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Dr Gabriela Zapata-Lancaster PhD. Arch, MSc. Arch, BSc. Arch.

Dr Gabriela Zapata-Lancaster

PhD. Arch, MSc. Arch, BSc. Arch.

Lecturer

Email:
zapatag@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0643
Location:
3.24A, Adeilad Bute, Rhodfa'r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3NB
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Responsibilities

  • Programme Leader: MSc Advanced Building Performance Evaluation
  • Module Leader: Earth and Society
  • Module Leader: Perspectives on Performance
  • Module Leader:Post Occupancy Evaluation for Sustainable Building Management

Tutorials, lectures, workshops and other teaching activities in undergraduate and posgraduate modules in different programmes in WSA.

External activities

Journal Reviewer:

  • Building Research and Information
  • Energy Research and Social Science
  • Indoor Built Environment
  • Journal of Building Pathology
  • Architectural Engineering and Design Management
  • Energy Policy

Other responsibilities

  • Chair of the Ethics Committee in the Welsh School of Architecture
  • WSA Low Carbon Summer School academic lead
  • Member of the pool of reviewers of Newton Fund for the British Council, Newton UNESCO
  • External examiner of PhD thesis

Gabriela is a Lecturer in the Welsh School of Architecture. She holds a PhD in Architecture from Cardiff University (funded by a Building Research Establishment PhD studentship) and a Master Degree in Architecture Building Technologies from the Georgia Institute of Technology, USA (funded by Fulbright/Senacty grant).

She is an architect with an interest in applying socio-technical approaches to investigate sustainable buildings, building performance, design process & designers' knowledge.  She has research experience in the UK, in the USA and in Ecuador.

Gabriela's main research interest is in the field of energy performance and assessment of building sustainability. Her work investigates how human factors (people's actions, behaviours) affect the performance of buildings. She applies monitoring techniques, social sciences and user-centred methodologies to investigate the nexus between technical and human aspects of performance. She has experience on building performance evaluation (BPE) and sustainability assessment in both design and operational phases. Her work in operational phase has looked at the relation between thermal comfort and energy efficiency. Her work in design investigates the use of tools and processes enacted by practitioners to embed performance considerations in building design.

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

  • Crobu, E.et al. 2013. Simple simulation sensitivity tool. Presented at: BS2013: 13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambery, France, 26-28 August 2013Proceedings of BS2013:13th Conference of International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambéry, France, August 26-28. Chambery: IBPSA pp. 417-424.
  • Crobu, E.et al. 2013. Simple simulation sensitivity tool. Presented at: Building Simulation 2013 (BS2013): 13th International Conference of the International Building Performance Simulation Association, Chambéry, France, 25-28 August 2013.

2012

2011

  • Zapata Poveda, M. G. and Alsaadani, S. 2011. Deciphering design process - Using qualitative methods to inform collaborative built environment research. Presented at: COBRA 2011, Salford, UK, 12-13 September 2011 Presented at Ruddock, L. et al. eds.COBRA 2011 Proceedings of RICS Construction and Property Conference. pp. 1065-1074.
  • Zapata Poveda, M. G. and Tweed, A. C. 2011. From low carbon policy intent to design practice. Presented at: PLEA 2011: 27th Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 13-15 July 2011 Presented at Bodart, M. and Evrard, A. eds.Plea 2011 - Architecture & Sustainable Development (vol 2): 27th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses universitaires de Louvain pp. 71-76.

Teaching profile

Principles and positions on sustainability theory and practice (Earth and Society)

Theory and practice of building performance evaluation, Energy policies, regulations and standards to promote energy efficiency and carbon reductions, Positions and ways of thinking about building performance drawing from Systems Theory, Performance-based Theories, Philosophy and Social Sciences (Perspectives on Performance)

Socio-technical approaches to investigate building performance (Post Occupancy Evaluation for Sustainable Building Management)

Social science methods applied to architecture and built environment research

Contribution to lectures and tutorials on passive design, post occupancy evaluation, energy regulations, research methods in undergraduate and posgraduate modules in WSA

Research interests

  • Socio-technical perspectives to analyse environmental and energy performance in buildings and built environment, with focus on users' perspectives
  • Building Performance Evaluation
  • Social science methods in built environment research
  • User studies in design and operational stages (occupant-building technologies; designers- energy/building performance analysis design tools)
  • Design process studies focused on building performance, low energy design, sustainability

I am interested in supervising PhD students with an interest in applying socio-technical approaches to investigate:

  • Design process for low energy performance and sustainability
  • Human factors that affect the performance of buildings
  • Energy and environmental performance of buildings using socio-technical approaches
  • Nexus between thermal comfort and energy consumption in buildings
  • People and technology interactions in the context of energy efficiency and/or performance-based requirements (in design and in operational phases)
  • Connections between design process and operational performance

Goruchwyliaeth gyfredol

Amalia Banteli

Amalia Banteli

Research student

Hameda Janahi

Research student

Siya Duan

Siyu Duan

Research student