Expertise & Research Interests

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) & Life Cycle Design, Carbon Emissions, Prefabrication, Construction Waste Reduction, Sustainable Construction & Design


Courses to Teach (23-24)

Research Methodology in Architecture
Architectural Design and Sustainability II
Architectural Design and Theory III


Assistant Professor

B.Arch (EAMPV, France)
M.Arch (EAMPV, France)

Architect DPLG (France)

Lara Jaillon is an architect and researcher. She has over 20 years of experience in teaching and research focusing on sustainability and architecture. She has completed her studies in Architecture in France (Paris Val de Marne) and Canada (McGill University, Montreal), and subsequently joined the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2000 where she obtained her PhD. Her PhD research focussed on the evolution of the use of prefabrication techniques in the Hong Kong construction industry. She then joined the City University of Hong Kong in 2011, where she was an Assistant Professor.

Her research work focuses on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and life cycle design, carbon emissions, prefabrication, construction waste reduction, sustainable construction and design. She has recently completed a research project on comparing carbon emissions of precast and cast-in-situ construction methods, and is currently involved in research projects assessing green building assessment tools, and the circular economy. She has written articles published in both local and international journals, and conferences.

Selected Publications

- Zhang, W., Lee, M.W., Jaillon, L., Poon, C.S. (2018) The hindrance to using prefabrication in Hong Kong’s building industry. Journal of Cleaner Production, 204, 70-81. -Dong, Y.H., Jaillon, L., Chu, P., Poon, C.S. (2015) Comparing carbon emissions of precast and cast-in-situ construction methods – a case study of high-rise private building. Journal of Construction and Building Materials, 99, 39-53.
- Wong, R., Jaillon, L., Yeung, A. (2015) Design detailing for Education: Pre-school participatory design and construction in Cambodia. HKIA Journal, 70(1), 56-59.
- Jaillon, L. and Poon, C.S. (2014) Life cycle design and prefabrication in buildings: A review and case studies in Hong Kong. Automation in Construction, 39, 195-202.
- Abbas, Y., Jaillon, L., Watkin, T. and Luque, O. (2013) Two generations together, MONU Magazine, Special issue on “Communal Urbanism”, 18, Spring, 38-43.
- Jaillon, L. and Poon, C.S. (2009) The evolution of prefabricated residential building systems in Hong Kong – a review of the public and the private sectors. Automation in Construction, 18(3), 239-240.
- Jaillon, L., Poon, C.S. and Chiang, Y.H. (2009) Quantifying the Waste Reduction Potential of Using Prefabrication in Building Construction in Hong Kong. Waste Management 29(1), 309-320.
- Jaillon, L. and Poon, C.S. (2008) Sustainable Construction Aspects of Using Prefabrication in Dense Urban Environment: A Hong Kong Case Study. Construction Management and Economics 26 (9), 953-966.
- Poon, C.S., Yu, A.T.W. and Jaillon, L. (2004) Reducing Building waste at Construction Sites in Hong Kong. Construction Management and Economics, 22(5), pp.461-470.