A/PROF Masa Noguchi

A/PROF Masa Noguchi


  • Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH) Sustainable Design and Community Developments (Environmental experience design, value analysis, mass customisation, mass personalisation, plug-in housing prefabrication)



  • Dr Masa Noguchi is an Associate Professor in Environmental Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne, specialising in environmental experience design research. He is a Chartered Engineer, Environmentalist, and Technological Product Designer registered respectively with the Engineering Council, Society for the Environment, and the Institution of Engineering Designers in the UK. In 2002, he also became a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and today he serves as a Certified Passive House Designer registered with the Passive House Institute in Germany. Dr Noguchi is the founding coordinator of ZEMCH Network (www.zemch.org) which consists of over 685 partners from nearly 40 countries and initiated a number of industry-academia knowledge transfer events. ZEMCH international conferences (from 2012), ZEMCH engineering design workshops (from 2014), and ZEMCH technical missions (from 2006) are amongst the events being organised by ZEMCH Network today in partnership with the regional experts centres based currently in Brazil, Italy, UAE and UK. At the Melbourne School of Design, he leads ZEMCH (Zero Energy Mass Custom Home) design courses, i.e. "Travelling Studio" and "Design Thesis Studio", within the graduate program. Before coming to Melbourne, he was a Reader at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, The Glasgow School of Art affiliated with the University of Glasgow, where he established a ZEMCH pathway within the Master of Architectural Studies program. His research is based on ZEMCH engineering design and socially, economically and environmentally sustainable housing community developments in developed and developing countries. Inventing a "mass custom design" system approach to sustainable housing, he developed a digitalised interactive mass custom design communication tool, which was demonstrated in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon's Canadian house 2005. In 2006, he designed Canada's first net    


Member of

  • Institution of Engineering Designers. Chartered Technological Product Designer (CTPD) 2015 -
  • Engineering Council. Chartered Engineer (CEng) 2013 -
  • Institution of Engineering Designers. Member 2013 -
  • Passive House Institute. Certified Passive House Designer 2013 -
  • Society for the Environment. Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) 2013 -
  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Member 2002 -
  • Building Research Establishment. Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor (BRE Scheme) 2009 - 2014
  • Building Research Establishment. BREEAM Ecohomes Assessor (BRE Scheme) 2008 - 2014
  • National Energy Services. On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor (OCDEA: NHER Scheme) 2010 - 2012


Selected publications


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Additional Grant Information

  • 2014 ABP Research Project Seeding Grant, UK (with Robert Crawford, Principal Investigator, and Chris Jensen, 5,000AUD)

    2013 Principal Investigator (PI): Scottish Founding Council (SFC) Innovation Voucher Scheme, UK (with CSK Architects Ltd., 5,000GBP)

    2012 PI: SFC Innovation Voucher Scheme, UK (with Hutcheon Services Ltd., 5,000GBP)

    2011 PI: CIC Start Online Feasibility Study Grant, UK (with Renewable Devices Ltd., 5,000GBP)

    2011 PI: CIC Start Online Feasibility Study Grant, UK (with Sigma EPD Ltd., 5,000GBP)

    2011 PI: SFC Innovation Voucher Scheme, UK (with NRGStyle Ltd., 5,000GBP)

    2011 PI: CIC Start Online Feasibility Study Grant, UK (with Fairfield Housing Co-operative and Prof. Tariq Muneer, Edinburgh Napier University, 5,000GBP)

    2011 PI: CIC Start Online Feasibility Study Grant, UK (with Powerwall Space Frame Systems Ltd., 5,000GBP)

    2011 PI: CIC Start Online Feasibility Study Grant, UK (with NRGStyle Ltd. and Dr Hasim Altan, The University of Sheffield, 5,000GBP)

    2011 PI: Glasgow School of Art (GSA) Research Development Fund ‘Strategic’ Category, UK (12,000GBP)

    2011 PI: GSA Research Development Fund ‘individual’ Category, UK (2,500GBP)

    2010 JSPS Grant in Aid for Scientific Research, Principle Investigators: Prof. Mitsuhiro Udagawa, Prof. Tasuo Nobe, Prof. Yusuke Nakajima, Kogakuin University (c158,000GBP)

    2010 PI: GSA Research Development Fund ‘individual’ Category, UK (905GBP)

    2010 PI: SFC Innovation Voucher Scheme, UK (with Robert Ryan Homes, 5,000GBP)

    2010 PI: CIC Start Online Feasibility Study Grant, UK (with Tenants First Housing Co-operative and Dr Tom Grassie, Edinburgh Napier University, 5,000GBP)

    2009 PI: Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation Grant, UK (2,000GBP)

    2009 PI: Knowledge Transfer Partners   


Education and training

  • PGCert, University of the Arts London 2008
  • PhD, McGill University 2004
  • MArch, McGill University 2000
  • BEng, Kogakuin University 1998

Awards and honors

  • MSD Teaching and Learning Award for Innovative Teaching, Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Scottish Crucible 2010, Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2010
  • Team Award, CANMET Energy Technology Centre-Varennes, Natural Resources Canada, 2006
  • Government of Canada Awards, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, 1999



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • ZEMCH Environmental Experience Design and Plug-in Prefabricated Housing Research and Development