The Bartlett School of Architecture

Dr Christopher Leung

Dr Christopher Leung

Associate Professor

The Bartlett School of Architecture

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
22nd Sep 2014

Research summary

I carry out research in the environmental design of buildings investigating the application of novel passive thermal actuators applied to variable performance building facades. I have contributed to the field through collaborations including dynamic external insulation for buildings (2009) leading to patent applications through UCL's commercialisation arm.

I conducted original research with a sponsored Engineering Doctorate (Eng.D) at the Bartlett investigating the application of thermal actuator technology within the built-environment (2014). This work has led to proof-of-concept demonstrations of the possibility for different seasonal responses driven solely by passive exchanges of thermal energy between buildings and its surroundings.

I am a fully-certified Thermographer to ISO 9715 Category 3 with expertise in imaging and measurement analysis in the LW wavelength band from 8 to 12 micrometers.

Teaching summary

  • B-Pro Masters course in architectural design - Interactive Architecture Lab (2014-2015)
  • B-Pro Masters course in architectural design - BiotA Lab (2015-2017)

  • M.Sc in Architectural Computing (2015-2017)

  • M.Arch in Design for Manufacture course (2017-2019)


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), ATQ03 - Recognised by the HEA as a Fellow | 2018
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Engineering | 2014
University College London
Other qualification, Registered Architect | 2002
University College London
Other higher degree, Master of Architecture | 2001
University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma of Architecture | 1998
University College London
First Degree, Bachelor of Science (Honours) | 1994


I trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture where I qualified for professional practice in 2002. I followed an interdisciplinary path toward gaining experience in industry by working in environmental design consultancy and a variety of architectural practices. This gave me a diverse base of experience, from which I have adopted a holistic approach to design.

I pursue this through attempting to reconcile the physical construction of buildings and the spaces it encloses with its environmental design for human occupation, with a strong emphasis on passive approaches to environmental considerations especially thermal management. I focus on manufacturing possibilities and technical innovations for variable performance building facades.

I have extensive experience producing 1:1 prototypes using a range of fabrication processes including manual and CNC lathes, milling machines, laser-cutting, light metal alloy casting, FDM printing.