Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture and the Sea Grant College Program
Master of Science in Architecture Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Bachelor of Architecture, University of Hawaii
I am passionate about enabling students to hone their creative voices to design inspiring and performative built environments. I was drawn to teaching because of the opportunity to share my experience in environmentally responsible building with a generation of designers in a place I care about deeply. The built environment can shape people's quality of life, and can be shaped for human and ecological benefit. Through architecture and landscape design projects, students sculpt space through a rigorous logic of building performance to create delightful, perceptive designs. Climate, human comfort, and energy and water resourcefulness inform buildings’ forms and systems. Understanding building physics and using quantitative analysis tools leads to clever designs with clarity in form and function.
Research and Creative Work
- Areas of Interest
Wendy's research, teaching, and outreach are motivated by the desire to make Hawai'i's coastal communities exemplars in energy and water efficiency, resiliency, economic success, and social well-being. Her research focuses on climate change mitigation through high-performance building design and policy, and enabling coastal communities to adapt to the effects of climate change.
- Professional Experience
Wendy draws research and teaching inspiration from her professional experience as an environmental design consultant at Atelier Ten. She and her colleagues provided environmental design guidance, energy analysis, and LEED benchmarking on a wide variety of projects including Columbia University’s Jerome L. Greene Science Center with Renzo Piano Building Workshop, the Croton Water Filtration Plant with Grimshaw Architects, Consortium for Building Energy Innovation with Kieran Timberlake Architects, Benjamin P. Grogan and Jerry L. Dove Federal Building by Krueck+Sexton Architects, Weill Cornell Medical College Belfer Research Building by Ennead Architects, the Rising Currents exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the National Geographic Headquarters Masterplan with Weiss / Manfredi, and the UNLV Greenspun College of Urban Affairs with Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
Atelier Ten. Associate and Environmental Designer. New York City. 2005–2013.
Parsons The New School. Part-time Faculty. New York City. 2008–2013.
LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction
- Selected Publications
Two projects that Wendy Meguro, current UHM School of Architecture and Sea Grant Assistant Professor and former environmental consultant at Atelier Ten, worked on have recently been highlighted in architectural journals. The first project is Columbia University's Jerome L. Greene Science Center, a 450,000 square foot laboratory designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. Meguro managed Atelier Ten's environmental design consulting on the project from 2008–2013. Meguro worked intensely on the environmental performance of the double skin façade, which satisfied "competing demands of transparency, efficiency, and comfort" according to Architectural Record’s article "Thick Skinned". The building also won Architect Newspaper’s "Best of Design Award" façade category and was lauded for meeting energy requirements while maintaining transparency.
Meguro's second project is the FBI Federal Building in South Florida by Krueck + Sexton, "the product of a government program called "Design Excellence" that promotes creativity and the selection of top-notch architectural talent." Meguro managed Atelier Ten’s environmental design consulting for this 383,000 square foot, $194 million building from 2011–2013. Architect magazine, Architect’s Newspaper, and Arch Daily all noted the original contribution that utilized a novel process to develop, analyze, and specify the façade glazing, frit, and shading. Meguro was instrumental in managing this aspect of the project to mitigate solar heat gain, control daylight, allow privacy and views, and meet aesthetic aspirations.
Arch 341 Intermediate Design Studio
Arch 725 Environmental Technology, Sustainability, & Analysis
Arch 422 Green Building Evaluation & Rating Systems