Welsh School of Architecture staff

Dr Heba Elsharkawy

Heba Elsharkawy
Research Group Architectural Science Group
Address Bute Building,
King Edward VII Avenue
CF10 3NB
Email ElsharkawyH@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone 029 2087 0217
Fax 029 2087 4623

Profile Publications Teaching profile Projects

Heba joined the Welsh School of Architecture as a Lecturer in May 2012. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and holds a PhD from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, the University of Nottingham, UK. Heba holds an MSc and BSc degrees in Architectural Engineering. She has worked in practice in various projects as a registered architect in the Middle East and North Africa.


Heba is co-leading the new MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings. She is module leader for Sustainable Mega Building Overview, Sustainable Mega Building Design Project, and co-leading Sustainable Service Systems. She is also responsible for teaching in the Architectural Science Masters (ASM) programmes by leading core modules; Architectural Science Research and Dissertations.

Heba is deputy PI for the Newton Institutional Links project with Egypt. She is responsible for supervising postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students in research related to the sustainable design of the built environment, energy policy, and sustainable energy consumption.

Heba is director of the annual international summer programme; Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme (LCASP) at the WSA. The programme has raised significant interest internationally and generates very positive feedback from participants. She is actively involved in developing external networks and facilitating international outreach activities. She is coordinating the current collaborative agreement between Cardiff University and the British University in Dubai (BUiD).

Heba is a member in Cardiff University Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT) and is a member in the WSA Athena SWAN SAT. She is also a member in the University Race Equality Charter Mark SAT.

Research interests

Heba's genuine interest in sustainable design of the built environment has always been the underpinning concept for various research and teaching activities she has undertaken. She developed particular interest in sustainable planning and design of mega-buildings. This particular interest has been partially catalysed by the fact that the principles of designing in the context of climatic variations have been well advanced for the design of low-rise and medium-rise buildings but have yet to be developed for high-rise and large-scale buildings. Hence, the current environmental agenda and focus on sustainability raises the significance of sustainable mega-buildings, the main driver for launching the new MSc programme.

Heba's research interests also lie in the area of energy policy and retrofit programmes globally and in the UK. She is interested in exploring people's energy consumption behaviour and lifestyles and how policy programmes should be influenced by those factors.

Research activities

Heba received a successful Newton Institutional Links project, funded by the British Council (total grant 299,890 GBP) running until 2017.

Heba currently supervises 4 PhD students in the following topics: Approaches to Sky Court Design and Performance For High-Rise Buildings in Arid Regions, Project Management of Sustainable Urban Planning in the UAE, Reduced Energy Consumption in Kuwait.

Heba completed her PhD research project in partnership between the University of Nottingham, Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham Energy Partnership. In this research, 'before-and-after design' survey design is set up to explore the associations between variables under study. The fieldwork survey was undertaken in one of the pilot CESP schemes currently under delivery in the Aspley area of Nottingham. Designed and executed in two survey phases, the first phase sought to understand residents' attitudes and behaviour and explore how this related to home energy use and performance prior to extensive energy-related upgrades to their dwellings. The second survey phase sought to examine changes in users' energy consumption behaviour and dwelling performance after their homes were upgraded to higher energy efficiency standards. This second phase also explored the possible reasons for any behavioural change depicted; whether it was due to policy uptake, information provided or means of communicating energy saving advice. The outcome was an examination of the likely impacts of the policy on energy consumption behaviour, together with investigating how implementing the policy could lead to the anticipated outcome.

Heba's research experience expands with her participation in a number of research projects. She participated in the European Commission funded EDUCATE project (Environmental Design in University Curricula and Architectural Training in Europe), through the University of Nottingham as a partner.