Dr Jo Patterson PhD

Research Fellow, Chair of Staff Meeting

+44 (0)29 2087 4754
T.16, Bute Building
Research group:
Architectural Science Group
Office hours:
Part time (Monday - Thursday)


Technical project manager for WEFO funded LCRI Convergence Programme funded Solcer and LCBE projects together with Grant holder and WG4 lead on the COST Action Smart Energy Regions.

Research interests

Dr Jo Patterson is a Research Fellow at the Welsh School of Architecture with over 19 years of experience in the development and delivery of fundamental and applied research projects in the area of sustainability in the built environment with a particular focus on energy. Many of these projects have involved the assembly and management of multidisciplinary groups from Wales, the UK and Europe including both academic industrial and government partners, with project funded by the Welsh Government and WEFO, TSB, EU COST, EU 5th Framework, EPSRC and industrial funding.

Recent research has focussed on combining renewable energy supply, storage and demand technologies (systems based approach) in housing and communities; investigating the drivers and barriers that encourage the uptake of low carbon system technologies both in the UK and Europe. Previous research includes urban energy modelling for domestic properties and transport networks; evaluation tools for urban sustainability; housing and neighbourhoods and health; and sustainable schools. Jo completed her PhD on ‘Urban scale modelling of traffic and cycling flow using space syntax modelling’ in 2014. Current research aims to consolidate previous research in the improvement of existing built environments to enhance quality of life and sustainability, providing evidence on how this can be achieved.

Research supervisor

Main expertise

Investigating the potential and ‘operationalising’ low carbon technologies at different scales and within different sectors of the built environment.

Supervision experience

1 PhD to completion, currently supervising 3 PhDs.

Additional supervision interests

Interests include implementation of low carbon technologies at different scales, urban scale sustainability, retrofitting the existing built environment.

Teaching profile

Undertake lectures and dissertation supervision on subjects related to research on the following courses:

MSC in Environmental Design of Buildings
MSC in Building Energy and Environmental Performance Modelling
MSc Theory & Practice of Sustainable Design,
MSc in Sustainable Energy and Environment
MArch (Master in Architecture)