Liam O’Brien, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Advisor, Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering Program, Carleton University
Liam (William) O’Brien, PhD is an associate professor and program advisor for Carleton University’s Architectural Conservation and Sustainability Engineering program and the principal investigator of the Human Building Interaction (HBI) Lab in Ottawa, Canada. The HBI Lab is a team of 10 researchers with diverse backgrounds in civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering, architecture, and psychology. Prof. O’Brien is researching design processes and developing novel controls for high-performance buildings, with a specialization in understanding, modelling, and designing for occupant behaviour. He is currently a subtask co-leader for International Energy Agency EBC Annex 66 on “Definition and Simulation of Occupant Behaviour in Buildings” and is editing a book on occupant research methods.
Since starting at Carleton University in 2011, he has taught four courses, including Green Building Design and Indoor Environmental Quality. Dr. O’Brien has authored or co-authored over seventy refereed conference and journal publications and co-edited a book on net-zero energy buildings. He is heavily involved in the building design and research community, including being the Faculty Advisor for the ASHRAE student chapter and President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA-Canada). He has organized multiple academic conferences, including chairing SimAUD 2013 and eSim 2014, and numerous educational workshops aimed at graduate students and professionals. He has given many presentations to local and international researchers, architects, and engineers and presented "Occupant-Conscious Buildings" at TEDxRideau Canal in 2012. He has won several prestigious awards including the Carleton Research Achievement Award and the Ontario Early Researcher Award.