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Associate Professor Veronica Garcia Hansen
HDR Training Coordinator
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office
Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Discipline *
Architecture, Building, Optical Physics
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Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology), BArch (Other)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • AIA, Royal Australian Institute of Architecture (Graduate member since 2001)
  • ASA, Architectural Science Association, since 2001
  • ISES Solar Energy Society (Silver member) since 2003
  • PLEA, Passive Low energy Architecture, since 2009
  • SBSE, Society of Building Science Educators, since 2012
  • ASES, American Solar energy Society, since 2012
  • ACSA, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, since 2013
  • CIE, International Commission on Illumination, Division 3 Australian Representative: “Interior Environment and lighting design”.

daylighting, daylighting devices, energy efficiency, health and productivity, human well being, Daylight simulation & climate based metrics, Climate responsive buildings, Sustainability

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr. Garcia-Hansen is an active researcher in the area of Lighting Design in Buildings, specializing in the design of daylighting devices, façade design, energy efficiency, evaluation of the luminous environment, lighting modeling, and lighting effects on health and wellbeing. Dr. Garcia-Hansen’s PhD thesis established her research significance to this field of lighting research. The research aimed to provide integrated solutions for the problem of naturally illuminating deep plan buildings in the tropics. The significance of the research contribution was recognized through an international award (Asian innovation Awards 2003) and nomination to the Fresh Innovators national program (2005). The PhD thesis was the 10th most downloaded thesis on QUT eprints, during 2008-09  and the research has also been published in international conferences (4), presented to research groups (Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic), and had extensive media coverage including TV scientific programs ( , industry magazines, and radio interviews. This research was the basis for the invitation to Dr Garcia Hansen to participate in the CIE Technical Committee TC 3-38 on”Tubular Daylight Guidance Systems”(2006) and as guest speaker for Eco building in Hot climate- Energy, Efficiency, Comfort: A Combination for our Future conference in Bolzano, Italy (April 29th 2010). Since PhD conclusion, Dr. Garcia-Hansen has been investigating many aspects of appropriate lighting solutions in the tropics to provide energy efficient solutions as well as providing healthy environments for people with three funded research projects totallying $75,000, where she is the main CI. These projects include:

  1. Development of an assessment tool for selection of daylighting devices in tropical climates. This research has been presented in two international conference
  2. Evaluation of luminous environments in open plan offices with top daylighting devices, presented in two international conferences and
  3. Study of Light exposure patterns of office workers. This on-going research is the first one to assess light exposure patterns of office workers in a subtropical setting.

Dr. Garcia-Hansen is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Architecture (AIA), a member of Architectural Science Association (ASA) and Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA), Silver member of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) and the Australian representative for CIE (International Commission on Illumination) Division 3: Interior Environment and Lighting Design.

She has been a technical reviewer for numerous peer review journals including Building and Environment, Lighting Research and Technology. She is currently an associate editor for Architectural Science Review (Q1 journal). Dr. Garcia-Hansen is an Australian Research Council (ARC) assessor.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Veronica Garcia Hansen.


Dr. Garcia-Hansen teaching responsabilities focuses on Architectural Science, Sustainability and Research Methods. She has been involved in the following units:

  • DAB330 Integrated Technologies 1
  • DAN110 and DAN220 Architectural Theory and Research 1 and 11
  • DAB610 Architectural Design 6
  • BEB200 Introducing Sustainability
  • DEH701 Research Methods
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Veronica Garcia Hansen.


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
Member of the International Scientific committee for the CIE 2016 Lighting Quality and Energy Efficiency Conference, Melbourne, Australia, March 2016.
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Associate Editor for Architectural Science Review Journal
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
Invited speaker for Eco building in Hot climate- Energy, Efficiency, Comfort: A Combination for our Future conference in Bolzano, Italy (April 29th 2010). The talk presented was "Innovative daylighting solutions for buildings in hot climates"
Membership of Learned Societies
Reference year
Australian Representative for the Division 3 (since 2010): Interior Environment and lighting design
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Finalist for the 2005 Fresh Innovators. The Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources- National Innovation Awareness Strategy. Sydney, Australia. One of 16 projects selected nation wide.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Asian Innovation Award (Bronze) for Light pipes design. Organized by the Far Eastern Economic Review) Veronica Garcia-Hansen, Ian Edmonds and Ken Yeang

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Designing Healthy and Efficient Luminous Environments in Green Buildings
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year


Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)