UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Prof Jian Kang

Prof Jian Kang

Professor of Acoustics and Soundscape

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2018

Research summary

Jian Kang, Professor of Acoustics and Soundscape, and Head of the UCL Acoustics Group, has worked in the field for 40 years, with 80+ research projects, 800+ publications, 90+ engineering/consultancy projects, and 20+ patents. 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 is recipient of the prestigious Advanced ERC Grant Award, currently working internationally on developing Soundscape Indices.

Selected recent publications (see Google Scholar for more publications: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=KDqFU5EAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=sra):

Kang, J. and Schulte-Fortkamp, B. (ed.) (2016) Soundscape and the built environment. Taylor & Francis incorporating Spon, London.

Kang, J. (2007) Urban sound environment. Taylor & Francis incorporating Spon, London.

Kang, J. (2002) Acoustics of long spaces: theory and design guidance. Thomas Telford Publishing, London.

Kang, J., Aletta, F., Gjestland, T., Brown, L., Botteldooren, D., Schulte-Fortkamp, B., Lercher, P., van Kamp, I., Genuit, K., Fiebig, A., Bento Coelho, J., Maffei, L. and Lavia, L. (2016) Ten questionas on the soundscapes of the built environment. Building and Environment, 108, 284-294.

Teaching summary

Professor Jian Kang leads the Building Acoustics Module and also teaches acoustic component in a range of other modules.


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1996
Tsinghua University ,Beijing, China
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 1986
Tsinghua University ,Beijing, China
First Degree, | 1984


Professor Jian Kang, FREng, MAE, FIOA, FASA, FIIAV, CEng, has been a full professor since 2003. He is President of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV), and he also chairs the European Acoustics Association Technical Committee for Noise, and the EU COST Action on Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes. He was awarded IOA Tyndall Medal 2008 and Peter Lord Award 2014; NAS Lifetime Achievement Award 2014; and CIBSE Napier Shaw Bronze Medal 2013. He is Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Member of Academia Europaea -The Academy of Europe.