Head of Department
Professor of Sustainable Design
Fellow and Director of Studies for Wolfson College
Director of Studies for St Edmund's and Selwyn Colleges
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.
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:
- "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 over 150 outputs (with ca. two-and-a-half 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:
- J. Chen, X. Wang and K. Steemers, (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
- V. Cheng and K. Steemers, (2011), ‘Modelling domestic energy consumption at district scale: A tool to support national and local energy policies’, Environmental Modelling and Software, Elsevier, vol. 26, no. 10, October 2010, pp. 1186-1198.
- K. Steemers and S. Manchanda, (2010), ‘Energy efficient design and occupant well-being: Case studies in the UK and India’, Building and Environment, Volume 45, Issue 2, February 2010, pp. 270-278.
- K. Steemers and G. Y. Yun, (2009), 'Household energy consumption: a study of the role of occupants', Building Research and Information, vol 38(1), pp. 625 – 637.
- C. Ratti, N. Baker and K. Steemers, (2005), ‘Energy consumption and urban texture’, Energy and Buildings, Elsevier, vol. 37(7), pp. 762-776.
- K. Steemers, (2003), ‘Energy and the City: Density, buildings and transport’, Energy and Buildings, Elsevier, vol. 35(1), pp 3-1.
- M. Nikolopoulou, N. Baker and K. Steemers, (2001), 'Thermal Comfort in Outdoor Urban Spaces: Understanding the human parameter', Solar Energy, vol. 70(3), pp. 227-235, Elsevier (winner of the ISB (International Society of Biometeorology) Scientific Award in human biometeorology).