headshot of Gail Brager

Research Expertise and Interest

architecture, high-performance buildings, energy use, indoor environmental quality, post-occupancy evaluation, comfort and adaptation in buildings, natural ventilation and mixed mode

Research Description

Gail Brager, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley in their Building Science, Technology & Sustainability program, and the Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment (CBE), an industry/university collaborative research center with over 50 diverse partners from the building industry. Since joining the faculty in 1984, Professor Brager remains passionate about teaching and conducting cutting-edge applied research addressing the design, operation and assessment of person-centered, place-based buildings that enhance indoor environmental quality and occupant experience, respond to local climate and culture, and minimize energy consumption. Trained in the research-based discipline of mechanical engineering, Brager has a long history of international, interdisciplinary collaboration with design professionals and social scientists. In addition to her CBE leadership, Brager holds other University administrative positions as the Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research and Associate Dean of UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division. Her awards include NSF’s Presidential Young Investigator Award, Progressive Architecture Research Award, AIA Education Award, Places/EDRA award for Place-based research, several Best Paper Awards, and UC Berkeley’s Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship. Brager has just completed a book co-authored with Prof Mark DeKay, Experiential Design Schemas, intersecting building and health sciences with architectural design and aimed at helping architects expand the joy and nature connections possible in buildings. Author of 100+ publications and leader in the Women in Green movement, Professor Brager's greatest pride comes from mentoring students, watching them grow and excel in their own journeys to have an impact on the world.


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