Dr. Brager, Professor of Architecture and Associate Director of the Center for the Built Environment, is a mechanical engineer interested in the effects of indoor environmental quality (thermal, lighting, acoustics, and air quality) on occupant experience. She is also interested in the energy performance of buildings, and how human perception and behavior can play a role in both buildings design and operation to improve energy use and also create a positive environment for people. Some of her main areas of focus include thermal comfort and adaptation in naturally ventilated buildings, task/ambient conditioning systems and personal control, and climate-responsive building design.  She is also currently working on a large collaborative project studying the performance of commercial buildings in India.

She received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a B.S. in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering from UC Santa Barbara. Prof. Brager is on the Editorial Board of Building Research & Information, and also served as the Founding Chair of the US Green Building Council’s Research Committee, and on several committees of ASHRAE.