Carnegie Mellon University

Khee Poh Lam

Khee Poh Lam (A 1994)

Professor, Architecture

  • MMCH 415
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Professor Lam is an educator, researcher, architect and consultant who specializes in life-cycle building information modeling and computational design support systems for total building performance analysis and building diagnostics. He teaches architectural design (with a focus on systems integration), building energy modeling, building controls and diagnostics as well as acoustics and lighting. Lam has completed many major funded research projects, including Integrated Concurrent Design of High Efficiency Commercial Buildings, Digital Building Models for Internet Collaborative Design Computing, Industry Building Product Model for Thermal Simulation, Mapping of Sky Luminance Distribution and Computational Prediction of Daylighting Performance, Energy and Airflow Modelling Tools Assessment for Early Design Phase, Modelling the Performance of Energy Recovery Technology for Packaged Rooftop HVAC Equipment, Guidelines and Goals for Green and Healthy Hospital Operations, as well as Architectural and Technical Standards and Guidelines for the Design and Maintenance of Marine Mammal Facilities.

Khee Poh Lam's work has been widely published, and he serves as a member of the inaugural Editorial Boards of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation, (Taylor and Francis, UK), and Building Simulation: An International Journal (Springer and Tsinghua University Press). He is currently Carnegie Mellon’s Project Director in the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation [CBEI], (formerly known as the Energy Efficient Buildings Hub and the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster [GPIC] for Energy-Efficient Buildings, a U.S. DOE Energy Innovation Hub which received $129 million from the Federal Government's Energy Regional Innovation Cluster [E-RIC] Initiative). Professor Lam is a member of the Energy Foundation Board of Directors. He is actively working specifically with their China Sustainable Energy Program on a range of activities including green building codes and standards, education and training, as well as sustainable design demonstration projects in China. He is also a Board member of the Global Buildings Performance Network (GBPN), a globally organized and regionally focused organization whose mission is to provide policy expertise and technical assistance to advance building energy performance and realize sustainable built environments for all. He is a building performance consultant for several major award winning projects in the private and public sectors in Singapore, China and the USA.  He is currently Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, China and the National University of Singapore.


  • Ph.D. (Architecture) Carnegie Mellon University, USA. 1994
  • Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) University of Nottingham, UK 1982
  • B.A. (Architecture & Environmental Design)(Hons), University of Nottingham, UK. 1979
  • Registered Architect, Architects Registration Board, UK. 1984 Chartered Member, Royal Institute of British Architects, UK. 1984


Lam's fields of research are in total building performance (TBP) studies and the development of computational design support systems.