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Dr Jacob Hacker
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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment

Jake Hacker is the Royal Academy of Engineering & CIBSE Visiting Professor in Building Engineering Physics at UCL (an appointment that runs from 2011- 2015). He is also a Principal Teaching Fellow at the UCL Energy Institute.  His main role through these appointments is to develop new teaching in building engineering physics at undergraduate and graduate level, both within the Bartlett (Faculty of the Built Environment) and in the Faculty of Engineering Science.  He is also working with the team developing the newly established Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design at UCL.  

When not at UCL (which is around one day a week) Jake works at Arup in London where he is part of a specialist building physics team providing computational analysis and design advice to Arup projects within the UK and globally.  Recent projects he has worked on include the ‘Cheesegrater’ (122 Leadenhall) in London with Rogers Stirk Harbour; concept designs for new schools and speculative offices with AHMM architects; and a large naturally ventilated office campus building in San Francisco with Foster + Partners.  Jake is also responsible for the development of Arup’s in-house dynamic thermal modelling software programs Oasys ROOM and Passive Design Assistant. 

Jake spent the early part of his career in academic research and continues to be research active and is an Honorary Research Associate at the Bartlett School of Grduate Studies.  His main research interest is the environmental design of buildings, from both building science and architectural perspectives. This includes the interaction between the external and interior environment. In recent years he has worked extensively with CISBE, the GLA, and others, to develop new weather data sets that taken into account projections for future climate change and urban heat island effects.  

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