UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Dr Marcella Ucci

Dr Marcella Ucci

Senior Lecturer

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
2nd Oct 2003

Research summary

Dr Ucci is Co-Investigator in the Active Buildings research project, funded by the School for Public Health Research, through the NIHR, National Institute for Health Research. Uniquely it brings together health behaviour specialists in the UCL’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Heath, with built environment specialists in the UCL’s Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. The project aims to generate a predictive agent-based model of physical activity within office buildings, to provide practical guidance for designers and organisations about the features that assist in creating work environments that encourage physical activity. Dr Ucci was also Co-Investigator of the network project Welline (Wellbeing and the Indoor Environment), funded by the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing programme managed by the Medical Research Council. The project addresses how the indoor environment influences chronic disorders affecting the musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and nervous systems, amongst the most prevalent conditions found in the older population. She is also the UCL investigator for the Building Banter project, a unique collaboration between industry and academics, funded by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). It aims to achieve greater energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings through user-centered design. Dr Ucci also co-investigated the Heating and Obesity Trends project (HOT), in collaboration with the UCL’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and funded by the UCL Crucible Centre. The HOT study carried out a multidisciplinary literature review on obesity and temperatures, and a preliminary database search, to establish if there might be any links between obesity and higher indoor winter temperature in Westernised countries. The results are published in ‘Obesity Reviews’, which resulted in considerable media interest.

Previously, Dr Ucci worked on a two-year EPSRC funded research on the environmental control of house dust mites, and on a research project for the ODPM Building Regulations Division (under the Buildings Operational Performance Framework). The project contributed to the development of the Building Regulations (England and Wales), in particular Part F and L which deal with ventilation and energy.

Teaching summary

Dr Marcella Ucci is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings at the UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, within The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, UCL. She is Course Director for the new MSc ‘Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings’. Within this programme, she leads the module ‘Health, Comfort and Wellbeing in the Built Environment', which is also part of the MSc in ‘Environmental Design and Engineering’. Previously, she was Lecturer in Facility and Environment Management in the same Department, for the 'Environment Management and Sustainability' module of the MSc in Facility and Environment Management.


AFHEA, Education | 2009
University College London
PhD, Built Environment | 2007
Universita degli Studi di Napoli - Federico II
BA, Architecture | 2003
University College London
MSc, Environmental Design and Engineering | 2003


Dr Marcella Ucci is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings at the Bartlett's UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering. She is Course Director of the MSc Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings.

She graduated in architecture from the University of Naples (Italy), and then obtained an MSc in Environmental Design and Engineering, and a PhD in indoor air quality and modelling – both from the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, UCL. 

Her research focuses on the interactions and tensions between sustainable building design/operation and the needs of occupants in terms of comfort, health and wellbeing. Her expertise includes building monitoring and modelling, health impact of buildings (especially biological such as dust mites), application of epidemiological methods to built environment studies, and operational aspect of buildings - especially occupant behaviour.

Dr Ucci is Chair of the UK Indoor Environments Group (UKIEG) - a multidisciplinary network of academics, policy-makers and industry - set up to co-ordinate and provide a focus for UK activity concerned with indoor environments, health and well-being. She was also a Committee member of the Sustainability Special Interest Group at the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) between 2010 and 2016. Dr Ucci is on the Editorial Board of 'Architectural Science Review', and of 'Indoor and Built Environment' (previously Deputy Editor). She is also member of the Executive Committee of the UCL Centre for Behaviour Change.