Runa T. Hellwig

Professor, PD (Privatdozent), Habilitation degree, Dr.-Ing. (Doctorate), Architecture, user experience, Post-occupancy evaluation, thermal comfort, Dipl.-Ing. Thesis: Life cycle assessment of pre-fabricated houses

  • Rendsburggade 14, 6-318A

    9000 Aalborg


1995 …2022

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Research profile

Runa T. Hellwig, Dr., is full professor at Aalborg University, Denmark. Runa does research on how people perceive and interact with architectural environments, the transdisciplinary field of human building interaction. By understanding human building interaction, architectural environments can be designed, improved and operated following a human-centred approach addressing at the same time challenges as e.g. overheating in buildings, energy-efficiency or resilience of the built environment. During 25 years of career she has been involved in about 50 applied research projects and services for the building and aviation industry and public authorities. Her research approaches comprise experimental work in laboratories, indoors and under real weather, monitoring as well as post-occupancy surveys. She is appointed member of the Committee of Workplaces consulting the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Her climatic background is humid continental and oceanic climate. She lived also in an equatorial tropical climate.

Teaching profile

Students who are interested to do their PhD thesis or Master's thesis project with me are most welcome to contact me. I offer a variety of topics covered by the following keywords:

- Human Building Interaction
- Personal control over the indoor climate
- Occupant perception and behaviour
- Indoor Climate, Thermal Comfort

- Climate responsive buildings, bioclimatic architecture, passive building technologies
- Building Energy efficiency

- Sustainable strategies in the built environment, especially sufficiency strategies and energy efficiency
- Climate change adaptation and mitigation
- Aspects of occupational health and safety

You may be interested in the following methodologies

- post-occupancy evaluation, working with people
- experimental measurements in testing set-ups
- field measurements and surveys


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Architecture - Building Climatology, PD (Privatdozent, Habilitation), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Sep 2015

Award Date: 24 Sep 2015

Didactic Qualification Programme, Certificate “Hochschullehre Bayern“ (University Teaching Bavaria)

Award Date: 6 May 2013

Architecture - Thermal Comfort, Dr.-Ing. (Doctorate), Technical University of Munich

Nov 2005

Award Date: 2 Nov 2005

Civil Engineering (Integrated Design, Building Physics), Dipl.-Ing. degree (Master's), University of Stuttgart

Jul 1995

External positions

Member of the Committee of Workplaces (ASTA) of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


Visiting Professor, University of Sydney

1 Aug 201816 Sep 2018

Professor of Buildings Physics and Indoor Climate, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

Apr 2016Sep 2018

Associate Professor, School of Design and Environment, Department of Building, National University of Singapore

Sep 2014Mar 2016

Cluster Director Solar and Energy Efficient Buildings, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore

Sep 2014Mar 2016

Professor of Buildings Physics and Indoor Climate, Augsburg University of Applied Sciences

Oct 2009Aug 2014

Group Head Indoor Climate, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics

Sep 2006Sep 2009

Research Scientist (Senior), Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics

Nov 2005Aug 2006

Research Scientist, Unit Indoor Climatology, Jena University Hospital, Jena, Germany.

Mar 2004Mar 2006

Research Scientist/ Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Chair for Building Climatology and Building Services, Technical University of Munich

Nov 2002Feb 2005

Research Scientist/ Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, Chair for Building Services, University of Kassel

Nov 1999Oct 2002

Visiting Scientist, Dep. of Building Technology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Feb 1998Jul 1998

Research Scientist, Departyment of Heat Technology, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics

Aug 1995Oct 1999


  • Architecture and Spatial Planning
  • Integrated Architectural Design
  • Human Building Interaction
  • Personal Control
  • Indoor environment
  • Affordances
  • User Experience
  • Adaptive opportunities
  • Climate responsive design
  • Perceived control
  • Sustainable architecture


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