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Dr Eleni Ampatzi BSc, MArch, MSc, PhD

Dr Eleni Ampatzi

BSc, MArch, MSc, PhD

Senior Lecturer

+44 (0)29 2087 4603
Room 2.34A, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision



Currently on research leave.

I have previously been: Course Leader for the MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings (and MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings by distance learning. Deputy Research Director. Chair of the Staff meetings. PGT Admission tutor. PGT Personal tutor.














Course Leader: MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings and MSc in Environmental Design of Buildings by distance learning.

Module Leader: Two specialist modules for the MSc EDB: Outside Inside; Environmental Design Project. Module ’buddy’: Passive Design (MSc EDB specialist), Environmental Design Application (MSc EDB specialist), Site and Environment (ASM core), Building Fabric (ASM core).

Past: module leader for the Efficient Services (ASM core) and the Environmental Design Application (MSc EDB specialist). Dissertation supervisor: PhD and MSc degrees.

Research interests

Eleni holds a PhD in Architectural Science and a Masters Degree in the Environmental Design of Buildings. She is qualified as an architect and has practiced architecture in Greece. Having a background in architecture, her main research interests lie in the integration of low carbon system services into buildings, using holistic approaches that aim at efficient synergies between the two.

The importance of thermal energy storage technologies in enabling the use of solar thermal systems and the associated influence of occupancy patterns are focal points in her research, which started with her BRE Trust funded PhD thesis, supervised by Prof I. Knight and Dr Robin Wiltshire (BRE). During her PhD she participated in PREHEAT, a European funded project for policy reinforcement of heat storage technologies. Her research has examined the predicted thermal energy needs and potential capacities for heat storage, in existing typical houses that have not undergone any refurbishment. She has investigated variations in the performance of solar thermal powered systems in this context, examining in detail both the supply and demand sides. She has also worked for the “Scenario Modelling for a Low Carbon Wales” cross-cutting theme of the Low Carbon Energy Institute. Her contribution to the project included the analysis of the spatially disaggregated energy demand of the Welsh built environment and the regional-scale assessment of Wales’ solar energy resource.

Main expertise

Environmental design of buildings, efficient services and buildings, energy storage.

Supervision experience

Currently supervising 1 PhD as lead supervisor and 1 PhD as second supervisor.

Additional supervision interests

Spatial mapping of renewable energy resources and deployment potential, environmental design in architectural education.


Current supervision

Ahmad Kotbi

Ahmad Kotbi

Research student

Past projects

Main supervisor for Aikaterini Chatzivasileiadi - The choice and architectural implications of battery storage technologies in residential buildings (PhD awarded 2016).

Main supervisor for Ahmad Kotbi - Perforated screens to optimize daylighting and maintain privacy in girls' schools in hot arid Aaeas: The case of Saudi Arabia (PhD viva held, revisions pending).