Ming Hu, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP has been promoted with tenure to associate professor of architecture by the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. With nearly two decades of experience in practice, leadership and academia, Hu brings extensive expertise in materials intervention, structures and net-zero design to forge the future of sustainable building strategies. Her teaching and research centers on high-performance design and lifecycle assessment at the intersection of energy, human health and environmental impact.
A 2020-21 U.S. Fulbright grantee, Hu is currently investigating net zero renovation strategies in Europe’s Nordic Region as part of the Fulbright Finland Foundation. She is the author of Net Zero Building: Predicted and Unintended Consequences and Smart Technologies and Design for Healthy Environments, and has authored over 30 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceeding papers. Her research with Professor Madlen Simon as part of the Brain, Architecture and Virtual Reality (BRAVR) Lab explores human health benefits of green building design, using Virtual Reality and electroencephalogram (EEG) brain imaging to assess human cognitive activity in different building environments.
Hu’s work was selected as part of the Sustainability Exhibit at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change (COP23) and she has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, University of Maryland Sustainability Fund, The Rockefeller Foundation, The American Institute of Architects and others. She is a recipient of the 2019 AIAS/ASCA New Faculty Teaching Award and of the 2018- 2019 Rockefeller Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency.
Hu joined the University of Maryland as an assistant professor in 2016. She holds Master of Architecture degrees from both the University of Notre Dame and Tsinghua University.