Staff Profile:Dr Geoffrey Cook

Name:
Dr Geoff Cook
Job Title:
Associate Professor
Responsibilities:

Member of the Innovative and Sustainable Technologies Research Group. Contribution to the teaching and learning policy and practice within the School of Construction Management and Engineering (SCME), University of Reading. Member of the SCME Teaching & Learning Committee. Member of the SCME Undergraduate Board of Studies. Occasional Chair of Periodic Review Committees (Geography and Environmental Science, 2013).

Qualifications:
1972 Certificate of Education, University of Leeds
1976 BSc (Hons) Building, University of Aston
1995 Member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (MIESNA)
1995 PhD The University of Surrey
1997 Member of the Institution of Building Services Engineers (MCIBSE)
1997 Chartered Engineer (CEng)
1997 Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building (FCIOB)
1999 Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
2006 Fellow of the Society of Light and Lighting (FSLL)
2013 Fellow of the RICS

External responsibilities:
Vice-Chairman of the CIOB Accreditation Panel, Chairman of the CIOB Education Framework Review Group; Member of the SLL Education and Membership Committee; Member of BSI Committee B559/1/2 Access for disabled people to buildings; Member of BS9266 General Needs Housing Committee; Expert Member to ISO/TC/59/SC/16/WG1 Building Construction - Accessibility and usability of the built environment. Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College. I hold an executive directorship of Defax Limited a company that specialises in technical authoring for the construction industry.

Areas of Interest:
My current research interests include an examination of the ability of people who are visually impaired to identify differences in chroma, hue and gloss in order to make the interior of buildings more accessible. In addition I am examining those environmental engineering factors within the built environment which impact on the safety of people who are visually impaired. My general interest in construction education has recently focussed on School/Department QA procedures and processes and the assessment and feedback of face-to-face taught modules.
Research groups / Centres:

Innovative and Sustainable Technologies
Research Awards:

1992 - 1995, Models of luminance, The University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund, £34,000, PhD Supervisor: Dr. G. Cook

1992 - 1995, Management of Communication of Technical Information, (In collaboration with Laing Technology Group plc.), Science and Engineering Research Council Teaching Company Scheme, £127,860 Co-investigator: Dr G. Cook £127,860.

1994 - 1996, Emergency and Escape Route Lighting and Way-Finding Provision for the Visually Impaired, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), £111,000, Principal Investigator: Dr. G. Cook

1995 - 1997, Colour in Refurbishment; A Design Guide for the Visually Impaired, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) £380,000, Co-investigator: Dr G. Cook

1996 - 1998, Lighting for the Visually Impaired in a Non-uniformly Lit Office Environment, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), £164,000, Principal Investigator: Dr. G. Cook

1998 - 2000, The Effect of Smoke on Emergency Lighting, Escape Route Lighting and Wayfinding Provision (EEWPS), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), £137,000, Principal Investigator: Dr. G. Cook

1998 - 2001, Acoustic aspects of space for visually impaired people, The University of Reading Research Endowment Trust Fund, £47,000, PhD Supervisor: Dr. G. Cook

1999 - 2001 Deafness, Design and Communication in the Built Environment, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), £201,000, Co-investigator: Dr. G. Cook

2001 - 2003, Colour and lighting for visually impaired people in intermodal transport environments, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Department of Trade and Industry (Dti), (Reading Share) £192,000, Principle Investigator: Dr. G. Cook (A collaboration projectwith South Bank University)

2001- 2003, Design for all of a Hospital Portal serving patients needs for Information, Communication and Entertainment, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), £233,000, Co-investigator: Dr. G. Cook (Collaboration with The Department of Computer Science)

2002 - 2005, Conspicuity of Emergency Escape Route Signage for Normally Sighted and Visually Impaired People, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), £124,000, Principle Investigator: Dr. G. Cook

2003-2006, Better lighting for improved human performance, health and well-being and increased energy efficiency, Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage United Kingdom (CIE-UK), £47,000, Co-investigator: Dr. G. Cook(Lead Organisation -The National Physical Laboratory)

2002 - 2007, Lighting the Homes of Visually Impaired People, Thomas Pocklington Trust, £90,000, Principle Investigator: Dr. G. Cook

2003- 2007, Underpinning research for Parts K, M and N of the Building Regulations 2001, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister/Communities and Local Government, £100,000, Principle Investigator: Dr. G. Cook (A consortium led by the Building Research Establishment)

2004-2006, Accessible Archaeology, Higher Education Funding Council (HEFC), £193,000, Co-investigator: Dr. G. Cook (Collaboration with the Department of Archaeology)

2004 - 2005, Ironmongery, Visually Impaired People and LRVs, The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GOAI), £20,000, Principle Investigator: Dr. G. Cook

2006-2007, Keeping Individuals Safe & Secure: Safety and Security for Older People, New Dynamics of Ageing Network Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), £49,000, Co-investigator: Dr. G. Cook (Collaboration with the Departments of Computer Science, Psychology, Health Studies, and Geography

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Books:
Cook, G.K., A.J. Hinks, 1992, Appraising Building Defects - Perspectives on Stability and Hygrothermal Performance, 488pp, Longman Scientific Academic and Technical, London. ISBN 0-582-05108-8

Hinks, A.J., Cook, G.K., 1997, The Technology of Building Defects, pp361, E&FN Spon, ISBN 0 419 19780 X

Bright, K.T., Cook, G.K., Harris, J., 1997, Colour, Contrast & Perception: Design Guidance for Internal Built Environments, Brooker Publications. ISBN 0 70491 202 3

Sections in books:
Cook, G.K., 2002, Chapter 5, Colour Contrast and Lighting, Workplacelaw Network Special Report, (2nd Edition)Disability: Making Buildings Accessible, Ed. Bright K.T., ISBN 1 900 648 14 8

Refereed journal papers:
Cook, G.K., 1990, Artificial Lighting in Classrooms - Results of a Lighting Survey, Building and Environment, 25(4), 329-331

Cook, G.K, 1992, The European Dimension, The Institute of Maintenance & Building Management Reference Book and List of Members, T.G.Scott & Son, 60-62. ISBN 1 870339

Croome, D.J. Cook, G.K., 1993, Building Services Engineering; An Innovative Undergraduate Course, Engineering Education, Vol 9, 2, pp148-155

Cook, G.K., 1993, Project Management: Evolution and Impact in a U.K. and World Context, PROMAT, The Journal of the Korean Institute of Project Management & Technology, 6(8), 89-97 (In Korean).

Cook, G.K., Carter, D.J., 1996, Working plane illuminance in electrically lit spaces, CIBSE Lighting Division, Factfile No.3, CIBSE.

Webber, G.M.B., Wright, M.S., Cook, G.K., 1997, Emergency lighting and wayfinding systems for visually impaired people, BRE Information Paper IP9/97, Construction Research Communications, London. ISBN 1 86081 169 8.

Cook, G.K., 1998,Lighting Quality aspects - Essential Requirements for Visually Impaired People, Proceedings of the First Symposium on Lighting Quality, National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada, 48-59 ISBN 3 900 734 91 7.

Cook, G.K., Wright, M.S., Webber, G.M.B., 1999, Emergency lighting and wayfinding provision systems for visually impaired people: Phase I of a study, Lighting Research and Technology, 31(2), 35-42.

Cook, G.K., Wright, M.S., Webber, G.M.B., Bright, K.T., 1999, Emergency lighting and wayfinding provision systems for visually impaired people: Phase II of a study, Lighting Research and Technology, 31(2), 43-48.

Cook, G.K., Wright, M.S., Hill, S.L., Bright, K.T., 1999, The perception of lighting quality in a non-uniformly lit office environment, Facilities, 17(12/13), 476-484.

Cook, G.K., Bright, K.B., Harris, J., 1999, Building Design: The importance of flooring pattern and finish for people with a visual impairment, The British Journal of Visual Impairment, 17(3), 121-126.

Cook, G.K., Wright, M.S., Hill, S., 1999, Office Task Lighting: A user study of six task lights by five workers with low vision, The British Journal of Visual Impairment, 17(3), 117-120.

Cook, G.K., Bright, K.T., 1999, Project Rainbow: A Research Project to Provide Colour and Contrast Design Guidance for Internal Built Environments, Occasional Paper No. 57, The Chartered Institute of Building, Ascot, Berkshire. ISBN 1 85380 084 8

Cook, G.K., 2000, A vector approach to the assessment of undergraduate engineering courses, International Journal of Engineering Education, 16, 1, 3-11.

Cook, G., BS8300: 2001 (Member of Sub-Committee B/209/8), Code of Practice, Design of buildings and their approaches to meet the needs of disabled people, BSI.

CIE, 2004, Lighting design methods for obstructed interiors, Publication 161: 2004, CIE Vienna ISBN 3 901 906 32 0

Refereed Conference papers:
Cook, G. K., 1990, Artificial Lighting in Classrooms, Proceedings CIBSE National Lighting Conference, 340-343.

Cook, G.K., 1990, Artificial Lighting in Classrooms Proceedings of the 4th Congresso Internazionale, Taormina (Milano: Associazone Italiana Di Illuminazione), Vol. 2, 405-415

Cook, G.K., 1992, The Influence of Maintenance and "As Built" Factors on Actual Working Plane Illuminance, CIB W70 Symposium, Innovations in Management, Maintenance and Modernisation of Buildings, Rotterdam.

Cook, G. K., 1992, The Influence of Horizontal Obstructions on Measured Illuminance Levels, Proceedings CIBSE National Lighting Conference, Manchester, 326-330.

Cook, G.K., Hill, S., 1993, The Influence of the Floor Cavity: A Block to Energy Efficient Lighting Design", Proceedings RIGHT LIGHT, 2nd Conference on Energy-Efficient Lighting, Arnhem, 823-38.

Hill, S., Cook, G. K., 1994, The influence of Obstructions Within the Floor Cavity, Proceedings CIBSE National Lighting Conference, Cambridge, 289-297.

Cook, G.K., Hill, S., Aizlewood, M.E., Slater, A.I., 1995, Assessing Accuracy of Lighting Design Software, Proceedings of the 23rd Session of the CIE, New Delhi, 300-301.

Cook, G.K., Bright, K.T., Allen, P.R.F., Howard, Y., Harris, J.P., 1996, Maximising colour and luminance contrast for the visually impaired: The influence of artificial lighting, Proceedings CIBSE National Lighting Conference, Bath, 349-356.

Cook, G.K., 1996, A generalised relationship between predicted and measured illuminance in 59 classrooms, Proceedings CIBSE National Lighting Conference, Bath, 324-328.

Wright, M.S., Cook, G.K., Webber, G.M.B., Bright, K.T., 1996, Emergency lighting and wayfinding provision and the visually impaired: An experimental study, Proceedings CIBSE National Lighting Conference, Bath, 293-300.

Aizlewood, M.E., Hill, S., Cook, G.K., 1996, The development of a reference data set for lighting computer programs, Proceedings CIBSE National Lighting Conference, Bath, 172-177.

Wright, M.S., Cook, G.K., Webber, G.M.B., Bright, K.T., 1996, The performance of visually impaired people under different wayfinding and emergency lighting systems, Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Low Vision (CD), Madrid.

Wright, M.S., Cook, G.K., Webber, G.M.B., 1997, Some different emergency lighting and wayfinding provision systems: An experimental study with visually impaired volunteers, Proceedings of Lux Europa 8th European Lighting Conference, Amsterdam, 493-502

Cook, G.K., Hill, S.L., Slater, A.I., 1997, Lighting for visually impaired people in a non-uniformly lit office environment, Proceedings of Lux Europa 8th European Lighting Conference, Amsterdam, 503-510.

Cook, G.K., Hill, S.L., Wright, M.S., Slater, A.I., 1999, Task lighting for visually impaired people in an office environment: Phase II test results, Proceedings of the 24th Session of the CIE, Warsaw, 258 - 262.

Cook, G.K., Wright, M.S., 2000, Visual impairment and the provision of lighting in office environments – A comparative study, Proceedings of the Technology Watch and Innovation in the Construction Industry Conference, Brussels, 221-228.

Cook, G.K., Bright, K.T., Luck, R., Iantaffi, A., Sinka, I, 2000, Deafness, design and communication in the built environment, Proceedings of COBRA 2000, The University of Greenwich, 173 – 183, ISBN 1-84219-027-X

Sinka, I.; Bright, K.; Cook, G.; Iantaffi, A.; Luck, R.; 2001 Construing in Construction. Exploring Deaf people's perceptions of light and colour in the built environment. Presented at the 14thPersonal Construct Psychology International Conference, University of Wollongong.

Bright, K.; Cook, G.; Sinka, I.; Luck, R.; Iantaffi, A. 2001 The influence of colour on the inclusivity of an environment, Proceedings of the Include Conference, Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, Royal College of Arts, London, 231-239.

McCrindle, R., Arnold, F., Cook, G., Barrett, J., Booy, D., 2002, Inclusive design of an interface for a hospital system for information, communication and entertainment, Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and associated Technologies, The University of Verszprém, 139-149.

Cook. G., 2007, Innovation in light reflectance value - measurement and application, Proceedings of the 26th Session of the CIE, Beijing, D1- 130- 133

Keynotes and invited conference presentations:
Cook, G., 1994, Invited Delegate, International Conference for University Lecturers in Lighting, University of Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A

Cook, G., 1998, The University of Reading Public Lecture, Lighting to Provide a Non-handicapping Environment - Visually Impaired People as a User Group, The Palmer Building.

Cook, G, Wright, M, 1999, Emergency Wayguidance Exhibit, The Human Factor Exhibition, The Science Museum, London

Cook, G., 1999, Invited speaker, The Role of Technology in Ameliorating Visual Disability, AgeNet Workshop, The British Library.

Cook, G., 2002, Invited speaker, Do the visually impaired need special lighting requirements? Society of Light and Lighting, Institution of Structural Engineers, London.

Cook, G., 2004, Invited Speaker, Colour and Lighting for people who are visually impaired, Truecolours Conference, The RIBA, London.

Cook, G., 2004, Invited Speaker, Colour and lighting for people who are visually impaired, The Access Association, The Guidhall, London

Cook, G., 2005, Invited Speaker, Lighting and Colour for Visually Impaired People in Transport Environments, Fete de Lumiaire, Lyon, France

Cook, G., 2006, Invited Speaker and Delegate, The Institutional Links between the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and the Society of Light and Lighting, IESNA Centenary Conference, New York, USA

Cook, G., 2006, Invited Speaker, Emergency Wayfinding and People with a Disability, Welwyn Hatfield Assess Group, Emergency Egress and Evacuation Seminar, Emergency Wayfinding, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City

Professional journals:
Cook G.K., Foundations Built on Science, Chartered Builder, 3 (9) 14-15 (1991)

Bright, K.T., Cook, G.K., Harris, J., 1995, Developing Non-handicapping Environments, Chartered Surveyor Monthly, 4 (7), May, p28-29.

Bright, K.T., Cook, G.K., Harris, J., 1997, Project rainbow - colour and contrast design guidance, Access by Design, Issue 72, Centre of Accessible Environments, London.

Cook, G.K., 2000, CIE Update: Feel the quality, Lighting Equipment News, February, p13. ISSN0024 3418

Cook, G.K., 2000, Quality in design, Access by Design, 84, 21-23, Autumn

Cook, G., 2003, Setting priorities for much-needed research, CIE Update, Lighting Equipment News, p10, May.

Cook, G. K., 2003, Improved performance and energy efficiency through better lighting – A scoping study, International daylighting, p3-5, Issue 5, March.

Cook, G., 2007, The Strategic Plan of the Society of Light and Lighting, The Society of Light and Lighting Newsletter, Issue 5, 3-6.

Cook, G.K., 2007, Le Scoullier, S., Booy, D.A., Innnoation in light reflectance value - Measurement and application, Proceedings 26th Session of the CIE, Beijing, Volume 1, D1-130 - 133.

Cook, G., EPSRC Showcase, Design of the built environment for the ageing population, Institution of Civil Engineers, Inclusive Environments: audio-visual environments, Institution of Civil Engineers, London 3rd February 2009.

Cook, G., BSI Accessible Building Design; BS8300: 2009 - Improving the built environment Conference, The use of Light Reflectance Values (LRV's) in achieving visual contrast, London, 25th March 2009

Key Facts/Career path:

Fellow of the RICS

Member of EPSRC Peer Review College

Course Director MSc Inclusive Environments - Design and Management

Past President of the Society of Light and Lighting (2005-6)

Member of the Technical and Education Committee of the SLL

CIE Division 3 - Lighting Design and Application, UK Member

Member of the Accreditation Panel of the CIOB

Member of British Standards Committee 559/2 - BS8300

Member of the Construction Diploma National University Recognition Group

Lead Author BS8493: 2008 Light reflectance value (LRV) of a surface - Method of test

My career began as an Architectural Technician and through part-time technical college study being admitted to the Certificate in Education course at Huddersfield College of Education (Technical). My life-long interest in construction education began at this time. I then entered the BSc (Hons) Building course at the University of Aston and obtained a first class degree. After site management in the West Midlands I entered full-time teaching first at Nene College and then at The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton. My subsequent career interest in light and lighting began with running the laboratory at Wolverhampton and continued though my part-time PhD studies at the University of Surrey. My lighting specialism was included within the BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering which started in Wolverhampton in 1985. I joined the University of Reading in 1990 to continue my undergraduate teaching of Building Services Engineers and further my lighting research interests. In 1992 I began a series of research studies concerned with lighting for people who are visually impaired and collaborated with others to establish a Research Group for Inclusive Environments. These developments have provided the opportunities for all of my subsequent research activity.

Dr Geoff Cook-2013

Contact Details

Email:
g.k.cook@reading.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0) 118 378 6733
Building:
3n22 URS Building

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