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Professor Koen Steemers BSc BArch MPhil PhD RIBA ARB

Professor Koen Steemers, BSc BArch MPhil PhD RIBA ARB

Head of Department

Professor of Sustainable Design

Fellow and Director of Studies at Jesus College

Director of Studies for Wolfson, St Edmund's and Selwyn Colleges

Office Phone: 01223 332958


Head of Department (2008-14) and Director of Research (2003-08). An architect and environmental design specialist, Koen was recently listed as one of the "top 50 most influential people in UK sustainability" by Building Design. His current work deals with the architectural and urban implications of environmental issues ranging from energy use to human comfort. He is Professor of Sustainable Design in the Department of Architecture, was Director of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies (03-08), and is a Director of Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd.

Research Interests

Koen's research activities are focused on the environmental performance of buildings and cities - with a particular interest in human perception and behaviour - which are the topics of funded research projects and his PhD students. Recent major funded research projects include:

Key Publications

Koen has over 150 outputs (with over three thousand citations), including 10 books ranging in subject matter from "Sustainable Urban and Architectural Design" (2006) to "Environmental Diversity in Architecture" (2004) and "Daylight Design of Buildings" (2002). 

Sample journal articles include:

Professor Koen Steemers' CV

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Designing cities for light

Presentation of ‘Urban Form, Energy and Light’ at the Daylight Conference 2013