Claude MH Demers
Claude Demers is a Professor of architecture at Laval University, actively involved in teaching and research on daylighting through funded projects since 1997. She has completed a PhD in architecture at the University of Cambridge, innovating on the integration of qualitative and quantitative assessments of daylighting in architecture. Co-founder of the Groupe de Recherche en Ambiances Physiques (GRAP), she is also a member of the Centre de recherche en aménagement et development (CRAD).
Claude’s research interests relate to architecture and occupants’ satisfaction, associating the importance of design to users’ behaviour and well-being. She is a co-leader of Canada First Sentinel North sub-project entitled “Optimizing biophilia in extreme climates through architecture (2.1)”, and thematic project “Light as a driver, environment, and information carrier in natural environments and human health”. She is also co-leader of Schola.ca, aiming to provide Quebec’s school building decision makers, users and professionals with design tools to improve children’s educational success. As an expert in the digital and analogical modeling and analysis of light, Claude is developing and applying her research expertise to innovate on new building designs. She has produced fundamental and applied intelligent building solutions favouring the integration of bioclimatic design strategies for at the scales of urban, architectural and detail for several projects that have won prizes for architectural innovation: OAQ, RAIC medal, Energia prize, CECObois, Bomex.