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Dr. Minhyun Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building and Real Estate (BRE) at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She received her doctoral degree in Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea in 2018, specialized in smart and sustainable building management. She received her master’s degree in Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University in 2014 and bachelor’s degree in Architecture at Yonsei University in 2012. Prior to joining the BRE as an Assistant Professor, she was a visiting scholar in Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) as well as a research professor in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University. She also served as a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University in 2018.

Dr. Lee studies and investigates technological, economic, environmental, social, and behavioral aspects in the built environment for smart and sustainable buildings, communities, and cities. Under this goal, her major research interests include modeling diffusion of clean energy technologies and energy saving behaviors, understanding various human responses to different built environments, and improving building and renewable energy policy. To achieve this, she utilizes and integrates various research approaches such as data analytics, computer simulation, VR experiment, and IoT sensing.

Research interests

  • Smart and Sustainable Building Management
  • Building Energy Management
  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Adoption in Buildings and Cities
  • Building and Renewable Energy Policy
  • Diffusion of Clean Energy Technologies and Energy Saving Behaviors
  • Agent-Based Modeling (ABM) of Human Behavior
  • Virtual Reality (VR) Application in the Built Environment


  • Information and Data Analysis
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Construction Engineering Management
  • Project Appraisal

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor of Architecture, Yonsei University

Master of Science in Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University

Doctor of Philosophy in Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University


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