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Dr Vicki Stevenson SFHEA, Chartered Energy Engineer, FEI MIMMM

Dr Vicki Stevenson

SFHEA, Chartered Energy Engineer, FEI MIMMM

Reader, Course Director for MSc Environmental Design of Buildings, Director of Postgraduate Research

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I am Course Director for MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/environmental-design-of-buildings-msc) and have had a key role in its recent refresh which will be launched in autumn 2023!  As Convenor of Architectural Science Masters I have responsibility for shared elements between my own course and the MSc Sustainable Mega Buildings.

I am the School Champion for Education on Sustainability and contribute to other courses run in the school on sustainability topics.

I am Director of Post Graduate Research with overall responsibility for PGRs studying in the school.  I also supervise a number of PhD students in topics related to energy efficiency, passive design, whole life carbon, sustainable materials, renewable energy generation and storage, energy efficiency.

External activities

Committee Member (previously Chair, Vice Chair, Membership & Education Officer) for South West and South Wales branch of Energy Institute.


After several years as an industrial researcher and completing my Eng D in glazed thermal solar collectors, I joined the Welsh School of Architecture as a researcher in 2006. During that period, I was involved in a range of research and engagement/dissemination projects including:

  • Built Environment Sustainability Training
  • Welsh Energy Sector Training
  • Low Carbon Built Environment
  • Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration
  • Development of Sustainable Hydrogen
  • Sustainable Environmental Improvements in the Commercial Sector

I was appointed as Lecturer (2015), then Senior Lecturer (2019) and most recently Reader (2022).  I value my role as Course Director for MSc Environmental Design of Buildings (https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught/courses/course/environmental-design-of-buildings-msc) for the opportunity it gives me to guide so many talented graduates into a profession which will benefit from their skills!  Similarly, I've enjoyed the opportunity to work with several Post Graduate Researchers as they progress through their doctoral studies.  I take great pride in their successes!

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

  • Senior Fellow: Advance HE 2019
  • Teaching Excellence Nomination (Cardiff University) 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer for "Energy and Building" Journal
  • WISE Excellence Award Finalist 2010
  • EBP Award for Curriculum Support 2010
  • WISE Excellence Award Finalist 2009
  • Fellow: Energy Institute 2006
  • Chartered Engineer / Member: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining 1998

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

  • Senior Fellow - Advance HE
  • Fellow of Energy Institute
  • Chartered Energy Engineer
  • Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • Chartered Engineer

Safleoedd academaidd blaenorol

  • 2019 - current: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2015-2019: Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2013-2015: Project Manager - Welsh Energy Sector Training, Cardiff University
  • 2008-2013: Research Associate, Cardiff University
  • 2006-2008: Research Assistant, Cardiff University
  • 2000-2002: Product Manager, IQE
  • 1992-2002: Research Officer, British Steel / Tata

Ymrwymiadau siarad cyhoeddus

  • Guest Speaker and Session Chair ICEEE (2020)
  • Cardiff University Virtual Summer School (2020)
  • Lecturing visit to South China University of Technology (2014)
  • Guest Speaker for Newport materials Society (2014)
  • 50th Menelaus Lecture / 25th Anniversary of WISE (2009)
  • Scottish Parliament Cross Party Science and Technology Group (2009)
  • UK Atomic Energy Authority, Culham Science Centre (2009)
  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (2009)
  • Engineering UK Visiting Lecturer (2008-2010)

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu

  • Grant reviewer EPSRC
  • Grant reviewer Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain
  • Journal reviewer - Energy and Building
  • Journal reviewer - Detritus
  • Topic Editor - Sustainability Journal
  • Member of Energy Institute College
  • Scientific Committee - Master's Conference, NCEUB

















Course Director:


  • Passive Strategies and Design
  • Renewable energy generation and storage
  • Whole life Carbon Footprint (embodied and operational carbon in buildings)
  • Personal and Professional Responsibility
  • Sustainable Materials and Buildings
  • Structuring an Investigation

MSc Dissertation supervision

  • Passive Strategies and Design
  • Environmental impact of vegetated (green) roofs / facades
  • Whole life energy/carbon  in design (including embodied energy)
  • indoor air quality
  • Energy efficient refurbishment design
  • Impact of prefabricated construction on waste
  • Sustainability of materials in the built environment including Circular Economy
  • Strategies for Zero/low carbon buildings
  • Social sustainability

Research interests

I have a strong interest in passive design, renewable energy generation and storage, sustainable materials, whole life energy and urban farming as it applies to the built environment. This includes:

  • The circular economy, whole life cost and embodied energy of construction materials,
  • The holistic sustainability of construction materials, including their impact on indoor air quality,
  • The relationship between energy saving / low energy technologies in buildings and occupant comfort - particularly indoor air quality.
  • Using my own house as a case study on topics including urban farming

    (https://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/green-futures/) and renewable energy generation and storage.


Supervision experience

Supervised 5 PhDs to successful completion. Currently primary supervisor for 4 PhDs and co-supervisor for 2 PhDs

Additional supervision interests

Happy to consider related architectural science topics, for example:

  • Sustainable materials
  • Embodied energy / water and carbon footprint of materials in construction
  • Indoor air quality in buildings

Goruchwyliaeth gyfredol

Amalia Banteli

Amalia Banteli

Research student

Chinedu Onyekwere

Chinedu (Esther) Onyekwere

Research student

Lizzie Wynn

Lizzie Wynn

Research student

Warangkana Juangjandee

Warangkana Juangjandee

Research student

Zhehao Cui

Zhehao Cui

Research student

Miltiadis Ionas

Research student

Past projects

  • Supervisor for Adedamola Ojerinde "The use of Rice Husk Ash (RHA) as stabilizer for Compressed Earth Block (CEB) for affordable houses" (awarded 2020)
  • Co-Supervisor for Kenan Zhang "An affordable nearly-zero energy townhouse prototype for China's future low-carbon housing" (awarded 2020)
  • Supervisor for Noor Aalhashem "Establishing appropriate Socio-Cultural and Environmental Design Strategies for residential buildings in Baghdad: Learning from the vernacular" (awarded 2020)
  • Supervisor for Hasan AlFarra "Architectural Integration of Transpired Solar Thermal Technology in Building Envelopes and Associated Technological Innovation Analysis" (awarded 2014)
  • Co-Supervisor for Jennifer Baxter "Technological Innovation Systems - hydrogen from waste" (awarded 2013)