PhD student in Building Science


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

Won Hee Ko is a PhD candidate in the Building Science program at UC Berkeley. She received her BArch from Yonsei University, South Korea, and her MS in Building Science from the University of Southern California. Before joining the PhD program, Won Hee worked with façades team and computation analysis team at Buro Happold Engineering. As she has both architecture and engineering backgrounds, she enjoys integrating aesthetic aspects of building and façade design with analytical aspects of building physics to help architects tune their ideas for the building skin and its overall geometry in a specific climate. Her professional experience includes building energy and daylight performance analysis, building enclosure system design, and sustainable design strategy development for a wide range of projects with Buro Happold Engineering.

At UC Berkeley, her main research interests lie in luminous and thermal autonomy (resiliency) of buildings and their relationship to occupant comfort and well-being, with a focus on the performance of building envelope. Currently, she is working on research projects that investigate the impact of view on occupants’ thermal comfort and cognitive performance while developing a framework for assessing the view quality of the built environment.