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David Ogoli

David Ogoli Profile

Contact Information

Name:David Ogoli
Year Started:2001
Phone Number:847-628-1018
Office Location:HAWAC 314


 Ph.D., University of Florida
MPhil, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
B.Arch (First Honours), University of Nairobi


 David Mwale Ogoli joined Judson College in 2001 from the University of Florida where he actively participated in research and teaching of environmental technology in architecture. Prior to this, he pursued graduate studies in environmental design in the School of Architecture at the University of Cambridge in England. His academic interests were initially developed in East Africa where he taught building science at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Nairobi, Kenya. He also taught part-time at the University of Nairobi. At Judson College, he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate level themes on building control systems, namely: sustainable & energy-efficiency in buildings, passive solar & active systems, architectural lighting and architectural acoustics. Dr. Ogoli brings to his classes a wide array of global experience drawn from a long history on three continents. In summer 2006, he was part of the team that took thirty students of architecture on a sketching tour of Europe (Italy, France and UK).

He has widely published professional papers in many peer-reviewed journals on the theme of building control systems. During his studies at the University of Cambridge, he interacted with the major authorities on this subject at the Passive and Low Energy Conference held in July 1994 in Israel. They included the late Jeffrey Cook from Arizona and UCLA’s Baruch Givoni, author and developer of the building bio-climatic chart (Psychrometric chart). Dr. Ogoli interacts with leaders in this area including the renowned author and emeritus professor John Reynolds (co-author of Mechanical and Electrical Equipment for Buildings). He pursues research activities as a support to his primary responsibility of teaching.

Alongside his teaching and research activities, Dr. Ogoli engages in professional practice. He holds an active professional license as a registered architect in Kenya where there are many projects he previously designed and/or participated in. They included a wide diversity: religious, commercial, institutional and residential. He is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects, and a full member of the Society of Building Science Educators and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers.

Expertise / Involvements

Sustainability, energy-efficiency in buildings, passive solar architecture, design with climate, architectural lighting, and architectural acoustics.


 “Passive cooling strategies for an academic building in Chicago” in Proceedings of 31st National Passive Solar Conference US Green Building Council and LEED held July 8-13, 2006 in Denver, Colorado.

 “The Harm A. Weber Academic Centre and the “Greening” of Judson College” presented for the US Green Building Council, Chicago Chapter, 2005 LEED Extra Credit seminar series at the Chicago Center for Green Technology and 2005 Illinois Annual AIA Convention held in October 2005 in Rockford IL.

“Predicting indoor temperatures in closed buildings with high thermal mass” in Energy and Buildings. Energy and Buildings 35 (2003) 851-862. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Limited.

 “Building (thermal mass) in dynamic diurnal cycles” in ASHRAE Transactions at the 2003 ASHRAE Annual Meeting in August 2003 Kansas City, MO.

“Effect of green areas on air temperatures and humidity conditions around buildings in Chicago, IL” by the Solar 2003 Conference to be held June 21-26, 2003 in Austin, Texas.

“Thermal comfort temperatures in passive solar buildings in Kenya” in Proceedings of the ISES Solar World Congress 2001 in Adelaide, Australia, 25th November to 2nd December, 2001.

“Paradigm shift in building-integrated PV systems in Kenya” in Proceedings of the ISES Solar World Congress 2001 in Adelaide, Australia, 25th November to 2nd December, 2001.

 “Adaptive factors in thermal comfort” in Proceedings of FORUM 2001 in April 21-25, 2001 in Washington, DC. By American Solar Energy Society.

“Applicability of stand-alone building-integrated photovoltaic home systems in Kenya” in ASME Journal and Proceedings of FORUM 2001 by American Society of Mechanical Engineers and American Solar Energy Society in April 21-25, 2001 in Washington, DC.

“An assessment method for the performance of passive solar buildings at equatorial high altitudes” in Architecture, City and Environment: Proceedings of PLEA 2000, Cambridge, UK (July 2000) by Koen Steemers and Simos Yannas (eds) pp. 827-828. James & James (Science Publishers) Ltd.

“Grass hut at the crossroads” in The Shades of Autumn by Richard Schaub (ed). Owings Mills, MD: The International Library of Poetry. 1999.

“Climatic Impact of Solar Control and Ventilation Control on Green Architecture in Kenya” in Horizon DAT, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 54-62, July 1998. Nairobi, Kenya: ICIPE Science Press.

“Energy in African Architecture – Guidelines for Kenya” in Horizon DAT, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 52-62, June 1997. Nairobi, Kenya: ICIPE Science Press.

“Non-Domestic Buildings In Kenya: Design for passive cooling” in Proceedings of the 11th. Passive and Low Energy Architecture conference (PLEA) in Israel, July 1994.

Professional Societies or Affiliations

 Associate Member, American Institute of Architects
Member of the American Society of Heating Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Inc., Atlanta, GA. USA.
Member of the International Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE).
Associate Member of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
Member of the International Solar Energy Society ISES).
Member of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES).
Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
Member of the International ASTM (American Standards and Testing Methods)
Member of the US National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)
Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society in United Kingdom.
Member (Corporate Architect #1188) of the Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK).
Member (Registered Architect #676) of the Board of registration of Architects and Quantity Surveyors, Kenya.

Current Projects

Expected 2006/2007:Textbook for environmental technology for architects to be co-authored with doctoral mentor and Regent Professor Gary W. Siebein at the University of Florida

Recommended Links

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-conditioning Engineers http://www.ashrae.org/
American Solar Energy Society http://www.ases.org/
Society of Building Science Educators http://www.sbse.org/
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council http://www.sbicouncil.org/
US DOE Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy http://www.eere.energy.gov/
US Green Building Council http://www.usgbc.org/

*The above listed websites do not necessarily reflect the views of Judson University.

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