UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering


Environmental and Building Acoustics expert Professor Jian Kang joins UCL IEDE

13 February 2018

UCL IEDE is delighted to welcome Jian Kang as Professor of Acoustics.

Professor Jian Kang

Professor Kang, FIOA, FASA, CEng, obtained his BEngArch and MSc from Tsinghua University and PhD from University of Cambridge. Before joining UCL IEDE, he worked as Professor of Acoustics at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield since 2003. Previously he worked at the University of Cambridge and the Fraunhofer Institute of Building Physics in Germany.

He has worked in environmental and architectural acoustics for more than 30 years, with 70+ research projects, 800+ publications, and 90+ engineering/consultancy projects. His work on acoustic theories, design guidance and products has brought major improvements to the noise control in underground stations/tunnels and soundscape design in urban areas. He chairs the Technical Committee for Noise of the European Acoustics Association, and EU COST Action on Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes. He was awarded the IOA Tyndall Medal in 2008, and the Peter Lord Award in 2014, and he is also recipient of the prestigious Advanced ERC Grant on Urban Soundscapes.

This new appointment will allow IEDE to start rebuilding its expertise in Building Acoustics and Urban Soundscapes that was lost 25 years ago.

Professor Dejan Mumovic, Director of UCL IEDE, says:

It is my pleasure to welcome Professor Kang to the Bartlett and our Institute. With new expertise in building acoustics and urban soundscapes I am pleased to say that the Institute now have 'in house' expertise in all aspects of environmental design.

To introduce Professor Kang to London’s building design industry, he will take part in FCBS’ Architecture for Health event series ‘Comfort and Perception in Space event on 20 February, where Jian will discuss ‘soundscape creation: towards a comfortable, happy, and healthy space’.