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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
Campuses
3.24A, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Gabriela's main research interest is in the field of energy performance and building sustainability. Her work focuses on the human factors (people's actions, behaviours) that affect the performance of buildings. She applies monitoring techniques, social science theories and social science research methods to investigate the nexus between technical and human aspects of performance.

She has investigated human factors in performance and sustainability both in design process and in buildings in operation. Her work on existing buildings looks at the nexus between occupants' behaviours/practices, resulting indoor environment (thermal comfort in particular) and building performance. This aims to nudge behaviours/practices to address performance challenges.  Her work in design looks at how designers articulate and embed performance and sustainability requirements in the design process. This aims to identify lessons from design process to improve performance in later stages of the building life cycle. She is interested in interdisciplinary work looking at these matters in design processes and in different building types, in particular school buildings.

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
  • Module Leader: Architectural Technology 3

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

Biography

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 has research experience in the UK, in the USA and in Ecuador.

She is an architect with an interest in applying socio-technical approaches to investigate sustainable buildings, building performance, design process & designers' knowledge. She is interested in the nexus between people-technology in operation and in design stages.

Gabriela's main research interest is in the field of energy performance and building sustainability. Her work investigates how human factors (people's actions, behaviours) affect the performance of buildings. She applies monitoring techniques, social science theories/methods 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, focusing on the nexus between occupants' practices and resulting building performance. Her work in design investigates the use of tools and the processes enacted by practitioners to embed performance considerations in building design.

External activities

Journal Reviewer at:

  • 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

  • Member of the pool of reviewers of Newton Fund for the British Council, Newton UNESCO, Commonwealth Scholarships
  • External examiner and reviewer of PhD thesis internationally and as internal examiner in WSA

Publications

2020

2019

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

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)

Technology and architecture integration (Architectural Technology 3)

Social science methods applied to architecture and built environment research

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

Gabriela's main research interest is in the field of energy performance and building sustainability. Her work focuses on the human factors (people's actions, behaviours) that affect the performance of buildings. She applies monitoring techniques, social science theories and social science research methods to investigate the nexus between technical and human aspects of performance. Her work considers the perspective of multiple stakeholders to learn from practices and behaviours in design and operation stages to address performance challenges.

Research interests

  • Socio-technical perspectives and building performance evaluation to analyse environmental and energy performance in buildings and built environment, with focus on users' perspectives
  • Social science methods and theories in built environment research, particularly applied to investigate(1) the nexus between occupants and resulting building performance and (2) design process and architectural practice
  • User studies in design and operational stages (occupant-building technologies; designers- energy/building performance, indoor environment, analysis of design tools and design process)
  • Design process studies focused on building performance, low energy design, sustainability in buildings, occupant-centred design
  • School buildings as research sites to explore the research interests above

Research activities

COST Action RESTORE  REthinking Sustainability TOwards a Regenerative Economy, WP3 Restorative buildings and operations

Member of international research initiative 'Contextual differences in the perception of thermal comfort scales'

BREEAM actual vs. predicted performance (funded by the Building Research Establishment). Investigation of user practices using social science research methods in 4 non-domestic buildings, including 2 schools 

Impact Accelerator Account (IAA) Monitoring toolkits for housing associations Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (Co-I) 

Maes yr Onn- Performance and human studies of an Off-grid house (funded by Constructing Excellence Wales) 

Social perceptions and use of water in Green Infrastructure- comparative study in Indonesia, USA, UK (funded by a Global Innovation Initiative, Institute of International Education (IIE, USA)

Supervision

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

  • Human factors that affect the performance of buildings (ie. occupant's practices & perceptions, management practices)
  • Energy and environmental performance of buildings using socio-technical theories and social science methodologies
  • Nexus between indoor environment (ie 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, including discrepancies between as-designed intentions and measured in-use performance
  • Design process for low energy performance and sustainability
  • School buildings as research sites to investigate the topics above

Current supervision

Amalia Banteli

Amalia Banteli

Research student

Hameda Janahi

Research student

Siya Duan

Siyu Duan

Research student