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Ted Kesik

Professor of Building Science
T 416-978-0849

BASc (Ottawa), MASc, PhD (Toronto)

Ted Kesik is a professor of building science in the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto with a career focus on the integration of professional practice, research and teaching. He entered the construction industry in 1974 and has since gained extensive experience in the various aspects of building enclosure design, quality assurance, performance verification, and building systems integration.

Professor Kesik’s research interests include low energy passive solar housing, high performance buildings, durability, life cycle analysis, systems integration, sustainability and resilience. Recently, Dr. Kesik has engaged research about best practices for the design, construction, commissioning and maintenance of municipal infrastructure on behalf of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. Notable past projects include: a Passive Solar House Design Primer funded by the Jeffrey Cook Trust; the original comprehensive cost-benefit study underpinning the Toronto Green Standard; and the Tower Renewal Guidelines as part of a collaborative research project examining building envelope retrofits of 1960s to 1980s concrete high-rise apartment buildings. He is also associated with the Green Roof Innovation Testing Laboratory (gritlab) where he has guided research on modeling the cooling effects of green walls on new and existing buildings. Upcoming initiatives include a critical examination of architecture and built environmental design education in a future world influenced by globalization, global warming and the need for sustainable and resilient cities.

Dr. Kesik continues to practice as a consulting engineer to leading architectural offices, forward thinking enterprises and progressive government agencies. He remains actively involved in technical organizations and is the author of numerous books, studies, reports and articles related to his areas of research and professional practice.


Refer to the publications section of Professor Kesik's CV