John Onyango

Associate Professor, Dean's Offc-School of Architecture

Associate Professor, Dean's Offc-School of Architecture
307 Walsh Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-2221


John Odhiambo Onyango, Ph.D. is an academic, scholar and is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame (USA). He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architecture from the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK); a Master of Architecture degree from University of Notre Dame, (USA); Certificate in Professional Practice & Management in Architecture (RIBA Part 3-Architect's License in the United Kingdom) from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, (England, UK) and a Bachelor of Architecture (honors) degree from University of Nairobi (Kenya).

John’s research primarily focuses on Sustainability in the broad sense that takes holistic approaches to the creative practices at the building and urban design levels that is both interdisciplinary as well as multidisciplinary in collaboration with other colleagues in the allied fields such as engineering, sociology, healthcare, and IT communications. The CIB working paper for “W108: Climate Change and the Built Environment” suggested future research should focus on two main hazards: floods and heat waves. These two areas continue to be active research areas. He has participated in over 9 research projects worldwide and since 2012 secured over $405k in competitive research grants equivalent to $101.3k annually between 2012 and 2016.

Research Interests

  • Understanding Energy Use in Traditional Buildings using Simulation and Biomimetic Epidemiology
  • Built Environment and Aging & Wellbeing