Kyle Konis, Ph.D., AIA
- 2016 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Upjohn Research Initiative Award.
- 2016 Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC) New Researcher Award.
- 2014/2015 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) New Faculty Teaching Award.
- 2014/2015 ASCA Housing Design Education Award.
- 2014/2015 Building Technology Educator's Society (BTES) Emerging Faculty Award.
- 2013 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Award.
B.A., University of Washington (2001)
M.Arch, Yale University (2004)
Ph.D, U.C. Berkeley (2011)
Kyle Konis, Ph.D, AIA is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at USC. His courses focus on techniques and measurable methods for integrating sustainable design principles into architectural practice and urban design. Kyle’s research interests are centered on improving the feedback loop between design and the performance outcomes of buildings in use, with an emphasis on the experience of building occupants.
In 2011, Kyle received a Ph.D in Architecture with an emphasis in Building Science from U.C. Berkeley. His Ph.D dissertation extends into the realms of engineering, physical computing, product design and social science, with the goal of leveraging rich and granular occupant feedback data as a critical instrument for evaluating and improving the design and performance of low-energy commercial buildings. While completing his Ph.D, Kyle worked for four years as a graduate research assistant with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Windows and Daylighting Group on high performance facade research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. His research experience also includes examining the feasibility of net-zero energy homes and demand response (DR) enabling technology. While at Berkeley, Kyle received the “Bears Breaking Boundaries” Award from the U.C. Berkeley Chancellor for Science and Technology.
Kyle is a registered architect in the state of Washington and has worked professionally for Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Seattle and for Sir Michael Hopkins and Long and Kentish Architects in London. Kyle holds a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University where he received the Multon Andrus Award for Excellence in Art and Architecture in 2004. Prior to coming to USC, Kyle held an appointment at Portland State University.
Kyle is a member of the IESNA Daylighting and Daylighting Metrics Committees. His research has been published in a number of prominent journals including Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Solar Energy, Intelligent Buildings International, and LEUKOS. Kyle has recently completed a book manuscript (co-authored by Stephen Selkowitz) that will be published by Springer International entitled, Effective Daylighting With High-Performance Facades, Emerging Design Practices (link to book).
Honors and Awards
Funded Research Projects
2016 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant Recipient ($20k).
A Circadian Daylight Metric and Design Assist Tool for Improved Occupant Health and Well-Being.
2014 The Building Occupant Mobile Gateway (O.M.G.) ($150k).
Research grant funded by the California Energy Commission (CEC) Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) program. The objective of the O.M.G. is to leverage mobile sensing as a platform to enable design teams to validate and continually refine the performance of low-energy and environmentally responsive design strategies.
2013 SoCal Gas Sub-Award ($25k).
Research grant to conduct investigations on passive and low energy strategies to assist the non-residential commercial market in achieving sustainability, Zero Net Energy (ZNE), and thermal comfort.
2013 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant Recipient ($25k).
Daylighting Design Performance Criteria for Alzheimer Care Facilities, Towards Evidence-based Best Practices for Improved Health.
2012 NCARB Award ($15k)
Performance as a Design Driver: Creating a Framework to Integrate Practitioner Knowledge in the Design Studio.
Konis K. (2017). A Novel Circadian Daylight Metric for Building Design and Evaluation.
Building and Environment, Volume 113, 15 February 2017, Pages 22–38.
Konis K., Orosz M., Sintov N. (2016). A Window into Occupant-driven Energy Outcomes.
Energy and Buildings, Vol. 116, 15 March 2016, Pages 206–217.
Konis K., Gamas A., Kensek K. (2016). Passive Performance and Building Form: An Optimization Framework for Early-stage Design Support.
Solar Energy. Vol. 125, February 2016, Pages 161–179.
Konis K., Lee E.S. (2015). Measured Daylighting Potential of a Static Optical Louver System Under Real Sun and Sky Conditions.
Building and Environment, Vol. 92, October 2015, Pages 347–359.
Konis K. (2014). Predicting Visual Comfort in Side-lit Open-plan Core Zones: Results of a Field Study Pairing High Dynamic Range Images with Subjective Responses.
Energy and Buildings. Volume 77, July 2014, Pages 67–79.
Konis K. (2013). Leveraging Ubiquitous Computing as a Platform for Collecting Real-time Occupant Feedback in Buildings.
Intelligent Buildings International. Volume 5, Issue. 3, April 2013, Pages 150 - 161.
Konis K. (2013). Evaluating Daylighting Effectiveness and Occupant Visual Comfort in a Side-lit Open-plan Office Building in San Francisco, California.
Building and Environment. Volume 59, January 2013, Pages 662–677.
Konis K., Lee E.S., Clear R.D. (2011). Visual Comfort Analysis of Innovative Interior and Exterior Shading Systems for Commercial Buildings using High Resolution Luminance Images.
The journal of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (LEUKOS). Volume 7, Number 3, 2011.
Effective Daylighting: Evaluating Daylighting Performance in the San Francisco Federal Building from the Perspective of Building Occupants.
Center for the Built Environment, U.C. Berkeley 2012.
School of Architecture, WAH 204
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0291