Professor of Architecture Gail Brager has been named the Interim Director of the Center for Environmental Design Research (CEDR) at the College of Environmental Design, effective July 1, 2017. Professor Brager has been affiliated with CEDR for over 30 years and has been the Center’s Associate Director since 2004. She is also Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, an industry/university collaborative research center focused on high-performance buildings.
Professor Brager has a distinguished record of scholarship on topics at the intersection of energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and human behavior. She is a visible leader in regional and national organizations, having been the founding Chair of the US Green Building Council's Research Committee. Professor Brager conducts research and teaches across multiple dimensions of sustainability addressing the design, operation, and assessment of buildings, with a focus on thermal comfort and adaptation, occupant well-being, natural ventilation, and personalized environmental control.
Professor Emeritus of Architecture Ed Arens is stepping down at the end of this month after 29 years of service in the role. Under his leadership, CEDR has established broad collaborations across campus, with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and other national and international institutions, and with industrial partners. It has been exceptionally productive as measured by extramural funding, publications, citations, and direct contributions to the design tools and standards that guide the building industry and the environmental design professions toward sustainable practice. It is one of the largest centers of its kind globally.
In the near future a broad call for nominations will be issued as part of an open, competitive recruitment for the next permanent director. The nomination form and call for nominations will also be posted on the VCRO’s leadership recruitment webpage linked here.