Dr Masa Noguchi is an Associate Professor in Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, specialising in "Environmental Experience Design (EXD)" research that enbraces value analysis and mass customisation techniques applied to architectural design decision-making process. In parallel to EXD studies, he also initiated global movement on zero energy mass custom home (ZEMCH) and vertical village/subdivision plug-in housing system research and development for future-proof city evolution.
Dr Noguchi is a Chartered Engineer, Environmentalist, and Technological Product Designer registered respectively with the Engineering Council, Society for the Environment, and the Institution of Engineering Designers in the UK. In 2002, he also became a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and today, he serves as a Certified Passive House Designer registered with the Passive House Institute in Germany. Dr Noguchi is the founding coordinator of ZEMCH Network (www.zemch.org) which consists of over 750 partners from nearly 45 countries and developed a series of industry-academia knowledge transfer events. ZEMCH international conferences (from 2012), ZEMCH sustainable design workshops (from 2014) and ZEMCH technical missions (from 2006) are amongst the projects being organised by ZEMCH Network today in partnership with the regional experts centres based currently in Australia, Brazil, Italy, Korea, UAE and UK. At the Melbourne School of Design, he leads ZEMCH (Zero Energy Mass Custom Home) design courses, i.e. "Travelling Studio" and "Design Thesis Studio", within the graduate program. Before coming to Melbourne, he was a Reader at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art affiliated with the University of Glasgow, where he established a ZEMCH pathway within the Master of Architectural Studies program. His research is based on ZEMCH engineering design and socially, economically, environmentally and humanly sustainable housing community developments in global contexts. Inventing a "mass custom design" system approach to qualitu affordable housing, he developed a digitalised interactive mass custom design communication tool, which was demonstrated in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon's Canadian house 2005. In 2006, he designed Canada's first net zero energy home - Alouette Homes' EcoTerra house - built and commercialised through the federal government's EQuilibrium sustainable housing initiative/competition in 2007. Moreover, he also contributed to Scottish and Brazilian ZEMCH construction projects. Serving as the editorial board member of over 15 journals, Dr Noguchi is frequently invited to deliver keynote lectures on ZEMCH R&D actions at national and international conferences stressing the need for EXD research and practice in built environments for the occupants' physical and mental health and well-being. Masa lives in Melbourne with his wife, Oxana, and their three children, Sophia, Margaret and Anna.
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Physical and perceptual gap in indoor environmental quality: a mixed method study of space..
Post-Occupancy Evaluation Survey: Perceptions Of Indoor Environmental Quality Of A Residen..
The Usability Study of a Proposed Environmental Experience Design Framework for Active Age..
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Physical and perceptual gap in indoor environmental quality: a mixed method study of space and users at an aged care facility in Victoria
Masa Noguchi, Catherine Mei Min Woo, Hing-Wah Chau, Jin Zhou, Andrea Pianella, Clare Newton
Journal article | 2019 | Architectural Science Review
Nearly a quarter of a million of Australia's ageing population live in residential aged care facilities. Given the growing ageing ..
A pilot study on users’ IEQ perceptions in a residential aged care facility in Melbourne
H Chau, Lu Aye, Masa Noguchi, Clare Newton, Jin Zhou, Catherine Mei Min Woo
Conference Proceedings | 2018
The aged population in Australia is expanding rapidly. To cater for the Australia’s ageing population, there is a significant incr..
Prefab Housing and the Future of Building: Product to Process
Mathew Aitchison, Toktam Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, Anne Beim, Rachel Couper, Robert Doe, Dan Engstrom, Ivana Kuzmanovska, Helena Lidelow, Duncan Maxwell, John Macarthur, Jonathan Nelson, M Noguchi, Marc Norman, Martin Rudberg, Ivan Rupnik, Ryan Smith, Lars Stehn, Jose Torero Cullen
Book | 2018
As we stand on the cusp of a fundamental restructuring of the housing and building industries, this book provides timely insights ..
Operational energy consumption in Chilean social housing: exploring the impacts of household changes
V Bunster Milnes, M Noguchi, R García, W Bustamante
Conference Proceedings | 2015
Recent initiatives towards the reduction of domestic energy consumption largely depend upon the availability of thorough informati..
A Feasibility Study on Occupants' Behaviour and Energy Usage Patterns and Its Potential Integration with Building Information Modelling
Liangxiu Han, Haşim Altan, Masa Noguchi
Journal article | 2015 | International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling
Understanding how occupants manage their energy use in homes and how their behaviour influence household energy consumption in dom..
Passive cooling approaches in net-zero energy solar buildings: lessons learned from demonstration buildings
Laura Aelenei, Roberto Lollini, Helder Gonçalves, Daniel Aelenei, Massa Noguchi, Michael Donn, François Garde
Conference Proceedings | 2011 | Proceedings of CISBAT 2011 CLEANTECH FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS – FROM NANO TO URBAN SCALE
Japanese manufacturers' 'cost-performance' marketing strategy for the delivery of solar photovoltaic homes
Conference Proceedings | 2005 | Proceedings of the Solar World Congress 2005: Bringing Water to the World, Including Proceedings of 34th ASES Annual Conference and Proceedings of 30th National Passive Solar Conference
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
MSD Teaching and Learning Award for Innovative Teaching
Scottish Crucible 2010
Government of Canada Awards
Associate Professor In Environmental Design
Architecture, Building And Planning
Chartered Technological Product Designer (Ctpd)
Institution of Engineering Designers
Certified Passive House Designer
Passive House Institute
Institution of Engineering Designers
Chartered Engineer (Ceng)
Chartered Environmentalist (Cenv)
Society for the Environment
On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (Ocdea: Nher Scheme)
National Energy Services
Code For Sustainable Homes Assessor (Bre Scheme)
Building Research Establishment
Breeam Ecohomes Assessor (Bre Scheme)
Building Research Establishment
Royal Architectural Institute of Canada
Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching
University of the Arts London
Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture
Master of Architecture
Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture