Ying Hua
Ying Hua
Associate Professor
Human Centered Design

3421 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall


Dr. Ying Hua came from a background of architecture, building science and behavioral science.

Dr. Hua has been conducting research on methodology for post-occupancy evaluation (POE); impact of a variety of workplace concepts and strategies on behavioral and organizational outcomes; and the interaction between occupants and building systems and resulted influence on building performance. She has also studied strategies to engage and motivate multiple stakeholders in sustainable building practice and in resilience building efforts in multiple building markets in the U.S., Japan, and China. 

It is her goal to inform the design, delivery, operation, management and re-engineering of built environments and building sector policy-making to enhance the quality of built environments, support health and performance of their occupants, and facilitate the delivery of business goals; and to mitigate the building sector's impact on global climate change.

As an Appointed Member of the China Green Building Council, Dr. Hua has been actively promoting sustainable building policy, practice, and education in China. She is playing an active role in promoting sustainable campus research and practice both in China and internationally.

For complex topics, such as quality of built environments, future workplace, sustainability and resilience, the search for solutions starts from defining the challenges and opportunities. In the context of buildings and cities, I would like to equip students with both the scope of thinking as well as solid knowledge and skill sets for creating innovative methods and solutions to make built environments value-enablers for their users and the society. Being members of graduate fields of both Design & Environmental Analysis and Real Estate at Cornell gives me an opportunity to reach out to students from a variety of backgrounds and to make an impact.

DEA1050: Career Explorations

DEA2040: High Performance Buildings

DEA5540: Workplace Strategy Studio

DEA6250: Human Dimensions of Sustainability Building

Nishida, Y., Hua, Y., & Okamoto, N. (2018). Alternative building emission reduction measure: Outcomes from Tokyo Cap-and-Trade Program. In Lorch, R., Laubscher, J., Chan, E.H., and Visscher, H. (Eds.) Building Governance and Climate Change. Routledge.

Yang, E., Hua, Y., & Diciccio, T. (2018). Diffusion of innovation in sustainable building practices and the role of stakeholders.Journal of Green Building,  Vol. 13, No.4. 91-102.

Hua, Y. (2018). Topics for human factors and ergonomics research and interventions in future workplace. Journal of Ergonomics. Vol. 8, Issue 1.

Gocer, O., Hua, Y., & Gocer, K. (2016). A BIM-GIS integrated pre-retrofit model for retrofit decision support. Building Simulation. Vol. 9, Issue 5, 513-527.

Nishida, Y., Hua, Y. & Okamoto, N. (2016). Alternative building emission governance: Outcomes from the Tokyo Cap-and-Trade program. Building Research & Information. Vol.44, Issue 5-6, 644-659.

Ge, J., Hua, Y., Daziano, R., Tong, X., & Chen, Si (2016). An overview of the success story of Jiangsu Electric's residential time of use program in China and the related behavior changes. Proceedings of 2016 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings: From Components to System, From Buildings to Communities. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Aquilina, S.B., Kozlowski, M. & Hua, Y. (2015). Fundamental sustainability at Cornell Law School's new academic center. Journal of Green Building, Vol. 10, No. 2, 42-63.

Gocer, O., Hua, Y., & Gocer, K. (2015). Completing the missing link in building design process: Enhancing post-occupancy evaluation method for effective feedback for building performance. Building and Environment, Vol. 89, 14-27.

Hua, Y. & Yang, E. (2014). Building spatial layout that supports healthier behavior of office workers: A new performance mandate for sustainable buildings. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation. Vol. 49(3), 373-380.

Hua, Y., Gocer, O., & Gocer, K. (2014). Spatial mapping of occupant satisfaction and indoor environment quality in a LEED Platnum campus building. Building and Environment. Vol.79 (September 2014), 124-137.

Joseph, A., Taylor, E., Quan, X., Nanda, U., & Hua, Y. (2014). Building a knowledge base for evidence-based healthcare facility design. Intelligent Building International. Vol. 6, No.3, 155-169.

Hua, Y. (2013). Chapter 3: Sustainable campus as a living laboratory for climate change mitigation and adaptation: The role of design thinking processes. In Koenig, A. (ed.) Regenerative Sustainable Development of Universities and Cities: The Role of Living Laboratories. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar. 

Hua, Y. (2013) Understanding POE for future building practices. Editorial for the Special Issue on Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE). Intelligent Buildings International. Vol.5, No.3, 133-134.


Jaitli, R. & Hua, Y. (2013). Measuring sense of belonging among employees working at a corporate campus: Implication for workplace planning and management. Journal of Corporate Real Estate. Vol. 15, Iss. 2. 117-135.


Hua, Y., Becker, F., Wurmser, T., Bliss-Holtz, J., & Hedges, C. (2012). The Effects of Nursing Unit Spatial Layout on Nursing Team Communication Patterns, Quality of Care, and Patient Safety. The Health Environment Research and Design (HERD) Journal.  Vol. 6, No. 1, 8-38.  


Konno, N. & Hua, Y. (2012). Designing the workplace for knowledge creation: Innovating “Ba” in the era of the networked workplace. The Japanese Journal of Labour Studies, No. 627, October 2012, 44-57 (In Japanese).


Nishida, Y. & Hua, Y. (2011). Motivating stakeholders to deliver change: Tokyo's Cap & Trade Program. Building Information & Research, Vol. 39, No. 5, 518-533.


Hua, Y., Loftness, V., Heerwagen, J., & Powell, K.M. (2011). Relationship between Workplace Spatial Settings and Occupant-Perceived Support for Collaboration. Environment and Behavior, Vol. 43, No. 6, 807-826.


Hua, Y., Oswald, A., & Yang, X. (2011). Effectiveness of daylighting design and occupant visual satisfaction in a LEED Gold laboratory building, Building and Environment, Vol. 46, No.1, 54-64.


Hua, Y., Loftness, V., Kraut, R., & Powell, K.M. (2010). Workplace collaborative space layout typology and occupant perception of collaboration environment. Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design, Vol.37, Issue 3, 429-448.


Hua, Y. (2010). A model of workplace environment satisfaction, collaboration experience, and perceived collaboration effectiveness: A survey instrument. International Journal of Facility Management, Vol.1, No.2, 1-21.


Joseph, A., Keller, A., Quan, X., Quist, C., & Hua, Y. (2010). An open-source searchable database to assess the impact of environmental strategies on outcomes in healthcare facilities – Report by the Center for Health Design to the U.S. Green Building Council.


Yang, X. & Hua, Y. (2009). Globalization challenges for innovative city development: Case study of Pittsburgh, Urban Studies, 2009(12), 29-38 (in Chinese).


Hua, Y. & Yang, X. (2008). Barriers for green building practice in China. Proceedings of World Sustainable Building Conference (SB08), September 21-25, 2008, Melbourne, Australia.


Yang, X. & Hua, Y. (2008). University campus as creative hub critical to city internal expansion. Proceedings of the 44th ISOCARP Congress: Urban Growth without Sprawl – A way Towards Sustainable Urbanization, September 19-23, 2008, Dalian, China.


Hua, Y. & Yang, X. (2007). Case Study of Lafarge China and Shui On Cement: Emission-related CSR in Chinese Cement Industry. In Hooker, J., Hulpke, J. F., and Madsen, P. (Eds.) Controversies in International Corporate Responsibility. Philosophy Documentation Center: Charlottesville, Virginia, pp 129-143.


Yang, X. & Hua, Y. (2006). A new method for measuring urban sustainability: Integrating spatial analysis and metabolism study. Proceedings of International Conference on Sustainability Measurement and Modeling (ICSMM2006), Novermber 16-17, 2006, Barcelona, Spain.


Loftness, V., Hartkopf, V., Lam, K. P., Snyder, M., Hua, Y., Gu, Y., Choi, J., & Yang, X. (2006). Sustainability and health are integral goals for the built environment. Proceedings of the Healthy Buildings 2006 – Creating a Healthy Indoor Environment for People, June 4-6, 2006, Lisbon, Portugal.


Loftness, V., Hartkopf, V., Gurtekin, B., Hua, Y., Snyder, M., Qu, M., Gu, Y. & Yang, X. (2005). Building Investment Decision Support (BIDS™) - Cost-benefit tool to promote high performance components, flexible infrastructures and systems integration for sustainable commercial buildings and productive organizations. 2005 AIA Report on University Research.


Yang, X. & Hua, Y. (2004). Wuhan vs. Pittsburgh: Urban transformation of old industrial cities under globalization impacts. Proceedings of the City Futures conference, July 8-10, 2004, Chicago, IL. 


Hua, Y. & Yang, X. (2004). Urban sustainability issues of Chinese small cities. Proceedings of the World Building Congress - CIB2004, May 2-7, 2004, Toronto, Canada.


Loftness, V., Aziz, A., Srivastava, V., & Hua, Y. (2003). Creating a national environmental assessment toolkit (NEAT!) - Productivity protocols for the field evaluation of baseline environmental quality. Proceedings of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) International Green Building Conference, November 12-14, 2003, Pittsburgh, PA.


Xu, L., Ge, J. & Hua, Y. (2002). Analysis on the environmental problems accompanying high-speed urbanization of small towns in China, Journal of Environmental Sciences, Vol. 14, No.1, 120-126.


Academic Director, Cornell China Center;

Co-Director, International Workplace Studies Program, Cornell University;

Co-Chair of Faculty Advisory Board and faculty fellow, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability

Core faculty, Cornell East Asia Program;

Faculty Fellow, Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures;

Faculty Affiliate, Cornell Program of Infrastructure Policy;

Appointed Member, China Green Building Council;

Executive Director, Built Environment Research and Innovation Collaborative (BeRIC).


Dr. Hua is the Academic Director of Cornell China Center, dedicated to building a bridge between Cornell and China to foster innovative collaboration for addressing critical challenges facing the world, as well as support the visibility and impact of Cornell research and Cornell scholars in China.

Director, Cornell China Center

Ph.D., Building Performance & Diagnostics, Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Engineering, Building Science & Technology, Zhejiang University, China

Bachelor of Architecture, Zhejiang University, China

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