Since the inception of its green roof research program in 2002, BCIT has created an integrated research team from various disciplines (architecture, acoustics, building envelope science, engineering, landscape architecture, planning, horticulture, ecology, and land-use planning). In addition to research and faculty tasks, the team members all contribute to the Centre’s educational programs. The Centre’s research team includes:
Maureen Connelly, BSc., BEDS., MArch., PhD.
Director, Faculty, Centre for Architectural Ecology
Faculty, Building Science Graduate Program
Combining a science background with a professional affiliation as an architect, Maureen Connelly founded the Centre of Architectural Ecology at BCIT. She also developed the vision, oversaw the construction and the instrumentation of the BCIT green roof research facility in 2002. Maureen’s initial research focused on the architectural and planning impact of greenroofs, which led to the Phase 1 research program [PDF 2.5MB] on stormwater and thermal performance. Maureen developed the first credited course on green roofs in Canada.
Current research focus is on architectural acoustics with a specific focus on living architecture. Research subjects she currently leads includes: urban acoustics, outdoor sound propagation, building envelop noise control and sound transmission, acoustical building materials, quantification of the acoustical capacity of living architecture to reduce sound transmission through buildings, reduction of noise build up in urban areas, and enhancement of personal and shared soundscapes. Current course delivery includes BSCI 9060 Advanced Acoustics (graduate level course) and BSCI 7200 Acoustical Science and Ecology. Maureen is currently leading an initiative on soundscape and acoustical integration into whole building performance.
Maureen continues to direct the strategic research and planning process at the BCIT Centre for Architectural Ecology. Maureen received the BCIT Applied Research Award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of knowledge, and of economic and societal well-being through the application and implementation of new technology accepted the Canadian Institute of Energy 2010 Research and Development award on behalf of the Centre, and most recently the Green Roof and Wall Research Award of Excellence from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
Christine Thuring, BSc, MSc, PhD
Faculty, Centre for Architectural Ecology
With a background in environmental science and ecology, Christine’s work portfolio weaves together an appetite for ecological understanding with an ambition to make the world a better place ecologically and socially. While her career began in applied plant ecology, for the last 20 years Christine has worked predominantly in the urban context, often in inter-disciplinary collaborations relating to living architecture and other forms of multi-functional ecological landscape design.
As a collaborative ecologist, Christine’s interests are manifest through design, education, research, and communication. She has designed and installed green roofs and habitat gardens in North America, central Europe and the UK. As co-founder of Green Roof Safari, she has led several study trips of green infrastructure in Germany and Switzerland. Christine has been a contributing editor to Greenroofs.com since 2004, and is a regular contributor to The Nature of Cities. Christine has spoken widely about her research and continues to publish. Her recent research granted unprecedented insights into the development of vegetation and soils on extensive green roofs more than 20-30 years after installation.
At BCIT, Christine is setting up a new project that screens herbaceous species for extensive green roofs from a unique Pacific Northwest plant community, the Garry oak ecosystem, with consideration for microbial inoculation and pollinator visitation. She is also supporting City of Vancouver in developing a green roof policy, and coordinating the GRIT for Vancouver, a Cascadia-wide green roof info think-tank.
Omid Tamanna, M.Eng Building Science
Omid is an experienced civil Engineer. After graduating in 1990, he has worked on many projects in various roles, from designer on residential building construction, to project manager on heavy civil projects all the way to senior chief engineer at international NGO’s. Omid has always had a passion for research, and so has always maintained close contact with academic institutions and professional societies.
Combined with his knowledge of building science and architectural acoustics, Omid’s experience in structural design, construction methods and building materials have been a great asset for developing research strategies, for planning and delivering projects, and for guiding graduate students in their research and dissertations.
His current work at BCIT includes ongoing research, graduate acoustics and building science projects, industry contribution through academic publications, ASTM and ISO standard field and laboratory test operations, sustainable projects on-campus, and infrastructural development.
Affiliated Research Groups at BCIT
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Centre for Architectural Ecology
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