UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering

Prof Jian Kang

Prof Jian Kang

Professor of Acoustics

Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources

Faculty of the Built Environment

Joined UCL
1st Feb 2018

Research summary

Professor Jian Kang has worked in environmental and architectural acoustics for 30+ 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:

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.

Wang, C., Ma, H., Wu, Y. and Kang, J. (2018) Characteristics and prediction of sound level in extra-large spaces. Applied Acoustics, 134, 1-7.

Aletta, F., Axelsson, O. and Kang, J. (2017) Dimensions underlying the perceived similarities of acoustic environments. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1-11 (Article 1162).

Margaritis, E. and Kang, J. (2017) Relationship between green space-related morphology and noise pollution. Ecological Indicators, 72, 921-933.


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, FIOA, FASA, FIIAV, CEng, chairs the European Acoustics Association Technical Committee for Noise, and the EU COST Action on Soundscape of European Cities and Landscapes; and he is President-Elected of the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration (IIAV). 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.