Alison Kwok, architecture professor and director of Graduate Studies, among the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016

Alison Kwok, architecture professor and director of Graduate Studies, among the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016

Department of Architecture Professor Alison Kwok is among the 25 Most Admired Educators for 2016, DesignIntelligence reports.“With an inspiring energy to educate students about sustainable design principles, Alison Kwok encourages them to expand on what they have learned through research,” DesignIntelligence writes about Kwok. “She constantly seeks to better her students’ experiences and create well-informed architects.”

Kwok has a PhD and MArch from the University of California Berkeley, a MEd from University of Hawai‘i Manoa, and bachelor’s in biology and art from Knox College. She is a registered architect in Oregon and California and holds NCARB and Certified Passive House Consultant certifications.

She tries to create real design experiences that “connect textbook principles, theory, and standards. I hope such experiences will provide an internal, almost instinctive understanding about the performance of buildings and the consequences of design decisions.”

 “Alison Kwok has made an extraordinary contribution to sustainable design education for students and professionals in architecture,” says Judith Sheine, head of the UO Department of Architecture. “Her influence has spread far beyond the University of Oregon, with her Agents of Change project and The Green Studio Handbook, which have brought a new understanding of sustainable design principles and practices to architects and architecture students both in the US and abroad.”  

The Green Studio Handbook: Environmental Strategies for Schematic Design (Elsevier, 2007, 2011), coauthored by Walter Grondzik, provides a resource for students and practitioners to help.

In addition to teaching, Kwok, who joined the UO faculty in 1998, serves as the architecture director of graduate studies and is the director of the Technical Teaching Certificate program. Beyond the architecture department, Kwok serves on the UO’s Graduate Council.

She has also authored Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 12th edition; annual books documenting case studies from Environmental Control Systems; and, with students in her NetZED Case Study Laboratory, co-authored the Porterville Courthouse Case Study.

 Kwok joins colleagues in the DesignIntelligence Top 25 from schools including Harvard, Notre Dame, Rice, Cornell, and Princeton, among others.

Story adapted from the original published on to UO architecture department website.


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