Welsh School of Architecture staff

Dr Eleni Ampatzi

Dr Eleni Ampatzi
Research Group Architectural Science Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB
Email Ampatzie@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 4603
Fax 029 2087 6401


Eleni holds a PhD in Architectural Science and a Masters Degree in the Environmental Design of Buildings. She is qualified as an architect and has practiced architecture in Greece.

Research Interests

Eleni's main research interests lie in the integration of low carbon system services into real buildings, addressing this multi-disciplinary subject from different perspectives. Her research deals with the application of advanced dynamic thermal simulation tools in a holistic system-design approach that combines understanding of both the building and the system and aims at creating efficient synergies between the two. Further to this multi-perspective approach, she investigates renewable energy deployment opportunities at different scales - from the resource potential (regional, topographical, climatic aspects) down to technical feasibility and relation to demands (built environment, obstructions, human factors) using Geographical Information System (GIS) tools.

Research Activities

She has contributed to the 'Scenario Modelling for a Low Carbon Wales', a cross-cutting theme of the Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI), focusing on the spatially disaggregated energy demands of the Welsh built environment and the energy supply opportunities arising from localised low carbon energy generation. Within this work, she led the regional scale assessment of Wales' solar energy resource sub-task, which investigates the spatial variation of insolation and the shadowing effects across Wales.

The importance of employing thermal energy storage technologies to enable the use of renewable heat has been one of the focus points of her PhD work and has been linked to her participation at PREHEAT, a European funded project for policy reinforcement of heat storage technologies. Her PhD work dealt in particular with the potential contribution that solar thermal systems might have in reducing the energy needs for thermal comfort and hot water preparation in Welsh dwellings.

Teaching Profile
  • MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings (Course Leader)
  • Dissertation Supervisor