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


Heba holds a PhD from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, the University of Nottingham. She holds an MSc and BSc in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University and Ain Shams University in Egypt. She is currently undertaking the Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (PCUTL) at Cardiff University.


Heba is responsible for teaching in the Architectural Science Masters (ASM) programme by leading and co-leading core and specialist modules. Heba launched the new MSc in Sustainable Mega-Buildings with Professor Phillip Jones in 2013. She is also responsible for managing and establishing international links between the WSA and recognisable HEIs globally. Heba organised and led the first international summer programme at the WSA for undergraduates and recent graduates in summer 2013, Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme.

Research interests

Heba's research interests lie in the area of energy policy and carbon emission reduction initiatives, globally and in the UK. She is interested in exploring people's energy consumption behaviour and lifestyles and how policy programmes are influenced by those factors. Heba's genuine interest in sustainable design in 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 also has considerable interest in sustainable urban development of cultural heritage sites. Heba has several peer-reviewed papers published and presented at remarkable conferences in the USA, Belgium, Netherlands, Bahrain, Portugal, Germany and the UK.

Research activities

Heba has recently completed a research project in joint 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 field work survey was performed 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. She has also been involved in the strategic urban development of villages in Egypt funded by the MOHUUD and UN-HABITAT.

Teaching profile

Heba has an intensive eleven-year experience in teaching, academic research, and architectural practice. She has worked as a part time lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, teaching Technology and Environment in Architecture to undergraduate students. Heba has also been leading workshops in Architectural Research Methods for postgraduate students in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham 2010-2012. Heba has also been studio tutor in undergraduate Design Communication Studio in the same department 2009-2012. She has been invited as a guest lecturer in Management of Energy Supply and Use module for MSc and BEng students at the University of Nottingham. At the WSA, Heba is co leading the new MSc in Sustainable Mega-Buildings and is responsible for leading and co-leading the course specialist modules:

  • Sustainable Mega-Buildings Overview (10 credits)
  • Sustainable Service Systems for Mega-Buildings (20 credits)
  • Sustainable Mega-Buildings Design (30 credits)

Modules taught at the WSA:

  • Primitives: Research Methods as a core module for the ASM programme
  • Earth and Society as a core module for ASM students and elective module for MSc Sustainable Energy & Environment, School of Engineering
  • Building Fabric as a core module for the ASM programme
  • Passive Design as a specialist module in MSc EDB
  • Environmental Design in Practice, the project module in MSc EDB
  • Environmental Design Applications as a specialist module for MSc EDB
  • Workshops and drop-in sessions to support MSc students in the 60-credit Dissertation module

Dissertation supervisor: PhD, MSc