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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
Location:
Room T.09, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision

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

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

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 works in the interdisciplinary area of design decision-making. She has done extensive work in user-centric building performance simulation and its integration in the design process in her teaching and research activities, looking at building simulation in Conventional, Sustainable and Regenerative design. She has a particular interest in urban and building performance and decision making methods in designing for harsh climates and low income communities but her work in decision making extends beyond performance. It also includes examining decision-making in emergency, disaster management and post-disaster relief and decision-making in participatory design processes and urban planning. She has worked with community design of earth-sheltered houses in Brazil and community built prototypes of vertical green systems in Lagos – Nigeria.

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 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
  • Building and Environmental
  • Automation in Construction
  • Energy and Buildings
  • Architectural Science Review

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2009

2007

2006

2001

Currently leading:

  • MSc dissertations module
  • MSc Architectural Science Research (Research Methods) module.
  • Undergraduate Architecture Technology 1a

Supervises PhD and MSc 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 design decision-making.

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 buidlings 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
  • Exploring the use of Machine Learning in Design

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
  • Coordinated a Special Issue ‘Building Performance Simulation and the User’ in the Journal of Building Performance Simulation (promoted through a series of IBPSA Webinars)
  • Co-authored a book chapter for Taylor & Francis on building performance within the design process
  • 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
  • Partnership with the DESTEC – University of Pisa (Italy) to examine the use of digital tools in disaster management (PhD project)
  • Member of the accreditation panel for the MSc in Sustainable Architecture & Integrative Technologies of the University of Nicosia (Cyprus) organised by the Cyprus Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education.
  • Modelling community participation in the management plans of historic sites in Turkey (PhD project)
  • Examining the use of Machine Learning to daylight simulations in the design process (PhD project)

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
  • Exploring the use of Machine Learning in Design
  • User-centric building and urban performance simulations and their integration in the design process

Current supervision

Aydin Gizem

Gizem Aydin

Research student

Clara Larissa Lorenz

Clara Larissa Lorenz

Research student

Reem Okasha

Reem Okasha

Research student

Past projects

  • 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)

External profiles