Michael Donn

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Associate Professor - Building Environments Wellington School of Architecture


Teaching in 2020

Research interests

Net Zero Energy buildings (http:\www.iea-shc.org/task40), daylight and natural ventilation in the workplace; urban wind comfort and safety; computer simulation of building aerodynamics, heating, cooling, acoustic and lighting performance; digital craft animation and building information management in 3D models of the built environment.


BSc (Hons), MSc Wgtn

Research interests

My current research interests include:

  • analysis of the thermal performance and daylighting of commercial buildings
  • evaluation of the impact of building design on the wind environment
  • evaluation of environmental quality inside non-residential buildings
  • quality assurance in building performance simulation
  • practice involvement, includes auditing wind environment impact statements produced for local councils and computer-aided performance analysis of daylighting and solar low energy buildings.

Selected publications

Donn, M R. (2008). Passive Solar Design of Houses. A Deeper Shade of Green. Ins by Bernhardt, J. (Eds). Balasoglou Books. (pp. 52-53). Auckland, New Zealand.

Donn, M R., & Alcorn, A A. (2008). Embodied energy and CO2 analysis. A Deeper Shade of Green. Ins by Bernhardt, J. (Eds). Balasoglou Books. (pp. 93-94). Auckland, New Zealand.

Hand, J., Crawley, D B., Donn, M R., & Lawrie, L. (2008, April). Improving non-geometric data available to simulation programs. Building and Environment, 43, 4. (pp. 674-685).

Stewart, K M., & Donn, M R. (2008). New Zealand Daylight Code Compliance Tool: Development and Implementation. Proceedings PLEA 2008 - 25th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Ins by Kenny, P., Brophy, V. & Owen Lewis, J. (Eds). (pp. 1-6). University College of Dublin. Dublin, Ireland.

Christie, L H., & Donn, M R. (2008). The Fundamental Value of Energy Efficient Housing. 8th International Ecobalance Conference. Tokyo, Japan.

Donn, M R. (2008). Critical examination of my wind audit process for the Wellington City Council. American Association of Wind Engineers Conference. Vail, Colorado.

Donn, M R. (2008). The role of Environmental Design Decision Support Tools in Architectural Education - reflections on their use in the teaching programme at VUW Oral presentation. Society of Building Science Educators, annual workshop. Ashurst Forest, United Kingdom.

Harrison, D H., & Donn, M R. (2008). Using Project Information Clouds to Preserve Design Stories within the Digital Architecture Workplace. Proc of Harvard Critical Digital Conference. (pp. 99-105). Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Cambridge, MA, United States of America.

Kepka, B J., Carpenter, P., & Donn, M R. (2008, December). Presentation on Ben Kepka's work reviewing Flow visualisation techniques as used in Wellington City Council wind test procedures as an Honours student in 2007, transitioning into Masters in 2008-9. 13th AWES Wind Engineering Workshop. Hobart, Australia.

Donn, M., Isaacs, N. (2008). Optimising energy-efficient design of houses. [Co-author]. BRANZ Ltd. (pp. 8). BRANZ Bulletin 500. Wellington, New Zealand.

Full list of publications


Teaching in 2020