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Masa Noguchi

Associate Professor In Environmental Design
Architecture, Building And Planning
Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH) Verticle Village/Subdivision Plug-in Sustainable Housing System Development
science & technology
arts & humanities
social sciences
environmental sciences & ecology
life sciences & biomedicine
environmental studies
urban studies
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Masa Noguchi

Architecture, Building And Planning
Primary Interest
ZEMCH Environmental Experience Design
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Masa Noguchi


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)" decision-making analysis based on a mass customisation framework that embraces data mining and value analysis techniques for improvement of operational energy efficiency and occupants' health and wellbeing of built environments. 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 ( which consists of nearly 790 partners from over 40 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 four children, Sophia Misato, Margaret Miwa, Anna Miko and Emily Reiwa.

Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


MSD Teaching and Learning Award for Innovative Teaching

Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne


Scottish Crucible 2010

Royal Society of Edinburgh


Team Award

CANMET Energy Technology Centre-Varennes, Natural Resources Canada


Government of Canada Awards

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada





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)

Engineering Council

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

McGill University

Master of Architecture

McGill University

Bachelor of Engineering in Architecture

Kogakuin University