Micro-Climate Analysis for Architecture Projects - ON-213

Preferred Disciplines: Mechanical engineering, Architecture (Masters, PhD or Post-Doc)
Company: KPMB Architects
Project Length: 4-6 months (1 unit)
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Location: Toronto, ON
No. of Positions: 1
Preferences: None

About the Company: 

KPMB Architects is an award-winning, internationally recognized Canadian architecture practice. The firm comprises a deep pool of highly talented women and men who together form dynamic integrated design teams to ensure every design solution balances vision and pragmatism, environmentally responsible design and architectural excellence.

Project Description:

We are attempting to incorporate an understanding of microclimate conditions into our early design workflow. Specifically, we want to understand the impact that our architectural interventions will have on the existing micro-climate, and what impact this will have on the comfort of people in the area. Ideally, this understanding will inform our design process in an iterative fashion, allowing us to tailor our proposals to optimize comfort and inform our approach to sustainable solutions in the project.

Research Objectives:

  • Develop a workflow to apply computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools to digital architectural models to analyse wind aspects of microclimate on the proposed massing.
  • Relate the outputs of this CFD analysis to human comfort via the application of human comfort models, e.g. UTCI.


Research will be carried out on one or several projects in devlopment in the office at the time.  We have the opportunity to collaborate with several partner consultants with expertise in climate engineering, wind studies, etc. as is beneficial.

Expertise and Skills Needed:

  • Experience with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling.
  • Experience with Architectural modelling software (Revit, Rhino and SketchUp preferred.)
  • Experience with human comfort models, e.g. UTCI.

For more info or to apply to this applied research position, please

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  2. Interested students need to get the approval from their supervisor and send their CV along with a link to their supervisor’s university webpage by applying through the webform.