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Giorgia Chinazzo

Assistant Professor of Instruction

Director of the Architectural Engineering and Design Program


2145 Sheridan Road
Tech A320
Evanston, IL 60208-3109

847-467-3627Email Giorgia Chinazzo


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Ph.D. in Building Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

M.Sc. in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (Double Degree from Alta Scuola Politecnica)

M.Sc. & B.Sc. in Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino


Dr. Chinazzo obtained her Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, studying the effects on human responses of the interactions between visual and thermal stimuli in buildings. She earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Building Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino. She also obtained a double M.Sc. degree in Building Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, by following an ad-hoc program focused on innovation to which she was admitted based on her academic merits, the "Alta Scuola Politecnica" (ASP). During her studies, Dr. Chinazzo was a visiting student at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and a visiting Ph.D. student at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) at the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy (ICIEE). Giorgia obtained her qualification as a Professional Engineer from the Italian Order of Engineers in 2017, and she serves as a consultant for practitioners. She also has a strong interest in entrepreneurship with experience developing and growing innovative technological businesses.

Before teaching at Northwestern, she spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher at EPFL and Northwestern, expanding her research on sustainable building design and control via human-centric investigations. Dr. Chinazzo joined the Northwestern faculty in 2021.

Research Interests

Dr. Chinazzo's expertise lies at the intersection of building science, social science, and data science. Her research aims to improve people's well-being, health, and performance in the built environment through the conceptual development, investigation, and application of new technologies, tools, and frameworks. Her vision is to develop human-centric buildings to foster human needs with reduced use of energy.

Expertise: daylighting, human comfort, healthy buildings, human well-being, human performance and productivity, human-centric building design and control, energy-efficient design, building sustainability.

Courses Taught

  • Building Science: Fundamentals and Applications for Sustainable Buildings – Part 1
  • Building Science: Fundamentals and Applications for Sustainable Buildings – Part 2
  • Professional Development Seminar

Significant Professional Service

  • Guest Editor, Frontiers in Built Environment, 2020-2021
  • Activity leader, Subtask 1 Annex 79 (IEA-EBC) – Multi-aspect environmental exposure, building interfaces, and human behavior, 2019-present
  • Reviewer for 10+ international scientific journals in the fields of energy, lighting and daylighting, and building science, 2017-present

Selected Publications

  • Ko, Won Hee; Schiavon, Stefano; Altomonte, Sergio; Andersen, Marilyne; Batool, Ayesha; Browning, William; Burrell, Galen; Chamilothori, Kynthia; Chan, Ying Chieh; Chinazzo, Giorgia; Christoffersen, Jens; Clanton, Nancy; Connock, Christopher; Dogan, Timur; Faircloth, Billie; Fernandes, Luís; Heschong, Lisa; Houser, Kevin W.; Inanici, Mehlika; Jakubiec, Alstan; Joseph, Anjali; Karmann, Caroline; Kent, Michael; Konis, Kyle; Konstantzos, Iason; Lagios, Kera; Lam, Linda; Lam, Florence; Lee, Eleanor; Levitt, Brendon; Li, Wenting; MacNaughton, Piers; Ardakan, Ahoo Malekafzali; Mardaljevic, John; Matusiak, Barbara; Osterhaus, Werner; Petersen, Steffen; Piccone, Matt; Pierson, Clotilde; Protzman, Brent; Rakha, Tarek; Reinhart, Christoph; Rockcastle, Siobhan; Samuelson, Holly; Santos, Luis; Sawyer, Azadeh; Selkowitz, Stephen; Sok, Eloïse; Strømann-Andersen, Jakob; Sullivan, William C.; Turan, Irmak; Unnikrishnan, Gayathri; Vicent, Will; Weissman, Dan; Wienold, Jan, Window View Quality, LEUKOS - Journal of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (2022).
  • Salamone, Francesco; Chinazzo, Giorgia; Danza, Ludovico; Miller, Clayton; Sibilio, Sergio; Masullo, Massimiliano, Low-Cost Thermohygrometers to Assess Thermal Comfort in the Built Environment, Buildings (2022).
  • Salamone, Francesco; Chinazzo, Giorgia; Miller, Clayton; Sibilio, Sergio; Masullo, Massimiliano, Editorial, Frontiers in Built Environment (2022).
  • Bellazzi, Alice; Bellia, Laura; Chinazzo, Giorgia; Corbisiero, Federica; D'Agostino, Pierpaolo; Devitofrancesco, Anna; Fragliasso, Francesca; Ghellere, Matteo; Megale, Valentino; Salamone, Francesco, Virtual reality for assessing visual quality and lighting perception, Building and Environment (2022).
  • Chinazzo, Giorgia, Investigating the indoor environmental quality of different workplaces through web-scraping and text-mining of Glassdoor reviews, Building Research and Information 49(6):695-713 (2021).
  • Chinazzo, Giorgia; Wienold, Jan; Andersen, Marilyne, Effect of Indoor Temperature and Glazing with Saturated Color on Visual Perception of Daylight, LEUKOS - Journal of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America 17(2):183-204 (2021).
  • Chinazzo, Giorgia, Geographical distribution of the sources of IEQ complaints, Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2021).
  • Webler, Forrest Simon; Chinazzo, Giorgia; Andersen, Marilyne, Towards a wearable sensor for spectrally-resolved personal light monitoring, Journal of Physics: Conference Series (2021).