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Forrest Meggers
Forrest Meggers

Assistant Professor of School of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Dr. sc. ETH Zurich, Dept. of Architecture, Inst. for Technology in Architecture, Building Systems
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Iowa
B.S.E., Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa

Room: S03 Architecture Building
Phone: 609-258-7831

Webpage: Cooling and Heating for Architecturally Optimized Systems (C.H.A.O.S.)

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Associated Faculty, Princeton Environmental Institute


  • ARC573 Proseminar - Computation, Energy and Technology in Architecture (Fall 2017)
  • HUM595: What is a material? (Fall 2017)


Research Interests

  • Building systems thinking - linking operation of energy systems and building operation to architectural processes to facilitate more informed design (3 for 2 project, BubbleZERO, IEA EBC Annex 64)
  • Radiant heating and cooling systems - Activating surfaces and geometries to add/remove heat from spaces through more effective/comfortable radiant heat transfer (Beyond Shading, Thermoheliodome, Radiant Umbrella)
  • Geothermal and heat source/sink optimization - Leveraging thermal gradients in ground and other phenomena to drastically reduce the effort needed to shift heat in and out of buildings (IEA EBC Annex 64, Campus as a Lab)
  • Low exergy air conditioning - Designing and studying air systems that minimize temperature gradients and exergy (utilizable energy) needed to condition air, particularly for dehumidification (Desiccant systems, Campus as a Lab)

Updated: December 8, 2017