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Edifice Complex Podcast –  #022 – Edward Arens PhD – Building Design For All Senses

Edifice Complex Podcast – #022 – Edward Arens PhD – Building Design for all Senses

Quality, Consequences and the Construction Industrial Complex (part 186).       

Our guest this episode is Edward Arens PhD, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at UC Berkeley and Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research, the University’s research unit for building science and resource efficient urban design. 

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In this episode, we discuss

  • Designing buildings for “sound, feelings and smell, not visual stimuli”
  • Full air-conditioning Vs comfort cooling
  • Why architects should be artists plus technician practitioners 

And much more…….

For more information on Edward and his work


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Paper on “troublesome lack of satisfaction with the thermal environment!”:  



PhD. Architectural Science, University of Edinburgh

Master of Urban Studies, Yale University

Master of Forestry, Yale University

B.A., Yale University


Building Science, Climatology, Human Comfort, Thermodynamics, and Architectural History

Professor Arens received his Ph.D. in Architectural Science in 1972 from the University of Edinburgh, UK, and also holds a BA in architectural history and Masters Degrees in Forestry and Urban Studies from Yale University. Prof. Arens started UC’s Building Science Laboratory in 1980 after heading the Architectural Research Section at the National Bureau of Standards. 

He has been principal investigator for a large number of State, Federal, and industry grants addressing building energy performance, indoor environmental quality criteria, field monitoring procedures, and architectural aerodynamics.  

Projects include developing wireless sensor systems for building control and electricity demand responsiveness, developing and testing new personal environmental control systems, human comfort testing and modelling, web-based surveying of occupant satisfaction in buildings, determining energy efficiency potential of thermally diversified environments, metrics for rating comfort and energy use in building perimeter zones, effects of humidity on comfort and health, and natural ventilative cooling.  

Professor Arens is active in technical and standards committees of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers), and co-founded SBSE (Society of Building Science Educators).  He has advised over 90 graduate students in the research track, and 18 Ph.D. students.

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