OBEL: Occupant Behaviour and Energy Laboratory
Occupant response, behaviour, and well-being
If you have all the answers, what else is there to learn? But the search for human behaviour is infinite; you'll never understand it all. I just think that's wonderful. - Uta Hagen.


Geun Young Yun is a building scientist working in the area of the design, operation, and evaluation of sustainable buildings. He is Assistant Professor at Department of Architectural Engineering of Kyung Hee University, Korea. He obtained his BEng and MEng degrees from Chung Ang University. His MEng work developed a Computational Fluid Dynamics program for the evaluation of indoor thermal environment. He then worked as an environmental consultant for sustainable building design in both Korea and UK. His technical skills and insights into “Environmental Design in Architecture” were matured during his MPhil study at the University of Cambridge.

His PhD work at Cambridge University is a critical, new component of developing the understanding of the environmental performance of building with respect to the role of human agency. He has published a series of academic papers for international referred journals, which have gained international recognition and have cemented his profile as a top academic in the field of human behaviour and environment performance.

At Kyung Hee University, he is leading the Occupant Behaviour and Energy Laboratory (OBEL, Web: obel.khu.ac.kr), set up in 2010. OBEL has carried research into adaptive comfort, occupant behaviour, the energy-efficiency and renewable energy potentials of buildings and urban space, the health performance of buildings, urban climatic maps. 

■ Education

OCT 2005 ‐ JUN 2008

PhD in Architecture, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Thesis title: Occupant behaviour in buildings: Thermal performance implications of window use patterns

OCT 2004 ‐ SEP 2005

MPhil in Environmental Design in Architecture, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Thesis title: An Assessment of Building Integrated Photovoltaics: Design and Overall Energy Performance of a Ventilated Photovoltaic Façade

MAR 2001 ‐ FEB 2002 & MAR 1998 - DEC 1998

Master of Engineering in Architectural Engineering, Chung‐Ang University, Seoul, Korea, 4.08/4.5
Thesis title: The Development of a Program for the Prediction and Evaluation of Indoor Thermal Environment using CFD

MAR 1994 ‐ FEB 1998

Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture, Chung‐Ang University, Seoul, Korea


■ Work experience

MAR 2009 ‐ Present

The Department of Architectural Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Department of Architectural Engineering
- Full-time University Lecturer in the area of Environmental Science and Technology in Buildings (Tenture-track position)


JUN 2008 ‐ FEB 2009

The University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture
- A research associate attached to Prof. Koen Steemers’ research group
- Gave lectures for a postgraduate course in environmental design in architecture

JAN 2007 ‐ AUG 2007

Cambridge Architectural Research, LTD. and Hanil Mechanical & Electrical Consultants (HIMEC). (Freelance Consultant)
- A freelance consultant
- Consulted on the thermal performance of buildigns focused on passive design solutions and hired by HIMEC for coordination with RSH+P architects and Arup engineers in London

FEB 2002 ‐ MAY 2004

Hanil Mechanical & Electrical Consultants. Co, Seoul, South Korea
- A building services engineer/Consultant
- Carried out tasks of building load calculations, selecting and sizing of primary/secondary equipment for on‐going and competition projects
- Offered architects design advice based on the evaluation of energy performance, analysis of life cycle cost and assessment of indoor environment

DEC 1998 ‐ FEB 2001

Republic of Korea Army (assigned to 8th United States Army, Korea)
- Honourably discharged as a representative of Korean Augmentee to the US Army (KATUSA)
- Coped with conflicting matters between KATUSA US soldiers and promoted the mutual understanding of different cultures


■ Honors

2008 ‐ Present

Reviewer for international journals Solar Energy, Building and Environment, and Indoor and Built Environment


International conference CISBAT 2007 participation grant, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland


Listee in Who’s Who in the World, Marquis Who’s Who LLC

2005 /2006 /2007

Kettle’s Yard travel grant, University of Cambridge


Scholarship of Brain Korea 21, Ministry of Education & Human Resources Development


Meritorious mention, 7th design competition for solar energy in architecture, held by Korean Solar Energy Society


Scholarship of Dean, Chung-Ang University