Dr Clarice Bleil De Souza PhD, MSc, BArch

Dr Clarice Bleil De Souza

PhD, MSc, BArch

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 5969
T.09, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision


MSc teaching - Research methods
MSc dissertation coordination
PhD, MSc and MArch supervisions

External activities

  • EPSRC Associate Peer Review College member
  • A fellow of the Higher Education Academy – UK
  • Member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association - IBPSA England
  • Member of the Simulation Research Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA – Energy Plus Consultant
  • Member of Editorial Board of “Ambiente Construido” – Revista da Associacao Nacional de Tecnologia do Ambiente Construido ANTAC – Brasil
  • Registered as an Architect in Brazil

Other information

Awards: Best paper award for 2014-15 – Journal of Building Performance Simulation:
Bleil de Souza, C., & Tucker, S. (2015) “Thermal simulation software outputs: a conceptual data model of information presentation for building design decision making” Journal of Building Performance Simulation 9(3), pp. 227-254. (10.1080/19401493.2015.1030450)

Peer review:

  • Automation in constructions
  • Building and Environmental
  • Journal of Building Performance Simulation
  • Energy and Buildings
  • Building Simulation and Optimization conferences (member of scientific committee - BSO)
  • International Building Performance Simulation Conferences (member of scientific committee - IBPSA)

Clarice is a Senior Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
Prior to this, she worked as a researcher in the UK and as a practitioner and environmental consultant in Brazil. She has a PhD in architectural sciences (Cardiff University - UK), an MSc in civil engineering (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS- Brasil) and is a qualified architect (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul – UFRGS- Brasil). She supervises and examines PhD, MSc and MArch students and has participated in projects funded by the European Commission, the BRE and the EPSRC.

She works in the area of integrating building physics and machine learning to building design, collaboration in the AEC industry and community-based design in developing countries. She has done extensive work in integrating building physics throughout the building design process in her teaching and research activities. This integration included not only looking at building performance simulation in conventional building design but also in examining how physics can be used in community design decision making. She has worked with community design of earth-sheltered houses in Brazil and recently completed an EPSRC (GCRF) pump-priming project related to vertical green systems in Lagos – Nigeria.












Teaching profile

Leads: MSc dissertations module
MSc Architectural Science Research (Research Methods) module.
Supervises PhD, MSc and MArch students.
Past teaching responsibilities included:

  • BSc Architectural Technology 3 – module leader (learning fundamentals of modular coordination systems, framed structures, building thermal physics and building construction by engaging the students in a design activity, specifically tailored for them to experiments with the concepts learnt)
  • MSc Explorations in Modelling – module leader (undertaking a mini-research exercise to ‘think outside the box’ and explore a modelling aspect that either potentially provides insights into further developments on this field or shows an original approach to the solution of a practical problem)
  • MSc teaching of Building Performance Modelling – Co-leader (learning fundamentals of dynamic thermal modelling and applying them to a controlled design-refurbishment exercise)
  • BSc Design Studio Teaching Year 3

Research interests

Clarice is interested in exploring interdisciplinary aspects of building design from a user-centric perspective. Her research interests are in the areas of:

  • Integrating building physics and building performance simulation throughout the building design process considering mainly the building designer way of working
  • Collaboration in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry focusing on collaboration outcomes as a useful ‘product’ to all involved stakeholders
  • Integrating Artificial Intelligence into building design decision-making considering mainly the needs of building designers
  • Community-based/ participatory environmental design in developing countries

Her research experience includes the use of different research methods mainly from the Social Sciences (thematic analysis, grounded theory, participatory action research, etc.), ‘classic’ engineering (simulation, experimental design, etc.) and Human Computer Interaction (surveys, diaries, etc.).

Recent work involves:

  • Coordinating a Special Issue about ‘Building Performance Simulation and the User’ in the Journal of Building Performance Simulation
  • Proposing a user-centred approach to produce meaningful simulation outputs for design decision making
  • Examining collaboration between building designers and building physicists / M&E consultants
  • Enhancing understanding on design decision making and problem solving through machine learning methods
  • Working with community co-design of technologies for the built environment plus the business system to construct and commercialize them in developing countries

Clarice has examined PhD students in the UK and the EU and has been involved in the supervision of research work related to collaboration in the AEC industry, social housing, temporary housing, building simulation software interface design, vertical green systems in developing countries, integrating daylight optimization to the building design process, fenestration optimization in building design, to site a few.

She welcomes PhD research proposals in the areas of building physics in building design, machine learning in building design, collaboration in the AEC industry and community based design in developing countries.