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Department of Architecture

Sustainable Architecture and Cities
Design for Health and Wellbeing
Circular Cities and Urban Makers


Koen's current research addresses the architectural and urban implications of environmental issues ranging from sustainability and energy use to human behaviour and well-being. He was Head of Department (2009-14) 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 recognition of his distinguished career and his international standing as one of the world's experts on sustainable building design".



Koen's academic activities are focused on the environmental performance of buildings and cities - with a particular interest in human health, perception and behaviour - which are the topics of funded research projects and his PhD students. His academic record and a list of his research projects can be found on ORCID. Selected research activities and projects include:


Key publications: 


Koen has 200+ outputs (ca. 13,500 citations) and 10 books including "Healthy Homes" (2019), "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.

For a comprehensive up-to-date list of publications see Google Scholar or Open Access Cambridge for copies of key papers.

Selection recent research papers:

A sample of previous journal articles (prior to 2016) can be found under 'Other publications' below.

Other publications: 

A sample of previous journal articles (prior to 2016):

Professor of Sustainable Design
Jesus College (Professorial Fellow)
Director of Studies (Jesus College)
Former Head of Department (2009-14)
Professor Koen  Steemers

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