- Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
- M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
- B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara
- Philosophy Statement
What makes a building memorable? I believe it comes not from the glossy images in a magazine, but from the experiences of people who live, work, or pass through the interior spaces. The environmental forces of sun, wind and light have a strong influence on a building's experiential aesthetic, and the consideration of these forces should be a purposeful part of the earliest stages of design. I guide students to learn about principles, tools, and values that will enhance their ability to create buildings that are both beautiful and efficient, responsive to climate and people, sensitive to the environment, and a delight to be in.
Professor Brager is Faculty, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley, and is an ASHRAE Fellow and Past-President of the Golden Gate ASHRAE Chapter. Has published extensively on topics including thermal comfort, adaptation in naturally ventilated and air-conditioned buildings, task conditioning, and indoor air quality. Recipient of the Presidential Young Investigator Award from National Science Foundation, Progressive Architecture Research Award, AIA Education Honors Honorable Mention, Places/EDRA award for Place-based research, and several awards from ASHRAE including Best Technical Paper Award, Ralph G. Nevins Award for general research in thermal comfort, and the Crosby Field Award for a project on thermal adaptation, and Distinguished Service Award. Teaches in the areas of energy and environmental management, sustainable design for hot climates, mechanical systems and architectural space-making, and research methods. Current areas of research activity include comfort and adaptation in naturally-ventilated buildings, and the design and performance of alternative offices.
- Courses Taught
- ARCH 140 Introduction to Energy and Environmental Management
- ARCH 241 Research Methods in Building Sciences
- ARCH 243 Natural Cooling and Ventilation
- ARCH 249X Special Topics: The Physical Environment in Buildings
- ARCH 281 Methods of Inquiry in Architectural Research