SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

Wendy Meguro

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

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Office Room Number
ARCH 301-J

Email Address
meguro@hawaii.edu

Phone Number
(808) 956-4906

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

As part of UH Sea Grant’s interdisciplinary Coastal Sustainability Initiative, we dove into watershed restoration at loʻi kalo (taro patches) Heʻeia ahupuaʻa. Photo: Bruce Hamakawa
As part of UH Sea Grant’s interdisciplinary Coastal Sustainability Initiative, we dove into watershed restoration at loʻi kalo (taro patches) Heʻeia ahupuaʻa. Photo: Bruce Hamakawa
By maximizing passive systems such as daylighting and natural ventilation, UH students design innovative high-rise residences in Honolulu. Photo: UH Foundation.
By maximizing passive systems such as daylighting and natural ventilation, UH students design innovative high-rise residences in Honolulu. Photo: UH Foundation.
Professor Meguro lead Atelier Ten’s environmental design consulting for <a href="http://www.atelierten.com/2011/projects/weill-cornell-medical-college-belfer-research-building-2/">Ennead Architects</a> on the LEED Gold certified <a href="http://www.ennead.com/work/belfer">Weill Cornell Medical College Belfer Research Building</a>.  New York, NY.  Photo: Wendy Meguro.
Professor Meguro lead Atelier Ten’s environmental design consulting for Ennead Architects on the LEED Gold certified Weill Cornell Medical College Belfer Research Building. New York, NY. Photo: Wendy Meguro.
Professor Meguro lead <a href="http://www.atelierten.com/2011/projects/columbia-manhattanville-expansion-phase-i/">Atelier Ten’s</a> environmental design consulting for <a href="http://www.rpbw.com/project/142/jerome-l-greene-science-center-for-mind-brain-behavior/">Renzo Piano Building Workshop</a> on the Columbia Manhattanville Jerome L. Green Science Center for Mind Brain Behavior.  New York, NY. Photo: Wendy Meguro
Professor Meguro lead Atelier Ten’s environmental design consulting for Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the Columbia Manhattanville Jerome L. Green Science Center for Mind Brain Behavior. New York, NY. Photo: Wendy Meguro
Professor Meguro lead <a href="http://www.atelierten.com/2011/projects/columbia-manhattanville-expansion-phase-i/">Atelier Ten’s</a> environmental design consulting for <a href="http://www.rpbw.com/project/141/lenfest-center-for-the-arts/">Renzo Piano Building Workshop</a> on the Columbia Manhattanville Lenfest Center for the Arts.  New York, NY. Photo: Wendy Meguro
Professor Meguro lead Atelier Ten’s environmental design consulting for Renzo Piano Building Workshop on the Columbia Manhattanville Lenfest Center for the Arts. New York, NY. Photo: Wendy Meguro

Profile

  • License(s)

    LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design + Construction

    Licensed Architect

  • 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. 

  • Courses

    Arch 341 Intermediate Design Studio
    Arch 725 Environmental Technology, Sustainability, & Analysis
    Arch 422 Green Building Evaluation & Rating Systems

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