Graduate Architecture

Nan (Nancy) Ma

PhD Candidate in the Building Technology of Architecture

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Environments in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her study at the Architectural Association Barcelona Visiting School in Spain trained her to design and think rationally and rigorously. Prior to Weitzman School, she taught several Design Studios, Building Technology, and Environmental Systems classes at the University of Melbourne, and has been a guest critic in Melbourne School of Design. Nancy worked with Professor Masa Noguchi at the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning on a project of exploring the related design functions that contribute to improving the built environment for the health and wellbeing of elderly occupants. She also practiced as a design assistant at the Architecture Design & Research Institute of SCUT and was a member of several international conference committees. All of these experiences have helped deepen her commitment to research and its role in shaping a wholesome and innovative approach to architecture.

As a graduate student at Weitzman School, she hopes to continue the research by monitoring and gathering data from actual buildings and their inhabitants in order to better understand how the built environment performs for the people who live or work within it. She also hopes to expand her research during PhD journey regarding building energy performance, environmental design, data-driven models and optimization.

Selected Publications and Patents

Ma, Nan, Jin Zhou, William W. Braham, C. Alan Short. (in preparation) “Built Environment for Sustainable Aging: A Review of Indoor Environmental Quality and Its Association with Health-Related Outcomes.” Nature Sustainability.

Noguchi, Masa, Nan Ma, Catherine Mei Min Woo, Hing-wah Chau and Jin Zhou. (forthcoming) “Environmental Experience Design for Active Ageing.” Buildings.

Chau, Hing-wah, Clare Newton, Catherine Mei Min Woo, Nan Ma, Jiayi Wang and Lu Aye. (2018) “Design Lessons from Three Australian Dementia Support Facilities.” Buildings 8, no. 5: 67-79.

Ma, Nan, Hing-wah Chau, Jin Zhou, and Masa Noguchi. (2017) “Structuring the Environmental Experience Design Research Framework through Selected Aged Care Facility Data Analyses in Victoria.” Sustainability 9, no. 12: 2172-88.

Publication number: CN106593008A
“An Ecological Recycling Energy System for the Large-Scale Grouped Building Project” granted from the

State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, 2017.

Ma, Nan. (2017) “Emergence of a Utopian Vision of Modernist and Futuristic Houses and Cities in Early 20th Century.” IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, ICEMEE, Bangkok, doi :10.1088/1755-1315/61/1/012033.

Ma, Nan. (2017) “Study on Obstacle Factors and Management Tactics of Green Building Development in China.” Proceedings of the 3rd Asian Pacific Conference on Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development (APEESD), Singapore, doi: 10.12783/dteees/apeesd2017/7673.