University of Oregon

Department of Architecture

Programs in Architecture and Interior Architecture

Alison Kwok


phone: (541) 346-2126
office: 100 Pacific Hall

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1997
M.Arch. University of California, Berkeley, 1990
M.Ed. University of Hawai’i Manoa, 1979
B.A. (Biology, Art) Knox College, 1977

Registered Architect: Oregon, California, NCARB
Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)

Through teaching, research, and professional activities, Professor Alison Kwok works toward developing curricula for environmentally-responsible design and post-occupancy analysis of building performance. Kwok teaches design studios, courses in environmental control systems, and seminars in building performance, climatic design, and teaching methods for technical subjects in architecture.

Kwok is the author, with Walter Grondzik, of The Green Studio Handbook (Architectural Press, 2007), a book of practical guidelines for applying environmental strategies during the schematic design of green buildings for use by design professionals, students, and the public. She and Grondzik also collaborated on Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, 10th ed., (John Wiley & Sons, 2006) reshaping a text that has instructed generations of students around the world in the theory and practice of environmental control systems design since 1935. She has also co-authored articles on thermal comfort appearing in Building and Environment and Solar Energy Journal.

As a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Upjohn Research Initiative, Kwok is collaborating with architectural firms to document the design and delivery process of new buildings that meet the 2030 Challenge. She was the principal investigator for Agents of Change, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post–Secondary Education (FIPSE). Through workshops and training sessions around the country, toolkit loans, and an internet archive, Agents of Change disseminated an approach to understanding building performance through case studies. This project grew out of her long involvement with the Vital Signs Curriculum Materials Project, a national curriculum effort coordinated by the University of California at Berkeley.

Kwok was elected to the Research Advisory Panel of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in 2007 to develop the development of the organization's 2010–2015 Strategic Research Plan. She has been an active member of the society since 1996, serving on committees relating to thermal comfort and conducting annual building performance workshops for engineering and architecture students. She advises an active student chapter of ASHRAE at the University.

Kwok serves as a board member and co-editor of the online journal of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC), a life member of the American Solar Energy Society, a sub-committee member for an ACSA task force to integrate sustainability into NAAB criteria and conditions, a member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), and a member of the US Green Building Council’s Formal Education Committee. In 2008 she was recognized with the Women in Solar Energy award from ASES. She is on the editorial board of the Building Research and Information Journal.

Kwok is the recipient of a University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award and a Hanyang University Fellowship. Before coming to the University of Oregon in 1998, she taught as an assistant professor at Cornell University and as an adjunct professor at the California College of Arts and Crafts. Kwok worked as a designer with architect Mui Ho in Berkeley, California, and recently provided design assistance for an outdoor science park and an organic food manufacturing company. She also participates in IslandWood’s environmental education program for elementary school students as a scientist-in-residence.