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Dr Christopher Leung
UCL Here East
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London
E15 2GW
Tel: 0203 549 5093 (UCL x65093)
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Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Biography

I trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture where I qualified for professional practice in 2002. I followed an interdisciplinary path toward gaining experience in industry by working in environmental design consultancy and a variety of architectural practices. This gave me a diverse base of experience, from which I have adopted a holistic approach to design.

I pursue this through attempting to reconcile the physical construction of buildings and the spaces it encloses with its environmental design for human occupation, with a strong emphasis on passive approaches to environmental considerations especially thermal management. I focus on manufacturing possibilities and technical innovations for variable performance building facades.

I have extensive experience producing 1:1 prototypes using a range of fabrication processes including manual and CNC lathes, milling machines, laser-cutting, light metal alloy casting, FDM printing.

Research Summary

I carry out research in the environmental design of buildings investigating the application of novel passive thermal actuators applied to variable performance building facades. I have contributed to the field through collaborations including dynamic external insulation for buildings (2009) leading to patent applications through UCL's commercialisation arm.

I conducted original research with a sponsored Engineering Doctorate (Eng.D) at the Bartlett investigating the application of thermal actuator technology within the built-environment (2014). This work has led to proof-of-concept demonstrations of the possibility for different seasonal responses driven solely by passive exchanges of thermal energy between buildings and its surroundings.

I am a fully-certified Thermographer to ISO 9715 Category 3 with expertise in imaging and measurement analysis in the LW wavelength band from 8 to 12 micrometers.

Teaching Summary

  • B-Pro Masters course in architectural design - Interactive Architecture Lab (2014-2015)
  • B-Pro Masters course in architectural design - BiotA Lab (2015-2017)
  • M.Sc in Architectural Computing (2015-2017)
  • M.Arch in Design for Manufacture course (2017-2019)

Appointments
01-NOV-2015 – 30-APR-2017 Research Associate Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2015 – 01-OCT-2018 Lecturer in Architecture Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
22-SEP-2014 – 23-SEP-2016 Teaching Fellow Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
20-NOV-2004 Bartlett tutor Bartlett School of Architecture University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2018   ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow University College London
2014   Doctor of Engineering University College London
2002   Registered Architect University College London
2001   Master of Architecture University College London
1998   Diploma of Architecture University College London
1994   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University College London
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