Ashley W. T. Hong

Dr., Assistant Professor, Ms

  • EH14 4AS

    United Kingdom

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Research interests

My research area of expertise is Sustainable Design and Development in the construction industry. The current green development requires more resilient and climate change adaptation in building design and hence my interests of research are focusing into the following sub-themes:

1) Low Energy Facade/ Passive Design Strategies
2) Green Retrofit of Office Building
3) Green Building Assessment
4) Indoor and Outdoor Thermal Comfort
5) 6R Waste Management
6) Cost Overrun and Management
7) Feng Shui Conception in Architectural Design
8) Vertical Greeneries

Press Profile




Hong, W.T., Kamaruddin, I., Loo, S. C. (2019). Urging Green Retrofit of Building Facade in the Tropics - A Review and Research Agenda. International Journal of Technology. Volume 10(6), pp. 1140-1149.


Hong, W.T., Kamaruddin, I., Loo, S. C. (2019). A review of potential market of green facade retrofit in the tropics. Paper presented at The 4th International Tropical Renewable Energy Conference on 14 – 16th August 2019, The Anvaya Beach Resorts, Bali, Indonesia.


Wang, C., Hong, W.T. & Abdul-Rahman, H. (2018). Architectural Examination on Feng Shui Bedroom Arrangement for Sleeping Environment. Open House International. Volume 43 (2).


Hong, W.T., Abdul-Rahman, H. & Wang, C. (2017, May 13-14). Are bedroom Feng Shui rules practical from the architectural perspective? Paper published at Proceedings of the Academic Journal of Feng Shui, University of Technology Sydney, Australia. URL:


Hong, W.T., Abdul-Rahman, H. & Wang, C. (2016). The application of Form School Feng Shui model in a sleep environment: human preferences and subjective sleep quality evaluation. Architectural Engineering and Design Management. Volume 12 (6), 442–459. 


Hong, W.T., Abdul-Rahman, H. & Wang, C. (2015, June 9-11). A Critical Review on Interior Configuration by Feng Shui Approaches intended for Sleep Quality Improvement. Paper presented at 26th International-Business-Information Management Association Conference, Madrid, Spain. Innovation Management and Sustainable Economic Competitive Advantage: From Regional Development to Global Growth, Volumes I - VI, 3593-3610.


Hong, W. T., Abdul-Rahman, H. & Wang, C. (2014, April 24-25). The relationship between human preferable bed arrangements and bedroom Feng Shui conception. Paper presented at Global Academic Network International Conference, Temple University, Tokyo, Japan.


Aminuddin. A.M.R., Rao, S.P. and Hong. W. T. (2012). Thermal comfort field studies in two certified energy efficient office buildings in a tropical climate. International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development. Volume. 3, No.2, pp 129-136.


Rao. S.P., Aminuddin. A.M.R., Hong. W. T. (20I2). Thermal and acoustic environmental requirements for green buildings in Malaysia.  Journal of Design and Built Environment. Volume 11. No. 1.


Hong, W. T. (2009). A comparison study of façade design and thermal comfort studies in LEO Building and ZEO Building in Malaysia. Paper presented at 11th International Conference on QiR (Quality in Research) University of Indonesia, Depok, Indonesia.


Hong, W. T. (2009). A comparison study of facade designs in Low Energy Office Buildings in Malaysia. Paper presented at 4th ASEAN Post Graduate Seminar in Built Environment, Faculty of Built Environment, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Reserach Grants

Research Grants and Projects (Awarded)


Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) - £13.489k (RM 75,000) - CI

Project Title: Sustainable solutions improving quality of life in urban Southeast- Asia


Awarded 2019

Prototype Research Grant Scheme (PRGS) – RM116,000 - CI

Research Title: Development of a Web-based Contract Administration Prototype System for JKR/PWD Standard Form of Contract


Awarded 2019

UM Institute of Research Management and Monitoring Grant (IPPP) - CI

Research Title: Cultural Impact and Risk Response Strategic Decision Making On Exogenous Risks In International Construction


Completed 2015

Roles & Responsibilities

Current Management Position:

  • Year Coordinator for Undergraduate Quantity Surveying & Construction Project Management Programme
  • Internship Coordinator for Undergraduate Quantity Surveying & Construction Project Management Programme


Administrative Roles (in recent years only):

Event/ Activities



Position/ Role

RISM International Research Conference (RISM-IRC)

Year 2020 to current



Organising Committee Scientific Committee Reviewer

RICS-RISM International Surveying Conference for Undergraduate (RISM ISCU)

Year 2017 to current



Organising Committee/ Adjudicator


Women in Leadership Forum: Celebrating a Legacy of Empowering Wo group 2019



Organising Committee

Heriot-Watt University Annual Dinner 2018



Organising Committee


Journal Editorial Board member:

Journal Name


1)     Journal of Construction Research

Bilingual Publishing CO. (Singapore)


Journal Reviewer:

Journal Name


Architectural Science Review (Scopus Indexed)

Taylor & Francis



Building and Environment (ISI Indexed: Q1)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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