There are no established methods for estimating the allowable occupancy of BC’s workplaces under current emergency policy (i.e., limiting physical interactions to 60% of pre-COVID-19 levels). History tells us that recent ad-hoc building-scale responses to occupancy management and distancing may have long-term cultural impacts. A novel human-centered solution is urgently needed for a workable reopening of the economy. This project will integrate four research areas seldom, if ever, considered together: 1) agent-based modelling of occupants, 2) bioaerosol mitigation in buildings, 3) the sociocultural history of architectural responses to pandemics, and 4) the design of physical distancing measures. With over 15 stakeholders, including the BCCDC, this project will produce safe and resilient measures for physical distancing, air quality, and occupancy forecasting that will be implemented at UBC.
Dr. Adam Rysanek is Assistant Professor of Environmental Systems at the UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA). He is an expert in green building design, construction and operation, with over 10 years of experience engaging with high-performance building projects in Canada, Europe, and Asia. At SALA, Dr. Rysanek’s research specialisations include the study of parametric tools (I.e., Rhino/Grasshopper) for performative building design, the application of emerging technologies for design optimisation and performance evaluation (particularly augmented reality and machine learning), the evaluation of building performance using Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors and data analytics, and the study of future trends in community-scale energy systems – such as building-integrated transportation energy systems (BITES).
Dr. Rysanek holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and a BASc and MScE from Queen’s University. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Rysanek led research out of the ETH Zurich Institute of Technology in Architecture, the ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, and the Energy Efficient Cities Initiative at the University of Cambridge.