Professional Researcher


Center for the Built Environment
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Hui Zhang, PhD, is a Research Specialist at the Center for the Built Environment at UC Berkeley. Her work focuses on human thermal comfort in complex environments, and comfort modeling. She has been actively involved in ASHRAE Standard activities, and currently is a chair of the research subcommittee for ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.1 on Physiology and Human Environment. She holds a PhD in building science from the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley. She received the ASHRAE Ralph Nevins Physiology and Human Environment Award for her PhD dissertation study, “Local Thermal Comfort in Asymmetrical and Transient Environments.”

She received her MS in Architecture in 1986, and her BA in Engineering in 1983 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Before she came to the U.S. in 1989, she taught in the Architecture Department of Tsinghua University as an assistant professor for three years. Previous research interests include energy conservation analysis in buildings, passive solar house design, and human thermal comfort.