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Professor Koen Steemers BSc BArch MPhil PhD LLD ARB

Professor Koen Steemers, BSc BArch MPhil PhD LLD ARB

Professor of Sustainable Design

Jesus College (Professorial Fellow)

Director of Studies (Jesus College)

Former Head of Department (2009-14)

Office Phone: Twitter: @KoenSteemers


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 (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 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.


Research Interests

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. Recent major research projects include:

Key Publications

Koen has 200+ outputs (ca. 10,000 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.

Sample journal articles include (to be updated since 2016):

Professor Koen Steemers' CV

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Environmental diversity in architecture

Interview on Well-being

Well-being in Architecture

Designing cities for light

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