Dr Veronica Garcia Hansen


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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), BArch (Other)

Dr. Garcia-Hansen is an active researcher in the area of Lighting Design in Buildings, specializing in the design of daylighting devices, façade design, energy efficiency, evaluation of the luminous environment, lighting modeling, and lighting effects on health and wellbeing. Dr. Garcia-Hansen’s PhD thesis established her research significance to this field of lighting research. The research aimed to provide integrated solutions for the problem of naturally illuminating deep plan buildings in the tropics. The significance of the research contribution was recognized through an international award (Asian innovation Awards 2003) and nomination to the Fresh Innovators national program (2005). The PhD thesis was the 10th most downloaded thesis on QUT eprints, during 2008-09  and the research has also been published in international conferences (4), presented to research groups (Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic), and had extensive media coverage including TV scientific programs (http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1610451.htm) , industry magazines, and radio interviews. This research was the basis for the invitation to Dr Garcia Hansen to participate in the CIE Technical Committee TC 3-38 on”Tubular Daylight Guidance Systems”(2006) and as guest speaker for Eco building in Hot climate- Energy, Efficiency, Comfort: A Combination for our Future conference in Bolzano, Italy (April 29th 2010). Since PhD conclusion, Dr. Garcia-Hansen has been investigating many aspects of appropriate lighting solutions in the tropics to provide energy efficient solutions as well as providing healthy environments for people with three funded research projects totallying $75,000, where she is the main CI. These projects include:

  1. Development of an assessment tool for selection of daylighting devices in tropical climates. This research has been presented in two international conference
  2. Evaluation of luminous environments in open plan offices with top daylighting devices, presented in two international conferences and
  3. Study of Light exposure patterns of office workers. This on-going research is the first one to assess light exposure patterns of office workers in a subtropical setting.

Dr. Garcia-Hansen is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA), a member of Architectural Science Association (ASA) and Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), Silver member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the Australian representative for CIE (International Commission on Illumination) Division 3: Interior Environment and Lighting Design.

She has been a technical reviewer for numerous peer review journals including Building and Environment, Lighting Research and Technology. She is currently an associate editor for Architectural Science Review (Q1 journal). Dr. Garcia-Hansen is an Australian Research Council (ARC) assessor.

Projects

Additional information

Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2015
Details
Member of the International Scientific committee for the CIE 2016 Lighting Quality and Energy Efficiency Conference, Melbourne, Australia, March 2016.
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2014
Details
Associate Editor for Architectural Science Review Journal
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2010
Details
Invited speaker for Eco building in Hot climate- Energy, Efficiency, Comfort: A Combination for our Future conference in Bolzano, Italy (April 29th 2010). The talk presented was "Innovative daylighting solutions for buildings in hot climates"
Type
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
2010
Details
Australian Representative for the Division 3 (since 2010): Interior Environment and lighting design
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2005
Details
Finalist for the 2005 Fresh Innovators. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources- National Innovation Awareness Strategy. Sydney, Australia. http://www.freshinnovators.org/ One of 16 projects selected nation wide.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2003
Details
Asian Innovation Award (Bronze) for Light pipes design. Organized by the Far Eastern Economic Review) Veronica Garcia-Hansen, Ian Edmonds and Ken Yeang
Title
Designing Healthy and Efficient Luminous Environments in Green Buildings
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP150100179
Start year
2016
Keywords
  • Behavioural Probability Models to Predict Daylighting Performance for Green Buildings with Open Plan Offices
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Gillian Isoardi, Adjunct Associate Professor Simon Smith
  • New quantitative framework for view evaluation through dynamic methods
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Gillian Isoardi, Dr Alicia Allan
  • New predictive models for visual comfort in buildings informed by evidence-based knowledge
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Gillian Isoardi
  • Identification and classification of key features of balconies to promote thermal comfort under natural ventilation mode
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Wendy Miller
  • INTEGRATION OF DAYLIGHT SYSTEM DESIGN WITH THE WHOLE BUILDING DESIGN
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Gillian Isoardi, Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc
  • Integration of daylighting strategies with natural ventilation in Double Skin Façade design to achieve occupants' thermal and visual comfort in office buildings
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Bianca Capra, Professor Robin Drogemuller