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Dr Runqi LIANG is working as Assistant Professor in Building Services and Engineering, she has a background in both building technologies and architecture design.  She got the Bachelor of Architecture at Shandong Jianzhu University and then conducted postgraduate study at the University of Nottingham UK, obtaining her MSc in 2012 and PhD in 2018. Her research was focused on the numerical analysis of characteristics of thermochromic materials, as well as the energy and daylighting performance of office buildings with thermochromic windows applied.  Additionally, she also investigated the human response to such innovative window systems applied in buildings.  Afterward, she did postdoc research at Tongji University, Shanghai, China, exploring more advanced research methods to test the human response to luminous environments.  She has experience doing reviews for some popular academic journals, i.g., ‘Energy and Buildings’ and ‘Buildings Simulation’, currently has over 20 publications and carried out many research projects.  She has been awarded China Postdoctoral Science Foundation in 2019, and attended the general program of NSFC starting in 2023.


Acoustic and Lighting

Environmental Science for Architects 1

Architectural Engineering Design1

Architectural Engineering Design 5

Research Interests

Adaptive building façade, chromogenic smart windows, daylighting environment, visual comfort, human response to built environment, evidence-based lighting design, digital twin on luminous environment, building simulation.

Collaboration Opportunities

On-going project:

UNNC Seed Funding for Small Research Project, ‘Research on the application of smart windows in ageing-friendly residential building retrofitting’, 01/04/2023 - 31/03/2024, PI

NSFC general program, 52278039, 微气候响应的建筑表皮主被动协同调控机理与智能优化方法, 01/01/2023 – 31/12/2026, key participant

Near future research topics:

Built luminous environment and human health, espcially healing of some light-related diseases, including insomnia, obesity, mental  health. etc.

Evidence-based design of building evenlope

Building performance assessment based on digital twin

Development of wearable devices to measure human-centered micro-climate


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Development of an Adaptive Façade for Visual Comfort, Daylight and Thermal Control Element

1 Oct 201313 Jul 2018

Award Date: 13 Jul 2018

Master, Sustainable building technology

28 Sept 201114 Dec 2012

Award Date: 14 Dec 2012

Bachelor, Architecture

1 Sept 200610 Jul 2011

Award Date: 10 Jul 2011


  • Architecture
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Physics

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  • Staff


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