PhD Students

Kongkun Charoenvisal

Ph.D. Student

B.Arch., Chulalongkorn University, Thailand
M.S., Architecture, Virginia Tech
M.IT., Virginia Tech


Kongkun Charoenvisal is a Ph.D. student and graduate teaching assistant in the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech. He is currently working on doctoral research with a focus on the benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology with regards to knowledge capturing and improving the quality of design decisions within the domain of sustainable architecture design. This involves developing a web-based Decision Support System (DSS) for vegetated roofing system selection, which can work in conjunction with BIM authoring tools, and includes examining the usefulness of such a prototype for improving the quality of vegetated roofing system design decisions. Kongkun has worked directly with architectural and engineering faculties in the Center for High Performance Environments (CHPE) at Virginia Tech. His responsibilities have included, but were not limited to, conducting building energy simulation, analyzing building energy performance, preforming life-cycle cost assessment, providing strategies for high performance building design, and assisting in qualitative and quantitative research which concentrated on educational, healthcare, and laboratory facilities. Kongkun was a co-founder and the president of the buildingSMART alliance (bSa) Virginia Tech interest group. He received a B.ARCH. from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, and subsequently an M.S. in Architecture and M.IT. from Virginia Tech. As well, Kongkun received the Design Research Award from the School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech.