Director of the Graduate Program in Building Science
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., DIP ARCH, LEED AP.
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Mark Gorgolewski currently lectures and researches on issues of sustainability, design and building science at Ryerson University. He was the founding director of the graduate programme in the building science of sustainable design. He has received many grants from public and private institutions to investigate issues of sustainable construction. Over 20 years he has published over 60 refereed papers and 9 books, and has managed over $1.5m in research funds.
Mark’s interest is in the area of closed-loop systems applied to the built environment. This includes strategies to enhance the sustainability performance of construction materials, building products, buildings as well as urban environments. His work addresses the integration of energy, water, materials and urban food systems
Currently areas of research include building performance assessment, sustainable housing, reuse of components and materials, and design for urban agriculture. His most recent publication with co-authors June Komisar and Joe Nasr is Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture. He has coordinated several winning teams in sustainable design competitions including the CMHC Equilibrium Housing Competition to design a sustainable, net zero energy housing development, and was co-curator for the Carrot City exhibition in Toronto, New York, Paris and elsewhere.
Mark is also co-recipient of the 2007-2008 ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award, the recipient of the 2012 H.A. Krentz Research Award from the CISC.
Mark completed his undergraduate degree and Diploma in Architecture at University College, London, a M.Sc. in energy efficient design at Cranfield University, and a Ph.D. about Energy Efficient Housing at Oxford Brookes University in 1995. He is a registered architect in the UK and has worked for many years as an architect, researcher and environmental consultant to the construction industry and has published several books and many articles and papers on issues of sustainable construction. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, past director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). He has held many other, similar roles included Chair of the Association for Environment Conscious Building in the UK.
Selected recent publications
Recently published refereed journal articles
Gorgolewski, M.T., Urban Salvation Alternatives Journal, 36:4, 2010.
Ng, K. L. R., Gurunlian, L., Gorgolewski, M. & Liao, Z. Design of a low-energy envelope system for an apartment building through an integrated design process: a case study, Journal of Green Building Volume 6, Issue 3, 2011.
Roos, R., & Gorgolewski, M.T., The Effectiveness of BOMA BESt and LEED Canada EB:O&M in Greening Commercial Buildings, Journal of Green Building Volume 6, Issue 3, 2011.
Rana Qasass, Dr Mark Gorgolewski & Dr Hua Ge, Timber framing factor in Toronto residential house construction , Architectural Science review, January 2014.
Gorgolewski, M.T., Komisar, J. & Nasr, J, C, Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture, Monacelli Press, NY, 2011
Selected recent refereed conference papers
Ringo Ka Long Ng, Zaiyi Liao, Mark Gorgolewski, Leonard Gurunlian, Low-energy envelope systems for an apartment building in cold climate, The 6th IBPSA Canada, Winnipeg,19 May 2010
Pinto, Ivan Gorgolewski, Mark, & Straka, Vera, Life cycle assessment of Canadian steel building design and case studies comparison limitations , Sustainable Buildings 11 conference, Helsinki, Finland, October 2011.
Gorgolewski, Mark, Carrot City: The Impact Of Food Security On The Design Of Cities And Buildings, Sustainable Buildings 11 conference, Helsinki, Finland, October 2011.
Roos, Rick, & Gorgolewski, Mark, Multi-Criteria Assessment of High Performance Residential Building Envelope Typologies in Canada, Sustainable Buildings 11 conference, Helsinki, Finland, October 2011.
Ergun, Deniz, & Gorogolewski, Mark, Quantification and Characterization of Materials Suitable for Reuse in Toronto’s Wartime Housing, R+R 2013 Reclaim and Remake International Symposium, Washington, DC. 11-13 April 2013.
Earle, Joseph, Hao, Jane, and Gorgolewski, Mark, Markets for used building materials in Ontario, R+R 2013 Reclaim and Remake International Symposium, Washington, DC. 11-13 April 2013
Gorgolewski, Mark, & Ergun, Deniz, Closed-Loop Materials Systems, SB13 Conference, Coventry, UK, July 2013.
Brown, Craig & Gorgolewski, Mark, Post occupancy evaluation (POE) of multi-unit residential buildings and the contribution of residents to actual energy consumption, Sustainable Building Conference 2013, Coventry, UK, July 2013.
Ergun, D. & Gorgolewski, M, Inventorying Toronto’s single-detatched housing stocks to examine the availability of clay brick for urban mining, Second Symposium on Urban Mining, SUM2014, Bergamo, Italy, 19-21 May 2014
Selected recent funded projects
Performance assessment of buildings in operation – investigation of lessons from how buildings meet or fail to meet their design objectives in energy use, water use, IEQ, etc, 2012 to 2014 funded by NSERC, SSHRC, and OPA
Carrot City – Designing for Urban Agriculture – travelling exhibition (shown in Toronto, NY, Paris, Berlin, Birmingham, Lyon, Lausanne, Munich, Casablanca), and book, and web site 2009 to 2014. Funding – various
Sustainable commercial buildings – various research related to LCA and green building ratings, 2009-11, funded through Mitacs
Low energy housing projects - investigating impacts of code changes on building envelope performance.2010 – 2014. Funding various.