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Dr Clarice Bleil De Souza PhD, MSc, BArch

Dr Clarice Bleil De Souza

PhD, MSc, BArch

Reader

Email
bleildesouzac@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5969
Campuses
Room T.09, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Clarice is a Reader at the Welsh School of Architecture working in the interdisciplinary area of decision-making in the built environment.

She is interested in exploring interdisciplinary aspects of decision-making including models and modelling applied to the areas of conventional design, sustainable design and regenerative design. She has done extensive work in user-centric building performance simulation and its integration throughout the design process in her teaching and research. She has a particular interest in decision-making in emergency, disaster management and post-disaster relief as well as decision-making in designing for harsh climates and decision-making in participatory design processes including low-income communities. Her work is highly interdisciplinary and she collaborates with other academics in the areas of Computer Science, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Urban Planning and Business.

Responsibilities:

  • Research
  • PhD and MSc supervision
  • MSc Dissertation coordination
  • MSc teaching - Research methods
  • Undergraduate teaching - Architecture Technology 1a
  • Ambassador in the Data Innovation Research Institute

Biography

Clarice is a Reader 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 and MSc students and has participated in projects funded by the European Commission, the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council UK) and the BRE (Building Research Establishment UK).

She is researching, teaching and supervising PhD and MSc students in the area of interdsiciplinary decision-making in the built environment using multi-domain digital models in conventional design, sustainable design and regenerative design. She has more than fifty peer-reviewed publications covering the areas of user-centric building performance simulation and its integration throughout the design process, digital decision-making in disaster management and post-disaster relief, decision-making in designing for harsh climates and in participatory design processes, and on the use of machine learning techniques to aid design decision-making. She sits in the editorial boards of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation (Taylor & Francis), Sustainable Design and Construction (Frontiers in Built Environment journal) as well as in the IBPSA England board apart from many international scientific conference committees, including the main Building Simulation (IBPSA – BS) conferences. She is an active reviewer for several Elsevier and Taylor & Francis journals and a member of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC – UK) college, assessing research grant applications for British Government engineering research programmes. She has been a PhD external examiner and invited to lecture in several Universities in the UK, EU and Russia, including the University College London (UCL – UK), the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL – Switzerland), Moscow Higher School of Economics (Russia), University of Pisa (Italy) among others and has been involved in prestigious programmes, such as the EU Cost Actions RESTORE and APPLY and the IEA Annex 79 occupant behaviour-centric building design and operation.

Honours and awards

Best paper award in BS Cairo 2019 - Al-Saadani, S. Bleil de Souza, C. (2019). Examining the fine print: A closer look at the building performance simulation ‘consumer’ and ‘performer’ training paradigms. BSCairo 2019: Simulation for sustainable built environment, Cairo, Egypt, 28-30 November 2019.

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)

Professional memberships

  • Journal Sustainble Design and Construction (Knowledge Frontier) - Editorial Board Member
  • Journal of Building Performance Simulation (Taylor & Francis) - Editorial Board Member
  • Board Member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association - IBPSA England
  • EPSRC Associate Peer Review College member (sitting on panels and reviewing funding applications).
  • 'Ambiente Construído' Revista da Associação Nacional de Tecnologia do Ambiente Construído ANTAC - Brasil - Editorial Board Member
  • Member of scientific committees of International Building Performance Simulation (IBPSA) Conferences and Building Simulation and Optimization (BSO) Conferences
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy – UK
  • Member of the Simulation Research Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), USA – Energy Plus Consultant

Speaking engagements

Guest lectures:

  • Moscow Higher School of Economics (Russia)
  • Moscow State University of Civil Engineering (Russia)
  • State University of Land Management and Planning (Russia)
  • University of Pisa (Italy)
  • University College London - UCL (UK)
  • Plymouth University (UK)
  • Hasselt University (Belgium)

Committees and reviewing

Peer reviewer on:

  • Journal of Building Performance Simulation (Taylor & Francis)
  • Building and Environment (Elsevier)
  • Automation in Construction (Elsevier)
  • Energy and Buildings (Elsevier)
  • Architectural Science Review (Taylor & Francis)
  • Sustainable Cities and Society (Elsevier)

PhD examinations:

  • PhD external examiner at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne EPFL – Switzerland.
  • PhD external exmanier at the University of Loughborough – UK.
  • PhD external examiner at the School of Architecture, Design and Environment - Plymouth University - UK
  • PhD external examiner at the school of architecture and urban design at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte - Brasil
  • PhD external examiner at the Faculty of Architecture & Arts, Hasselt University, Belgium
  • PhD internal examiner at the Welsh School of Architecture – Cardiff University

Publications

2021

2020

2019

2018

2016

2015

2013

2012

2009

2007

2006

2001

Teaching

Currently teaching:

  • MSc dissertations module (module leader)
  • MSc Architectural Science Research (Research Methods) module (module leader)
  • BSc Architectural Technology 1 module (module co-leader)
  • Supervises PhD and MSc students.

Past teaching responsibilities included:

  • BSc Architectural Technology 1a - module leader (learning fundamentals of building physics, site analysis and building construction)
  • 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 decision-making in the built environment.

Her research interests are in the areas of:

  • Computerized-evidence based decision making
  • User-centric building and urban simulations and their integration in the design process (by experts and designers)
  • Using digital tools for decision-making in Regenerative and Sustainable buildings and urban design
  • Decision-making in emergency, disaster management and post-disaster relief
  • Decision-making in participatory design processes
  • Decision-making in designing for harsh climates and low income communities
  • Community based design - Co-design
  • Decision-making and argumentation in interdisciplinary technical collaborations
  • Decision-making in design methods
  • Exploring the use of Machine Learning in decision-making

Clarice has an interdisciplinary research profile: She collaborates with other academics in the areas of Computer Science, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Urban Planning and Business.

She has experience in using 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:

  • EPSRC grant holder to represent the UK in the IEA EBC Annex 79: Occupant behaviour-centric building design and operation (until 2023)
  • Coordinating the Special Interest Group in Simulations and Scientific Visualizations - Cardiff University Data Innovation Research Institute
  • Co-leading with Dr. Reith the Special Issue “Regenerative Buildings and Beyond: Scale Jumping Sustainable and Net-Zero Designs to Regenerative Neighbourhoods, Districts, Communities, and Cities" in Sustainability MDPI (
  • https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/regenerative_buildings_beyond)
  • Laird, A., Robinson, AM., Bleil de Souza, C., Godefroy, J., Cheshire, D. AECOM / CIBSE webinar “Beyond Net-Zero” the launch of CIBSE: Sustainability Guide L - webinar delivered in 2020 to an audience of more than 1200 industry practitioners in the UK and worldwide (https://cibse.org/GuideL-Launch-webinar) September 2020.
  • COST Action RESTORE Final Conference – Panel discussion: Climate change & cities, circular economy approach from cities (guest panellist) December 2020.
  • Chairing Building Simulation and Optimization (BSO 2020) session on “Parametric Design”.
  • Leading Thematic Session “Computerized evidence-based decision making” (part of the International Conference on Computational Science and Its Applications – ICCSA 2020), In collaboration with the University of Pisa (Italy) and the University of Brescia (Italy).
  • IBPSA Education, Webinar Series 2, 2019 (2 webinars delivered in 2019 to an audience of around 200 people worldwide) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9yz7ss2H_0&feature=youtu.be) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Vguwsz4X8&feature=youtu.be
  • Guest lecturing at: DESTEC University of Pisa (Italy), Moscow State University of Civil Engineering MGSU, State University of Land Management and Planning, Moscow Higher School of Economics – HSE (Russia)   
  • Member of COST Action CA17132 EU Network for public policy argumentation and public policy analysis (APPLY)
  • Member of EU Restore COST Action (CA 16114) working in joint publications and short term scientific mission with academics and practitioners from several different EU countries on the use of parametric design tools in Regenerative design practices

Supervision

Topics:

Areas of decision-making and modelling (urband and buildnig scale), including:

  • Computerized-evidence based decision making
  • Using digital tools for decision-making in Regenerative and Sustainable design
  • Decision-making in emergency, disaster management and post-disaster relief
  • Decision-making in participatory design processes
  • Decision-making in designing for harsh climates and low income communities
  • Community based design - Co-design
  • Decision-making and argumentation in interdisciplinary technical collaborations
  • Decision-making in design methods
  • Exploring the use of Machine Learning in decision-making
  • User-centric building and urban performance simulations and their integration in the design process

Current supervision

Aydin Gizem

Gizem Parlak

Research student

Reem Okasha

Reem Okasha

Research student

Shuye Wang

Shuye Wang

Research student

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Jue Zhou

Research student

Past projects

  • Camilla Pezzica - "Temporary Housing and Transitional Urbanism: Planning for sustainable post-disaster recovery under uncertainty." Jointly supervised with Prof. Valerio Cuttini from the University of Pisa (Italy) awarded ‘Cum Laude’.
  • Clara L. Lorenz - "Daylight Design Exploration Using Parametric Processes and Artificial Neural Networks." Co-supervised by Prof. Benjamin Spaeth from Technical University of Lubeck (Germany).
  • Oluwafeyikemi H. Akinwolemiwa - "Participatory Development of Affordable Vertical Greening Systems and its impact on indoor comfort for low income groups in Lagos, Nigeria” (awarded 2017)
  • Sara Al-Saadani – “A mixed-methods exploration of non-technical barriers in collaboration for building performance simulation use in architectural decision-making.” (awarded 2013)