Welsh School of Architecture staff

Clarice Bleil De Souza

Clarice Bleil De Souza
Research Group Architectural Science Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB
Email Bleildesouzac@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 5969
Fax 029 2087 4623

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I have a PhD in Architectural Science and an MSc in Civil Engineering. I am a qualified architect and have worked in practice as an architect and environmental consultant in Brazil.

Research interests

My research focus on integrating building thermal physics throughout the whole building design process, exploring the problem-solving side of design thinking and how it affects and is affected by the use of computer tools, especially the environmental design ones.

I am interested in the debate on paradigms involved in engineering and architecture design problem-solving, considering the worldviews behind them, how these paradigms are used to articulate representation systems and practices and how these representation systems and practices are related to environmental computer tools used, or to be used, in the everyday activities of the practitioners.

Specific interests

Designers interpret and manipulate building thermal physics information differently from building physics experts. Therefore, my current research focuses on producing building thermal physics information within the framework of how designers think, imagining building designers as the main simulation tool users. I adopt a user-centred approach to the problem and use interdisciplinary methods from: Interaction Design, Information Visualisation, and Qualitative research methods from the Social Sciences (Thematic Analysis and Grounded Theory) together with Building Design theory and Dynamic Thermal Modelling theory."

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