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Dr Aikaterini Chatzivasileiadi M.Arch, MSc, PhD

Dr Aikaterini Chatzivasileiadi

M.Arch, MSc, PhD

Research Associate

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T.15, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB


Aikaterini (Katerina) is currently working as a Research Associate on the Leverhulme Trust funded project titled “Enhancing the representation of architectural space in 3D modelling environments.” The project aims at using a technique called non-manifold topology to significantly influence architectural computing and architectural practice and to ultimately improve the experience of people who use buildings. This research will challenge the current Building Information Modelling orthodoxy through the development of a more appropriate representation of architectural space so that it is available both for immediate use in conceptual design and as a partner technology in a future unified computational design system. Her main responsibilities include:

  • To conduct interdisciplinary research in the areas of energy analysis, computational geometry and building information modelling for architecture;
  • To conduct research using surveys and questionnaires, user trials and focus groups and carrying out data analysis using rigorous quantitative and qualitative research methodologies;
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions and explore future research requirements;
  • To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals;
  • To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions regionally and nationally, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities.

External activities

Katerina is currently collaborating with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), contributing to the development of a Code of Practice on the integration of battery storage technologies in buildings. In addition, she is the editor of the 6th issue of the ArchiDOCT e-journal, devoted to Eco-Architecture, as well as a reviewer in the Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews journal. She has also served as PhD student representative and has organized a number of conferences. In terms of professional memberships and qualifications, she is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a CIBSE member, an IET member and a registered architect in the Technical Chamber of Greece.

Other information

Katerina has received funding from the British Council through the Newton Fund to participate in renewable energy and energy security related workshops in Turkey and Kazakhstan. She has also contributed to the development of research funding proposals.

Aikaterini (Katerina) is qualified as an Architect (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009) and holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Design of Buildings from the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University, UK. She has practiced architecture at A. Tombazis and Associates Architects in Greece and has worked on both national and international projects. She has also pursued a PhD in Architectural Science at WSA (2012-2016) and her research was on the choice and architectural implications of battery storage technologies in residential buildings.

During her PhD, she worked in the Solcer project on the analysis of monitoring data from retrofitted dwellings with PV and integrated battery storage technologies in Wales. She also spent some research time as a visiting researcher at PennState University, US, where she investigated a demand response use case for the Li-ion battery in the zero net-energy research home of the GridStar centre. Her current research includes an inter-disciplinary project on enhancing the representation of architectural space in 3D modeling environments, funded by the Leverhulme Trust.











Teaching profile

Katerina has served as a teaching assistant in the MSc Sustainable Mega-Buildings course in 2015-16 and has co-organised the Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme (LCASP) in 2016. Her current teaching relates closely to the research interests described above. She gives lectures and tutorials in the MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings and MSc Sustainable Mega-Buildings courses on topics related to the energy use in buildings, energy storage and performance-based design software tools. She is also supervising and assessing MSc dissertations.

Research interests

Katerina’s research interests include energy use in buildings, renewable energy, energy storage and mainly battery storage technologies, demand response and energy performance simulation in buildings.

External profiles