Professor of Sustainable Design
Jesus College (Professorial Fellow)
Director of Studies (Jesus, St Edmund's and Selwyn)
Koen's current research addresses the architectural and urban implications of environmental issues ranging from energy use to human well-being. He has been Head of Department (2008-14) and Head of Research as Director of the Martin Centre (2003-08). He is an architect and environmental design specialist and was listed as one of the "top 50 most influential people in UK sustainability" by Building Design.
Koen was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2017 "in recognition of his distinguished career and his international standing as one of the world's experts on sustainable building design" from the University of Bath, regularly UK's top ranking building research institution.
Koen's academic 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 research projects include:
- "Behaviour and Building Performance" - Research Centre.
- "Bayesian building energy model" (Sep 2014 - 2017) - EPSRC, £450k.
- "Energy Efficient Cities" (Sep 08 – Aug 13) - EPSRC, £2.9m.
- "ReVISIONS: Regional visions of integrated sustainable infrastructure optimized for neighbourhoods" (Apr 08 – Sept 12) - EPSRC, £3.3m.
- "Low Carbon Urban Design" (July 12 – June 14) - Tsinghua, $600k.
Koen has 200 outputs (over 5200 citations) and 10 books including "Energy and Environment in Architecture" (2000), "Daylight Design of Buildings" (2002), "Environmental Diversity in Architecture" (2004) and "Sustainable Urban and Architectural Design" (2006). Click on the titles for further information or access to the publications.
Sample journal articles include:
- Anderson, J., Ruggeri, K., Steemers, K., & Huppert, F. (2016). 'Lively Social Space, Well-Being Activity, and Urban Design', Environment and Behaviour, 1-32 (Open Access link).
- (2016). . Building and Environment, 105, 13-23. (Open Access link)
- Hargreaves, A., Cheng, V., Deshmukh, S., Leach, M., Steemers, K. (2016). 'Forecasting how residential urban form affects the regional carbon savings and costs of retrofitting and decentralized energy supply', Applied Energy, available open access online 28 March 2016 (Open Access link). See also this link for highlights.
- Steemers, K. (2015). 'Architecture for Well-being and Health', Daylight & Architecture, 23 (July), 1-22 (available online).
- (2015). 'Analysis of microclimatic diversity and outdoor thermal comfort perceptions in the tropical megacity Dhaka', Bangladesh. Building and Environment, 94 (2), 734-750. (Open Access link)
- Godoy-Shimizu, D., Armitage, P., Steemers, K., & Chenvidyakarn, T. (2014). ‘Using display energy certificates to quantify pulic sector office energy consumption'. Building Research and Information, Published online 5 Nov 2014.
- (2014). 'Energy retrofit and occupant behaviour in protected housing: A case study of the Brunswick Centre in London'. Energy and Buildings, 80 120-130. (Open Access link)
- (2015). . Renewable Energy, 73, 10-17 (Open Access link)
- (2014). 'Using Display Energy Certificates to quantify public sector office energy consumption'. Building Research and Information, 43 (6), 691-709. (Open Access link)
- Chen, J., Wang, X. & Steemers, K. (2013). ‘A statistical analysis of a residential energy consumption survey study in Hangzhou, China’, Energy and Buildings, 66, Nov., 193-202.
- Godoy-Shimizu, D., Armitage, P., Steemers, K., & Chenvidyakarn, T. (2011). ‘Using display energy certificates to quantify schools' energy consumption'. Building Research and Information, 39(6), 535-552.
- Cheng, V. & Steemers, K. (2011). ‘Modelling domestic energy consumption at district scale: A tool to support national and local energy policies’, Environmental Modelling and Software, 26(10), 1186-1198.
- Steemers, K. & Manchanda, S. (2010). ‘Energy efficient design and occupant well-being: Case studies in the UK and India’, Building and Environment, 45(2), 270-278.
- Steemers, K. & Yun, G.Y. (2009). 'Household energy consumption: a study of the role of occupants', Building Research and Information, 38(1), 625 – 637.
- Ratti, C., Baker, N. & Steemers, K. (2005). ‘Energy consumption and urban texture’, Energy and Buildings, 37(7), 762-776.
Nikolopoulou, M. & Steemers, K. (2003). 'Thermal comfort and psychological adaptation as a guide for designing urban spaces', Energy and Buildings, 35(1), 95–101.
- Steemers, K. (2003), ‘Energy and the City: Density, buildings and transport’, Energy and Buildings, 35(1), 3-14.
- Nikolopoulou, M., Baker, N. & Steemers, K. (2001). 'Thermal Comfort in Outdoor Urban Spaces: Understanding the human parameter', Solar Energy, 70(3), 227-235 (winner of the ISB (International Society of Biometeorology) Scientific Award in Human Biometeorology).