Fung Program Talk | Sustainability of Traditional Architecture - “STARCH”: Guttu Traditional Courtyard Housing in India

With John Odhiambo Onyango
Oct 13, 2022, 4:30 pm6:00 pm


Event Description
The PIIRS Fung Global Fellows Program and Program in South Asian Studies, 
Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities, and
Princeton’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

proudly co-host:

Sustainability of Traditional Architecture

“STARCH”: Guttu Traditional Courtyard Housing in India

With John Onyango, Associate Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame 

This event is open to members of the Princeton University community with a PUID.

The Buildings of Traditional Architecture (TA) are unique in that by nature their envelopes are constructed without or with little insulation materials. They rely on traditional construction methods, are constructed from non-standardized building materials, are nonhomogeneous, thus making understanding their hygrothermal behavior challenging.  In this talk, Dr. Onyango will present his work on STARCH, Evidence-Based research taking a wholesome look at the Sustainability of TA buildings from the perspective of performances in hygrothermal assessment, End-Use Energy Intensity (EUI), and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). STARCH uses case study approach from a wide variety of examples of historical traditional architectural buildings as well modern-day contemporary traditionally designed buildings. 

John Odhiambo Onyango, Ph.D. is an academic, scholar and is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture at the School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame (USA). He has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Architecture from the University of Glasgow (Scotland, UK); a Master of Architecture degree from University of Notre Dame, (USA); Certificate in Professional Practice & Management in Architecture (RIBA Part 3-Architect’s License in the United Kingdom) from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, (England, UK) and a Bachelor of Architecture (honors) degree from University of Nairobi (Kenya). John’s research primarily focuses on Sustainability in the broad sense that takes holistic approaches to the creative practices at the building and urban design levels that is both interdisciplinary as well as multidisciplinary in collaboration with other colleagues in the allied fields such as engineering, sociology, healthcare, and IT communications. 




  • Princeton-Mellon Initiative
  • Program in South Asian Studies
  • Fung Global Fellows Program
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering