Ming Hu

Ming Hu

Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work


Curriculum Vitae

Ming Hu, PhD, is associate dean for research, scholarship, and creative work, an associate professor at the School of Architecture, and affiliated faculty at the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Her research activities center on how to decarbonize the built environment through net zero impact and healthy building design, and to understand how the (smart) technologies might be employed to reduce the impact from built environment to ecosystem.

Hu has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers and conference proceeding papers. Her works have been selected as part of the Sustainability Exhibit at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change (COP23). Among her authored and coauthored papers, she has contributed articles to Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, Sustainable Cities and Societies and the Science Advance. She is author of the book “Net Zero Building: Predicted and Unintended Consequences” published by Routledge in 2019. “Smart Technologies and Design for Healthy Built Environments. by Springer in 2020, and “Green Building Costs: The Affordability of Sustainable Design published by Routledge in 2023.

Hu serves on the national board of Architectural Research Centers Consortium (ARCC). She has been awarded research grants from the National Science Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, The American Institute of Architects, and others.

She is the recipient of 2019 AIAS/ASCA New Faculty Teaching Award, 2019-2020 Rockefeller Bellagio Center Academic Writing Residency, and a 2020-2021 Fulbright Finland Core Scholar. She is currently serves as the editor for Journal of Green Building and Journal of Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy.

Prior to joining Notre Dame, Hu was an associate professor at the University of Maryland (2016-2023), practiced full time as an architect (2003-2014), was assistant professor at Rochester Institute of Technology (2014-2015), and served as the director of academic engagement at The American Institute of Architects National Headquarter (2015-2016). She was a project designer and a project architect working on international high-profile projects with HOK from the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. 

Her background includes training in the architectural discipline and years of practice across disciplines, which gives her a unique perspective and ability to weave these fields together in her research.

Areas of Expertise

  • Architectural Technology/Building Technology
  • Civic Design
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Research methodology
  • Residential Design
  • Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism

Recently Taught Courses

ARCH 43611 Carbon Neutral Development

Select Publications

Green Building Costs: The Affordability of Sustainable Design. Routledge, August 2023.
Smart Technologies and Design for Healthy Built Environments. Springer, September 2020.
Net Zero Building: Predicted and Unintended Consequences. Routledge. April 2019.


Upcoming book, "Green Building Costs:The Affordability of Sustainable Design"

Journal paper: Strategies and Techniques of Life Cycle–Embodied Carbon Reduction from the Building and Construction Sector: A Review 

Journal paper: "Inequalities in urban greenness and epigenetic aging: Different associations by race and neighborhood socioeconomic status

New grant/ project with Notre Dame: Housing - Health Equity Nexus: Better Housing as Health Risk Mediator (HOUSE4HEALTH)

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