Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1997 M.Arch. University of California, Berkeley, 1990 M.Ed. University of Hawai’i Manoa, 1979 B.A. (Biology, Art) Knox College, 1977
Registered Architect: Oregon, California, NCARB Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC)
Through teaching, research, and professional activities, Professor Alison Kwok works toward developing curricula for environmentally-responsible design and post-occupancy analysis of building performance. Kwok teaches design studios, courses in environmental control systems, and seminars in building performance, climatic design, and teaching methods for technical subjects in architecture.
Kwok is the author, with Walter Grondzik, of The Green Studio Handbook, (Routledge 2nd edition, 2011), a book of practical guidelines for applying environmental strategies during the schematic design of green buildings for use by design professionals, students, and the public. She and Grondzik also collaborated on Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings, (John Wiley & Sons, 12th edition, 2014) reshaping a text that has instructed generations of students around the world in the theory and practice of environmental control systems design since 1935. With colleagues Donald Corner and Jan Fillinger, she has recently published, Passive House Details: Solutions for High Performance Buildings, (Routledge, 2017)
She was the principal investigator for Agents of Change, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post–Secondary Education (FIPSE). Through workshops and training sessions around the country, toolkit loans, and an internet archive, Agents of Change disseminated an approach to understanding building performance through case studies. This project grew out of her long involvement with the Vital Signs Curriculum Materials Project, a national curriculum effort coordinated by the University of California at Berkeley.
She is an active member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) since 1996, serving on committees relating to thermal comfort, building performance workshops for engineering and architecture students, and student activities. She advises an active student branch of ASHRAE at the University.
Kwok has served as a board member and co-editor of the online journal of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC); she is a life member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES); a sub-committee member for an ACSA task force to integrate sustainability into NAAB criteria and conditions; as a board member of the Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE); and a member of the US Green Building Council’s Formal Education Committee. In 2008 she was recognized with the Women in Solar Energy award and in 2017 awarded the Passive Pioneer Award from ASES.
In 2015 and 2016, Kwok was recognized by DesignIntelligence as one of "America's Most Admired Educators." She was recipient of a University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award in 2007 and The Thomas Herman Award for Specialized Pedagogy in 2016. Before coming to the University of Oregon in 1998, she taught as an assistant professor at Cornell University and as an adjunct professor at the California College of Arts.