CBE Associate Director and Professor of Architecture


Center for the Built Environment
390 Wurster Hall #1839, Berkeley CA 94720-1839

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Gail S. Brager, PhD, is Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley. Gail is CBE’s Associate Director, and leads research efforts in mixed-mode buildings, which combine natural and mechanical ventilation. Gail also leads CBE’s research into dynamic comfort and worker performance in alternative office environments.

She received PhD and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. Other research interests include thermal comfort and adaptive mechanisms, task/ambient conditioning systems, climate-responsive building design, and curriculum materials development. Prof. Brager currently serves as the Chair of the US Green Building Council’s Research Committee. She is also an active member of ASHRAE, serving as Past-President of the S.F. Bay Area Golden Gate Chapter, and Past-Chair of TC 2.1 (Physiology and Human Comfort). She is also a member of ASES and SBSE.