparent from the majority of source material that designers pay insufficient attention to how building users are engaged as part and parcel of sustainable and integrated strategies. If lessons are to be learned about excessive energy use in buildings, and if the ambitious necessary targets set to reduce energy consumption are to be achieved, there must be a far greater understanding of building performance and the role that the buildings’ occupants can play.

Building systems over the last century have disenfranchised occupants from responsibility towards comfort and energy savings. Design teams must therefore thoroughly understand the role of the user if buildings are to be operated as intended, and users must take a more active part in the environmental control of those buildings.

Jenny Lovell has been a full time associate professor of the School of Architecture at CUHK since August 2013. She was trained in the UK (Manchester University & Bartlett UCL) and is registered as a member of the Architects Registration Board UK (ARBUK) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Lovell has worked for a number of years with highly regarded practices in London (Arup Associates, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Allies & Morrison), as a consultant for William McDonough and Partners in Charlottesville, VA, and with HOK in Hong Kong. Prior to joining the faculty at CUHK, she has taught full-timeat the University of Michigan, University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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