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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

  • Publication featured in the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) PreventionWeb global knowledge sharing platform: Pezzica, C., Cutini, V., Bleil de Souza, C. 2020. Mind the gap: state of the art on decision-making related to post-disaster housing assistance. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction Jan 2020 (#openaccess#DRR #decisionmaking #UN # 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101975)
  • Award nomination for best Axiomatic Design paper 2019-2021 from the Axiomatic Design Research Foundation (ADRF) for publication: Dunichkin, I.V., Bleil de Souza, C. 2020. An integrated solution to urban and sea waste management systems: using Axiomatic Design to discuss urban development risks. Far East Conference – International Multi-Conference on Industrial Engineering and Modern Technologies, Vladivostok, Russia, 1-4 October 2019, Vol. 459. Vol. 5. IOP Publishing Ltd. pp. 62084., (10.1088/1755-1315/459/6/062084)
  • BS Cairo 2019 – best paper award 2019 for the publication: Alsaadani, S. and Bleil De Souza, C. 2019. Teaching BPS to architects: A clos er look at the building performance simulation 'consumer' and 'performer' training paradigms. Presented at: BS Cairo 2019: Simulation for a sustainable built environment, Cairo - Egypt, 28 - 30 November 2019.
  • Journal of Building Performance Simulation (Taylor & Francis) - best paper award 2014-15 for the publication: Bleil De Souza, C. and Tucker, S. 2015. Thermal simulation software outputs: a conceptual data model of information presentation for building design decision making. Journal of Building Performance Simulation9(3), pp. 227-254. (10.1080/19401493.2015.1030450)  
  • Member of the accreditation committee for the MSc in Sustainable Architecture & Integrative Technologies – University of Nicosia – Cyprus.

Professional memberships

  • Editorial board member of Sustainable Design and Construction, Frontiers in Built Environment
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Building Performance Simulation, Taylor & Francis
  • Board at-Large Director International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) from 2021.
  • Board Member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association - IBPSA England
  • Board Member of the International Association of Axiomatic Design (IAAD) executive committee.
  • EPSRC Associate Peer Review College member (sitting on panels and reviewing funding applications).
  • Editorial board member of the brazilian journal 'Ambiente Construído' Revista da Associação Nacional de Tecnologia do Ambiente Construído ANTAC - Brasil.
  • Editorial board member of the Brazilian journal ‘PARC Pesquisa em Arquitetura e Construção’ Departamento de Arquitetura e Construção da Faculdade de Engenharia Civil, Arquitetura e Urbanismo da Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) – Brasil.
  • International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA) Fellow.
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy UK.

Speaking engagements

  • Guest lecturer at DESTEC University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Guest lecture at Moscow State University of Civil Engineering MGSU (Russia)
  • Guest lecture at State University of Land Management and Planning (Russia)
  • Guest lecture at Moscow Higher School of Economics – HSE (Russia)
  • Guest speaker in High Performance Buildings Seminar – University of Plymouth (UK)
  • Guest lecture at the University College London (UCL) EDE MSc course (UK)
  • Guest lecture at the Faculty of Architecture & Arts, Hasselt University, Belgium
  • Guest lecturer Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul UFRGS – Brazil

PhD examinations

  • PhD external examiner at the University College Dublin - Ireland
  • PhD external examiner at the University College London (UCL) - UK
  • 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

Committees and reviewing

Peer reviews:

  • 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)
  • Energy and Buildings (Elsevier)
  • Advanced Engineering and Informatics (Elsevier)

Conference scientific committees:

  • International Building Performance Simulation (IBPSA) Conferences,
  • Building Simulation and Optimization (BSO) Conferences,
  • International Conference on Axiomatic Design (ICAD),
  • FORM-2019 and 2020 conferences.

Publications

2021

2020

2019

2018

2016

2015

2013

2012

2009

2007

2006

2001

Teaching

Current 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

  • 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

ERASMUS activities

  • Award holder for staff exchange with CESI Graduate School of Engineering La Rochelle (France) for 2 years
  • Award holder for staff exchange with DESTEC University of Pisa (Italy) for 4 years
  • Participant to the International Credit Mobility agreement with the Moscow Higher School of Economics HSE (Russian Federation)
  • Hoster for Chioni, C. an MSc student from the University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Past coordinator and implementer for student exchange with ENSA Paris Belle-Ville (France)
  • Past coordinator and implementer for student exchange with KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • Past coordinator for student exchange with the University of Madrid (Spain)
  • Past coordinator for student exchange with Technische Universität München TUM (Germany)
  • Past coordinator for student exchange with the University of Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Past coordinator for student exchange with the Stuttgart University of applied sciences (Germany)

Interests & expertise

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 

  • Ambassador for the EU BUILD UP portal – The European Project for Energy Efficiency in Buildings web portal.
  • EPSRC grant holder to represent the UK in the IEA EBC Annex 79: Occupant behaviour-centric building design and operation (until 2023)
  • 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

Webinars

  • Ricci, L., Tucci, F., Andreucci, M. B., Battisti, C., Brown, M., Marvuglia, A., Baltov, M., Heinonen, J., Bleil de Souza, C., Jimenez Pulido, C., Wahl, D. C. – Webinar “Rethinking sustainability” for the launch of the book “Rethinking Sustainability Towards a Regenerative Economy” Ed. Andreucci, MB, Marvuglia, A, Baltov, M & Hansen, P; Springer International, 2021. Sponsored by EU COST Action RESTORE hosted in Roma La Sapienza 30th June 2021 (https://youtu.be/L_odmXRd20o).  
  • ASHRAE South Brazil & IBPSA Brazil Building Performance Simulation Conference – Keynote speech: “Simulations for decision-making in the built environment” 31st May & 1st June 2021 (https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7286359519016847618).   
  • 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.
  • 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

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

Reem Okasha

Reem Okasha

Research student

Shuye Wang

Shuye Wang

Research student

Image of Jue Zhou

Jue Zhou

Research student

Past projects

  • Parlak Gizem - "Audit Design: a semi-automated method to scrutinize community involvement in heritage management plans." Co-supervisor: Dr. Federico Cerutti from School of Computer Science and Informatics – Cardiff University (awarded 2021).
  • 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’ 2021.
  • 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 (awarded 2021).
  • 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)