Timur Dogan

Timur Dogan is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture and the director of the Environmental Systems Lab, a faculty fellow at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, and a field member of the Department of Architecture, Department of City and Regional Planning, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, as well as the Systems Engineering program. Dogan holds a Ph.D. from MIT, a master's in design studies from Harvard GSD, and a Dipl. Ing. in architecture with distinction from the Technical University Darmstadt, where he was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation.

His research expertise is in daylighting, energy modeling, passive climate control strategies, and performance-driven design workflows in both urban and architectural scale. His work empowers architects and urban designers to optimize their design proposals regarding their energy demand and supply, comfort, and livability. To date, he has authored and coauthored several widely used software tools, journal papers, and peer-reviewed scientific articles.

Dogan's mission with Cornell and the Environmental Systems Lab is to enhance the knowledge of sustainable building technologies, through innovative educational programming and strategic research at the intersection of design, computer science, and building performance simulation as well as urban geospatial analysis. The outcomes of the Environmental Systems Lab's research are sustainable design analysis methods, workflows, teaching concepts, computer-based design tools, and facade components. To date, this work is supported by the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH, NVIDIA, Konica Minolta, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and Cornell's Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural Design
  • Sustainability and Building Energy Modeling.
  • Computational Design

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 1611/5611: Environmental Systems I: Site and SustainabilityThis course examines the relationships between building, site, landscape and sustainability through the lens of ecology and systems thinking. Topics include: basic concepts of sustainability, energetic processes, climate, spatial data visualization, global warming, solar geometry, landscape processes, microclimates, site strategies and grading, building footprint & sustainable building metrics.
  • ARCH 2616/5616: Environmental Systems II: Building DynamicsThis course examines the design and analysis of the building envelope, with a focus on the material and energetic transformations taking place at the boundary between architecture and environment. Topics include: comfort, building thermodynamics, envelope assemblies, thermal modeling, active and passive control systems, daylighting and architectural acoustics.

Publications (Selected)

  • Patrick Kastner and Timur Dogan (2020), "A cylindrical meshing methodology for annual urban computational fluid dynamics simulations." Journal of Building Performance Simulation, 13:1,59-68, DOI: 10.1080/19401493.2019.1692906
  • De Luca, F., Dogan, T., "A novel solar envelope method based on solar ordinances for urban planning." Build. Simul. 12, 817–834 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12273-019-0561-1
  • De Luca, F., Dogan, T., "A novel solar envelope method based on solar ordinances for urban planning." Build. Simul. 12, 817–834 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12273-019-0561-1
  • Emmanouil Saratsis, Timur Dogan, and Christoph F. Reinhart (2017), "Simulation-based daylighting analysis procedure for developing urban zoning rules," Building Research & Information, 45:5, 478-491, DOI: 10.1080/09613218.2016.1159850
  • Dogan, Timur, and Reinhart, C. (2017). "Shoeboxer: An algorithm for abstracted rapid multi-zone urban building energy model generation and simulation." Energy and Buildings. 140. 10.1016/j.enbuild.2017.01.030. 
  • Dogan, Timur, and Stec, Peter (2016). "Prototyping a facade-mounted, dynamic, dual-axis daylight redirection system." Lighting Research and Technology. 50. 10.1177/1477153516675392. 


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