Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg

Dean › College of Architecture

University of Nebraska-Lincoln • 210 Architecture Hall • Lincoln NE, 68588-0106 •

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg portrait

Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg began his appointment as dean of the College of Architecture at Nebraska on January 5, 2023.

Van Den Wymelenberg came to Nebraska from the University of Oregon, where he was Julie Neupert Stott Chair in Design, associate dean for research at the College of Design, director for the School of Architecture and Environment and professor of architecture.

During the previous 20 years, Van Den Wymelenberg developed diverse and progressive administrative and management responsibilities including 18 years running research labs, centers and institutes including a large team of tenure- and non-tenure related faculty, officers of administration, postdocs and students from multiple academic departments. He served as interim department head for the Department of Architecture and Interior Architecture during the reorganization of the College of Design and School of Architecture and Environment.

Van Den Wymelenberg’s research and creative practice seeks to facilitate integration among a broad network of researchers and practitioners on issues concerning health, comfort, and sustainability in the human ecosystem to support human, community and planetary health. Since 2004, he has secured more than $40 million in research funding related to healthy buildings, indoor environmental quality, and energy efficiency from organizations such as the United States Economic Development Administration, National Science Foundation, United States Environmental Protection Agency, United States Department of Energy, United States Department of Agriculture, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Business Oregon, the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Nike, Microsoft, Siemens, Thermo Fisher Scientific and several other private companies. He has published three books and over 100 peer-reviewed articles, and he has made nearly 300 invited lectures.

He founded and directed the Institute for Health in the Built Environment, directed the Biology and the Built Environment Center and directed the Energy Studies in Buildings Laboratory in the cities of Portland and Eugene. Prior to Oregon, he was a professor at the University of Idaho in Boise, where he founded the Integrated Design Lab.

Van Den Wymelenberg holds a Bachelor of Science in architectural studies with a minor in art history and a certificate in urban planning from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his Master of Architecture and doctorate in built environments from the University of Washington.

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