Research students

Noor Aalhashem

PhD

Noor Aalhashem

1 October 2015 - present

Towards a Sustainable Architecture

Noor Aalhashem is an architect who was awarded a Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering from Al-Nahrain University, Iraq in 2008 and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Architectural Department of the same university in 2005. Traditional …


Lama Abuhassan

PhD

Lama Abuhassan

1 October 2015 - present

Screen Architecture: A phenomenology of Dread Atmosphere in Thriller Films

Lama completed an MFA in Cinematic Arts (2012) and an M.Sc. in Architecture (2009), in addition to a BA in Architecture (2005). She utilized her architectural background to earn a pioneering role in the Jordanian film industry as a film producer. Over …


Mohammad Abukeshek

PhD

Mohammad Abukeshek

1 April 2017 - present

Defining practical features for creating green and sustainable interior environments in Jordanian healthcare facilities.

Mohammad has a Bachelors degree in interior design from the College of Architecture and Design, Al-Ahliyya Amman University, Amman-Jordan with a grade of Very Good. He also obtained a Masters degree in the same subject from the College of Architecture …


PhD

Nooridayu Ahmad-Yusuf

1 October 2015 - present


PhD

Duaa Al Maani

1 October 2016 - present


Amer Al-Jokhadar

PhD

Amer Al-Jokhadar

1 October 2015 - present

Socio-Spatial Grammar for Tall Residential Buildings in Hot-Arid Regions

Amer Al-Jokhadar is an architect who completed his Master’s degree in Architecture from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2004, and his Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from JUST/Jordan in 2001. He is a Registered Prof …


Saba Alnusairat

PhD

Saba Alnusairat

1 October 2014 - present

Approaches to skycourt design and performance in high-rise office buildings

Saba Alnusairat is an architect who holds a Masters degree in Architectural Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2007 and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from JUST in 2005. She practised a career as an architect res …


Chunbun Au

PhD

Chunbun Au

1 January 2010 - present

Hong Kong: City Ventilation and Urban Heat Island Effect

Chunbun Au graduated in Building Service Engineering from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and is currently working on a PhD study in Architectural Science at Cardiff University. Henry is a specialist in building physics and works for an engineerin …


Usman Awan

PhD

Usman Awan

1 April 2017 - present

What role should buildings play in controlling carbon emissions in the climatic constraints of southern Punjab, Pakistan?

Usman completed his Bachelors degree in Architecture in 2005, from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, Pakistan. He did his Masters at Cardiff University in 2007 in ‘Environmental Design of Buildings’ then was employed by Buro -Happold …


Amalia Banteli

PhD

Amalia Banteli

1 April 2015 - present

Whole building embodied energy and carbon calculation potential and its inclusion to early-stage design through Building Information Modelling

Amalia is a qualified architect (Part 2 equivalent) and a member of the Technical Registration Board of Greece since 2010. Her first degree was a five year Ptychion awarded by the National Technical University of Athens and she also holds a Masters Deg …


Irini Barbero

PhD

Irini Barbero

1 October 2017 - present

Poetic Space in Modern Times: Poetic values and the intangible at the service of the tangible, in the age of stress and depression, towards an architecture of hope, meaning and wellbeing.

Irini Barbero holds a Master’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from the School of Architectural Engineering of Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) in Greece. During her studies she completed a research thesis/project entitled: “Poetic Space”, in …


PhD

Phil Coffey

1 October 2016 - present


PhD

Ester Coma Bassas

1 April 2014 - present


John Crouch

PhD

John Crouch

1 April 2011 - present

Comparing the Indian Revival and Indo-Saracenic Architectural Styles

John Crouch originally from New York City, comes from The Isle of Palms, South Carolina, United States. He is a 2010 graduate of The College of Charleston, where he studied Historic Preservation (Heritage Conservation) and City and Regional Planning. T …


Chris Daw

PhD

Chris Daw

1 October 2016 - present

What works for big data in public policy making?

Chris has worked within the Welsh public sector for around 15 years, including roles developing energy policy, sustainability policy, and energy efficiency across the public sector. Chris is a qualified surveyor with an MSc from University of Northumbr …


Carla De Laurentis

PhD

Carla De Laurentis

1 April 2014 - present

Sustainability transitions and the matter of geography: the role of regions in low carbon transitions dynamics

Carla De Laurentis worked as a researcher for Cardiff University for 12 years. During her research career she has gained extensive knowledge and expertise in innovation, local and regional development and clustering dynamics in high technology sectors …


Xi Deng

PhD

Xi Deng

1 October 2013 - present

Adapting Low Carbon Design of neighbourhood scale into Urbanisation in China

Xi Deng is a structural engineer with a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from Chongqing University, China (2010), and an architectural engineer with a MSc in Architectural Engineering from Politecnico Di Milano, Italy (2012). His current PhD in Architecture …


PhD

Mohamed Dgali

1 October 2017 - present


Charles Drozynski

PhD

Charles Drozynski

2 January 2013 - present

The struggle of the self for space in the architecture of Nowa Huta; an analysis of Heterotopias and their relevance to architecture and political negotiations in the city at the time of Communism


Siyu Duan

PhD

Siyu Duan

1 October 2017 - present

Achieving better thermal comfort in low energy buildings: How to reduce the energy performance gap between predicted and actual performance.

Siyu obtained her MSc in Sustainable Architecture Studies from University of Sheffield. Prior to that she completed her undergraduate degree in Architecture at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China (2015). She joined the Welsh School of Architecture as a fu …


PhD

Asma El-Hasumi

3 January 2012 - present

Shaping public spaces in north African port city, the case of Tripoli

Asma El-Hasumi has a BSc in Architecture and Architectural planning from the college of Architecture and architectural Planning, Tripoli University, Libya. After graduation she has been asked to join The Urban Planning Agency in Tripoli as an architect …


Lin Geng

PhD

Lin Geng

1 April 2017 - present

Localization evolution, changes in Christian architecture in early modern China

Geng Lin received his BA in Architecture from Qingdao University of Technology, China in 2013 and an MA in Architecture from Dessau International Architecture Graduate School, Germany in 2015. He joined the Welsh School of Architecture as a full-time P …


Melina Guirnaldos-Diaz

PhD

Melina Guirnaldos-Diaz

1 October 2014 - present

Heritage Preservation: Exploring new architectural strategies through intangible values

Melina Guirnaldos is a Spanish architect with 8 years of practicing and academic experience. In 2008 she was awarded the Talentia Fellowship to pursue an MSc in Architectural Restoration and Recovery of Historic Cities at Roma Tre University (Italy) wi …


Anas Hosney Lila

PhD

Anas Hosney Lila

1 October 2015 - present

URBAN FABRICS AS A TOOL OF URBAN HEAT ISLAND MITIGATION - Algorithmic approach for bridging building energy with urban thermal optimization

Anas gained a Master’s of Science in Architecture, and he published three papers in urban design and has taught on an architectural design and urban design course since graduation in 2006, gaining knowledge and interest in both algorithmic design, sust …


Hsuan-Wan Hung

PhD

Hsuan-Wan Hung

2 January 2008 - present

Deformation: a Minor, but Vital, Art

Hsuan-Wan Hung (Swan) completed a BA in Fine Art, at George Mason, and an MFA in Printmaking at the University of Houston, Texas. In the mid 80s she moved to Tokyo and worked as jewellery designer. From the late 80’s to mid 90’s, after obtaining a BSc …


PhD

Miltiadis Ionas

1 April 2017 - present


Mamuna Iqbal

PhD

Mamuna Iqbal

1 April 2017 - present

A Phenomenographic study for the impact of Social background on the learning ability of students in architectural design education.

Mamuna Iqbal is an Architect and Assistant Professor in the oldest Engineering institute of Pakistan, the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. She  graduated in Architecture from the same University and completed her Masters in Architectur …


Ashok Ganapathy Iyer

PhD

Ashok Ganapathy Iyer

1 July 2011 - present

Classification of the Approaches to Learning adopted by students of architecture in their design coursework

Ashok is the Chairperson of School of Design & Architecture (SoDA), Manipal University; Dubai since 2004 and is currently pursuing his PhD Studies at Welsh School of Architecture (2011). His research is looking at the classification of the approach …


PhD

Amna Jahangir

1 October 2014 - present

Colonial Impact on Urbanism of the West Punjab: Town Morphology as an Imperial Imperative

Amna Jahangir is currently pursuing her PhD studies at Welsh School of Architecture and is the recipient of Cardiff University’s College of Physical Sciences & Engineering PhD Studentship. Prior to starting her PhD, Amna Jahangir was Assistant Prof …


PhD

Hameda Janahi

1 October 2017 - present

Transformation of housing typologies in Qatar: The effect on inhabitants’ behaviour and wellbeing

Hameda Janahi is an architect who was awarded a Master’s degree in Architectural Design from University College London in 2016 and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Qatar University in 2014. She has worked in academia since 20 …


PhD

Qunfeng Ji

1 July 2014 - present


MPhil

Cynan Jones

1 October 2017 - present


PhD

Malini Karani

1 October 2013 - present


Afroditi Konidari

PhD

Afroditi Konidari

3 October 2011 - present

The translation of energy efficiency into architectural design and practice: Why low energy buildings fail

Afroditi Maria Konidari (Dipl.Arch.Eng, MSc) is an Architect Engineer and has worked as a researcher at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA) for three years. During her studies at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), she participated i …


Ahmad Kotbi

PhD

Ahmad Kotbi

1 October 2014 - present

Perforated screens to optimize Daylighting and maintain privacy in girls' schools in Middle East

Ahmad Kotbi gained a Bachelor in Architecture from King Saud University in Saudi Arabia in 2002, he then worked in a construction company as a junior site architect. After a year he began working at the University from which he graduated, as a teaching …


Max Lacey-Barnacle

PhD

Max Lacey-Barnacle

1 April 2014 - present

Exploring local energy justice in times of austerity: civic energy sector low-carbon transitions in Bristol City

Max’s academic background is in the Social Sciences, where he holds a BA in Politics and International Relations from the University of Sussex and a Masters in Environment, Politics and Globalisation from Kings College London. He has also gained experi …


Shaofu Li

PhD

Shaofu Li

1 July 2006 - present

Ecological Design of Lighting and Ventilation in Traditional Shophouses in Urban Southeast Asia

Shaofu is currently working as a Lecturer of Architecture at Chung Hua University, Taiwan where he is responsible for 1st year Architectural Design Studios, 3rd year Building Simulation and the BIM lectures programmes. Before shifting to academia, he w …


PhD

Bingyu Liu

1 October 2014 - present

The situation of vernacular architecture under urbanisation - a comparison of England and China

Bingyu Liu is a full-time PhD student at the Welsh School of Architecture. She was awarded a Merit in MA Design from the University of Leeds in 2013, following a double-award degree – BEng in Architecture and BA in Oil Painting at Shandong University o …


PhD

Clara Larissa Lorenz

1 October 2016 - present


Yi Lu

PhD

Yi Lu

2 October 2006 - present

Sustainable Heritage Town Regeneration

Yi Lu graduated from Shenzhen University in China with a degree in architecture. She has been based at the Welsh School of Architecture since 2006 completing an MPhil and currently working on a PhD.


Catrin Maby

PhD

Catrin Maby

1 July 2013 - present

Retrofitting home energy improvements: make it mainstream, make it local, make it work

After completing a first degree in Engineering Science at Oxford University, and an initial phase as a refrigeration engineer, Catrin Maby worked with the Energy Conservation and Solar Centre in London, where she was introduced to the issue of fuel pov …


PhD

Neil Macomish

1 October 2016 - present


PhD

Hadjer Messabih

1 October 2017 - present

A Diverse Architectural Heritage to Understand the Cultural History of Algeria - Case studies in Algiers, Oran, Timgad and M'zab Valley

Hadjer is a PhD student at the Welsh School of Architecture, who was awarded a postgraduate scholarship sponsored by the Algerian government and the Ministry of Higher Education to pursue her studies in the UK. Her choices of undergraduate and postgrad …


Marga Munar Bauza

PhD

Marga Munar Bauza

2 October 2006 - present

Boundaries


Alicia Nahmad-Vazquez

PhD

Alicia Nahmad-Vazquez

1 October 2014 - present

A Framework for Robotic Assisted Design: Explorations of Industrial Robotics in Architectural Design

Alicia is an architect who explores design through the integration of materials and technology in relation to context specific environments. Her professional and research work has focused on exploring the relationship between architecture, technology a …


Sally Naji

PhD

Sally Naji

1 April 2014 - present

Neighbourhood Sustainability Assessment Tools and their potential in exploring and enhancing Adaptive Capacity to Climate Change in the physical-social context

Sally Naji has a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Al-Nahrain University in Iraq. She was awarded the Masters degree in 2009 in Environment & Technology from the Architectural Department of the same University directly after the BSc. Sustainabi …


Luz Navarro

PhD

Luz Navarro

1 October 2014 - present

The topology of urban conflict and the transformative potential of dissensus: The Case of ‘El Cabanyal’ in Valencia

Luz is a PhD candidate funded by the WSA and EPSRC as part of its follow-up to the EPSRC (SUE) funded ‘Re-Engineering the City: Urban Foresight and Transition Management’ (Retrofit 2050) project. Her research is entitled “The topology of urban conflict …


Adedamola Ojerinde

PhD

Adedamola Ojerinde

1 April 2016 - present

The Use of Rice Husk Ash (RHA) as Stabilizer in Compressed Earth Block (CEB) for Affordable Houses

Adedamola Mobolanle Ojerinde is a full-time PhD student. She received her BSc in Architecture and MSc in Architecture from Covenant University in Nigeria. During her work experience she became interested in affordable buildings for people in developing …


Akinwolemiwa Oluafeyikemi-Hannah

PhD

Akinwolemiwa Oluafeyikemi-Hannah

1 October 2012 - present

A Study of how Occupant's Thermal Comfort can be enhanced with Vertical Greening Systems in Low income Residential Buildings in Lagos, Nigeria

Akinwolemiwa has an MSc degree in Architecture from Nigeria she is also as Associate Member of the Nigerian Institutes of Architects. Her interest in landscaping and architecture has ensured she garnered experience in both architecture and landscape fi …


Lili Pan

PhD

Lili Pan

1 January 2010 - present

Valuing Commissioning To Improve The Predictive Ability of Energy Modelling

Lili Pan is an engineer with a B.Eng in civil engineering from the University of Zhejiang, China (2006), and an MSc in mechanical engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China (2008). She started her career in the green bui …


PhD

Anna Papadopoulou

2 April 2012 - present

Gendered Spaces: Motives, Intentions and Alternatives

As adjunct faculty at the University of Nicosia (Cyprus), Anna teaches courses on history and theory of sustainable architecture and instructs advanced architectural design studios with particular focus on regional design, sustainable urbanism and mast …


Emmanouil (Manos) Perisoglou

PhD

Emmanouil (Manos) Perisoglou

1 April 2014 - present

Effective Control of Transpired Solar Collectors

Manos is an Automation Engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Renewable Energy Systems and Technology. He has worked in several industries and labs especially in the field of metrology. He is currently working in WSA as a Monitoring Researcher on the S …


Patana Rattananavathong

PhD

Patana Rattananavathong

2 January 2014 - present

Design Framework for Commercial Office Building in Thailand to Achieve Zero Carbon Building

Patana has been interested in sustainable architecture since his 2nd year undergraduate in 2007. After his graduation from Rangsit University, Thailand, with BArch, Patana worked as a sustainable building consultant at the Research and Development depa …


Adrienn Rokosni

PhD

Adrienn Rokosni

1 April 2015 - present

An Exploration of Environmental Behaviour – the transformative potential of sustainable building design for a generation in transition: learning from young adults’ experiences of moving into energy efficient accommodation

Adrienn was awarded a degree in Architecture and she became a licensed architect in 2011. She worked on a wide range of projects arching from designing residential buildings and office buildings to industrial building design, historic building rehabili …


Tina Schmieder

PhD

Tina Schmieder

1 April 2013 - present

Urban Retrofit and Financial Innovation - Decarbonising the UK domestic building stock

Tina Schmieder gained professional experience working in the finance, real estate and energy industries in Germany and the UK before focusing on her academic work. She holds a BA in International Business from the University of Hull and an MSc in Susta …


Xuan Shen

PhD

Xuan Shen

1 October 2013 - present

Climate-Change-Adaptation Public Street Renovation and its Practices in China’s Hot Summer and Cold Winter Areas

Xuan has significant work experience in urban planning in China. She has participated in various well known projects, such as the 2010 Shanghai EXPO overall master plan, Three Gorges Dam Regional Sustainable Urban Design and the Ecological master plan …


Nidh Suwantamalee

PhD

Nidh Suwantamalee

1 January 2014 - present

Lanna Colonial Architecture

Nidh graduated with an MA. Interior and Spatial Design from the University of Hertfordshire in 2011. She is an experienced interior designer in London and a consultant for dwelling designs in the UK. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of …


Ahmed Taher

PhD

Ahmed Taher

1 April 2015 - present

Retrofit for Heritage Buildings in Alexandria

Ahmed Kamal is an architect and a teaching assistant at the Arab Academy for Science & Technology (AAST) in Alexandria, Egypt, specialising in the field of heritage buildings and their development. He obtained his Architectural Bachelors degree in …


Lui Tam

PhD

Lui Tam

1 October 2017 - present

Sustainable Conservation of Timber Architectural Heritage in East Asia

Lui Tam obtained her Masters of Science in Conservation of Monuments and Sites at the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC) at KU Leuven, Belgium. Prior to her Masters degree, she trained as an architectural archaeologist and a …


Suet-In (Sherine) Tsang

PhD

Suet-In (Sherine) Tsang

1 October 2014 - present

Multi-parametric Analysis for Green Building Design

Sherine Tsang received her Bachelors degree with First Class Honour and Dean’s Honour List from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2011. She has been a part-time PhD student of the Welsh School of Architecture since October 2014 She has been worki …


Ming Yeung (Jason) Tse

PhD

Ming Yeung (Jason) Tse

1 October 2014 - present

Optimized model for the Energy Performance of a Large Atrium Space

Jason graduated on Dean’s Honours List with First Class Honours in Building Services Engineering from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2011. He joined the Welsh School of Architecture as a part-time PhD student in October 2014. He is currently w …


Fabrizio Varriale

PhD

Fabrizio Varriale

1 April 2013 - present

Investigating the feasibility and the potential benefits of establishing regional supply chains of renewable insulation products in Wales

Fabrizio Varriale gained his Bachelor and Masters degrees in architectural design at Universita’ di Roma Tre. In Rome he also worked in an architects’ office and as freelance architect. To pursue his passion for sustainable construction, he achieved an …


PhD

Diana Waldron

1 August 2015 - present


Chris Whitman

PhD

Chris Whitman

1 October 2014 - present

Low Carbon Retrofit of Historic Timber-Framed Buildings

Chris is a British architect with 15 years of experience both in practice and academia. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art with a six month Erasmus exchange at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and an ILAUD summer school in Venice …


Hilary Wyatt

PhD

Hilary Wyatt

1 October 2016 - present

Towards the Development of a Sustainable Framework for the Coherent Conservation of Historic Small-Scale Tidal Harbours in the UK

Following a successful career in film and TV, Hilary re-trained in 2006 for a new career in the historic built environment. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Surveying from Reading (with Distinction 2009) and a Master of Science in Sustainable Buildi …


Likun Yang

PhD

Likun Yang

1 October 2016 - present

Redesigning Abandoned Industrial Buildings in Taiyuan City for Ecological and Social Sustainability

Likun Yang completed her MA in Interior Design at the University of Brighton. Prior to that she attained a distinction for her BA in Environmental Art and Design at Xi’an University of Technology, China.


Shariffah SY Yusoff Fadzil

PhD

Shariffah SY Yusoff Fadzil

1 April 2014 - present

Analysis of the life cycle impacts of temporary shelters in disaster flood area of Malaysia

Shariffah SY Yusoff Fadzil has 12 years’ experience as an architect. Working at various private and semi private architectural companies in Birmingham, United Kingdom. She became a chartered architect (Part 3 RIBA) in 1999 and has a Certificate members …


Xinshuang Zhang

PhD

Xinshuang Zhang

- present

Sustainable Retrofit of Communities in China - How to Improve the Existing Cities

Xinshuang Zhang has achieved her Bachelor degree of Architecture in Architectural Design (Distinction) from Chang’an University (2005 – 2010), and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Design of Buildings from the Welsh School of Architecture, Ca …


Kenan Zhang

PhD

Kenan Zhang

3 January 2011 - present

Low Carbon Transformation of Rural Dwellings in Guangdong Province, China: Using CO2e Emissions as an Indicator to Inform Decision-Making.

Kenan Zhang is a building services engineer with degrees in built environmental and HVAC engineering from Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology, China (BEng, 2004 and MEng, 2007). Her interest in sustainable and integrated low carbon design l …