Research Assistant Professor


Kevin LAU Ka-Lun


PhD in Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


Research Interests:
- Effect of urban morphology and vegetation on urban climate and their implications on urban planning and design
- Dynamic (transient) thermal comfort in urban outdoor environment
- Spatial modelling of outdoor heat stress within complex urban environment - Relationship between the built environment and elderly health and well-being

Selected Research Projects:

  • Outdoor Thermal Comfort in High-density Urban Areas of Subtropical Cities - A Pilot Study in Hong Kong by using Numerical Modelling of Three-dimensional Radiant Fluxes and Mean Radiant Temperature. (Direct Grant, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Understanding Urban Transient Human Comfort for More Pedestrian Friendly Design of Urban Spaces in the Summer Months of High Density Tropical Cities (General Research Fund, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong; Project Code: 14629516)
  • A Study of "Local Climate Zone (LCZ)" of Sub-tropical China's Pearl River Delta (PRD) region by using The World Urban Database and Access Portal Tools (WUDAPT) Method for better Comfortable Living and Sustainable Urban Planning (General Research Fund, Research Grant Council, Hong Kong; Project Code: 14643816)
  • Towards a More Age-friendly Urban Planning and Design for Active Ageing (Taiwan Collaboration Fund, The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Project MApUCE (applied Modeling and urbAn Planning laws: Urban Climate and Energy) (French National Agency of Research - ANR Research Fund)

Selected Publications:

  • Wang D, Lau KKL, Yu RHY, Wong SYS, Kwok TCY, Woo J, 2016. Neighbouring green space and all-cause mortality in elderly people in Hong Kong: a retrospective cohort study. The Lancet 388: S82. Available at:
  • Gong FY, Lau KL, Ng YY, 2016. Exploring association between neighbourhood green space and physical activity of elderly in high density cities: A case study of Hong Kong. Passive & Low Energy Architecture Conference 2016 (PLEA2016), 11-13 July 2016, Los Angeles, USA.
  • Lau KKL, Ng EYY, Chan PW, Ho JCK, 2016. Near-extreme summer meteorological data set for sub-tropical climates. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, in press, DOI: 10.1177/0143624416675390.
  • Shi Y, Lau KKL, Ng E, 2016. Developing street-level PM2.5 and PM10 land use regression models in high-density Hong Kong with urban morphological factors. Environmental Science and Technology 50(15): 8178–8187.
  • Lau KKL, Ren C, Ho J, Ng E, 2016. Numerical modelling of mean radiant temperature in high-density sub-tropical urban environment. Energy and Buildings 114: 80–86.
  • Zheng T, Lau KKL, Ng E, 2016. Urban tree design approaches for mitigating daytime urban heat island effects in a high-density urban environment. Energy and Buildings 114: 265–274.
  • Lindberg F, Thorsson S, Rayner R, Lau K, 2016. The impact of urban planning strategies on heat stress in a climate-change perspective. Sustainable Cities and Society 25: 1–12.
  • Lau KKL, Lindberg F, Rayner D, Thorsson S, 2015. The effect of urban geometry on mean radiant temperature under future climate change: A study of three European cities. International Journal of Biometeorology 59(7): 799–814.
  • Lau KL, Ng E, 2013. An investigation of urbanization effect on urban and rural Hong Kong using a 40-year extended temperature record. Landscape and Urban Planning 114:42–52.
  • Lau KL, Ng E, He JZ, 2012. Preferred solar access in high-density sub-tropical living environment. Lighting Research and Technology 45(3): 317–330.
  • Ren C, Lau KL, Yiu KP, Ng E, 2012. Application of urban climatic mapping into the urban planning of high-density cities: the case of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Cities 31:1–16.
  • Lau KL, Ng E, He JZ, 2011. Residents’ preference of solar access in high-density sub-tropical cities. Solar Energy 85: 1878–1890.