Wendy Meguro, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Wendy Meguro is a licensed architect and associate professor, whose teaching and research focus on high-performance and carbon neutral architecture, grounded in building science and professional practice experience. With a joint appointment in architecture and Sea Grant’s Coastal Sustainability and Resilience Team (CReST), she also studies enabling coastal communities to adapt to sea level rise.

Students learn from her experience as an associate and environmental designer at Atelier Ten, consulting architecture design and construction teams on energy efficiency, water conservation and reuse, daylighting, visual and thermal comfort, material selection, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and LEED certification.

The UH Board of Regents awarded Wendy one of six 2021 Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching for exhibiting an extraordinary level of subject mastery and scholarship, teaching effectiveness and creativity, and personal values that benefit students.

She directs the Environmental Research and Design Laboratory and the Sea Grant Center for Smart Buildings and Community Design where students gain experience in applied research.

Research & Creative Work

Areas of Interest
  • Designing high performance buildings to reduce fossil fuel use
  • Using building performance simulation (eg., energy, daylight) to inform design
  • Estimating impact of climate change on future building energy use and thermal comfort
  • Adapting existing coastal communities to flooding
  • Reducing coastal erosion and flooding with living shorelines
Professional Experience

Atelier Ten, 2005-2013
Parsons the New School, 2008-2012
KYA, 2016-present
Walters, Kimura, Motoda, 2001-2003
Dinmore & Cisco Architects, 2000-2001


Licensed Architect in Hawai‘i

Selected Publications

Selected buildings for which I provided environmental design services while at Atelier Ten:

  • The Green Center at Columbia University by Renzo Piano Building Workshop is published in the New York Times and Architectural Record.
  • The Croton Water Treatment Plant by Grimshaw Architects is covered in Architectural Record
  • The Federal Building by Krueck+Sexton Architects is featured in Architect.
  • Rising Currents is an exhibition and book at the Museum of Modern Art with a review in the New York Times.
  • Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine by Weiss Manfredi is featured in Architect.

Selected academic papers, posters, and technical reports

Meguro, W., and E.J. Glassman. “Evaluating Energy Targets and Efficiency Measures in Multifamily Subtropical Buildings through Automated Simulation”, Technology Architecture + Design. April 2021.

Meguro, W., Peppard, E., Meder, S., Maskrey, J., Josephson, R. “Going Beyond Code: Monitoring Disaggregated Energy and Modeling Detached Houses in Hawai‘i,” Buildings 2020, 10(7), 120.

Meguro, W., Paradis, C. “Student Learning Through Monitoring Existing Buildings’ Energy Use and Occupant Comfort,” Architecture Research Consortium Conference, p 449-458. August 2019.

Meguro, W., Zapka, M., Peppard, E. “Methods to Monitor and Simulate Existing Residences” Building Technology Educators Society, July 2019.

Meguro, W. “Waipahu Transit Oriented Development Flood Mitigation Measures.” Prepared for the State of Hawaii Office of Planning. August 2019.

Meguro, W. “A Primer on Coastal Transportation System Resilience and Adaptation to Sea Level Rise on Oahu Using Living Shorelines and Green Infrastructure.” Prepared for the Department of Transportation Pacific Southwest Region University Transportation Center. December 2018.

Meder, S., Meguro, W., Zapka, M., Peppard, E. “Improved Energy Efficiency, Thermal Comfort, and Net-Zero Potential in Monitored and Simulated Homes.” Prepared for the Department of Hawaiian Homelands. July 2019.

Meguro, Wendy. “Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in the Built Environment,” University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Outreach College Sakamaki Extraordinary Lecture Series, July 2016.

Meguro, W. “Coastal Risk Management Considerations and Sustainable Building Criteria.” Prepared to guide three professional design teams on the Hawaii Presidential Center Bid. 2014.