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Dr Tania Sharmin

Dr Tania Sharmin

Lecturer Sustainable Environmental Design

Email
sharmint@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
02920870798
Campuses
1.32, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

I am a Lecturer (US Assistant Professor) in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA). Prior to joining WSA, I was a lecturer in Architecture Design-and-Technology at De Montfort University in UK. I have a background in environmental design, energy performance of buildings (thermal modelling), CFD microclimate modelling, outdoor thermal comfort and climate-responsive urban design. Previously, I was a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge for ‘Managing Air for Green Inner Cities’ (MAGIC), developing urban scenarios to investigate the influence of the built environment on air pollution and Urban Heat Island (UHI) impact. Prior to that, I was a research associate for Smart Design: Human-centric Planning of Urban Districts in the same department. As a personal research agenda and continuation from the current research activity, I am developing the methodological framework to carry out research in the area of human-centric planning of urban districts to examine how thermal comfort in high-density urban spaces affect health and wellbeing of people. As a Fellow of ‘Faculty for the Future’ Fellowship from 2012 to 2016, I completed my PhD studies at the University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture. The research (link to Abstract) investigated the impact of urban form on urban micro-climate and how this affected outdoor thermal comfort in public spaces and building energy performance in the adjacent buildings in a high-density, tropical context. At Cambridge, I served as the GreenBRIDGE President (Oct 2014 - Dec 2015) and a seminar coordinator (Oct 2013 - Oct 2015). GreenBRIDGE is a former society of graduate researchers at the University of Cambridge with an interest in the sustainability of the built environment. I was a coordinator for the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series (Jan 2013 – Jan 2014). I served as the Chief Editor for the Cambridge Architecture Journal: Future Domestic, Issue 24. Currently, I am an Academic Adviser for Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in UK.

Biography

I completed my graduation in Architecture (BArch- 5-Year Professional Degree) from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Afterwards I worked in academia as a full time assistant professor in architecture at American International University, Bangladesh (AIUB)  till 2012 (until the start of PhD studies). I am a member of Institute of Architects Bangladesh (IAB). Currently, I am an Academic Adviser for Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in UK.

Honours and awards

Academic Scholarship

  • DMU Future Research Leader 2018 – Awarded to six lecturers across the whole university for research leadership roles.
  • Faculty for the Future Award - by Schlumberger Foundation to study PhD in Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK.
  • Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (CSS) - to study master’s at University of Westminster
  • Netherlands Fellowship Programme (declined) - fellowship from the Netherlands Government, 2009 to study Urban Management and Development-6 (UMD-6) in the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Netherlands.
  • VLIR-UOS, 2009 (declined) - a full scholarship to study Master of Human Settlements in K.U. Leuven, Belgium.
  • ADB – JSP Scholarship, 2009 (declined) - a full scholarship from Asian Development Bank to study Master of Urban Design in the University of Hong Kong.
  • Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Studentship, 2016 - by University of Cambridge
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Grant, 2016 - by University of Cambridge
  • Doctoral Bursary, 2016 - by Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust
  • Faculty Fieldwork Fund, 2015, 2014 – by Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge
  • Best Student Presentation Award - by SuDBE – 7th International Conference, University of Reading, UK, July 27-29, 2015.
  • SMUTS Memorial Research Grant, 2015 – by University of Cambridge
  • Lundgren Award, 2015 – by University of Cambridge
  • Kettle’s Yard Travel Grant, 2015, 2014, 2013 – by University of Cambridge
  • CISBAT Student Grant, 2015 – by EPFL to attend CISBAT International Conference.
  • 2013 Jeffrey Cook PLEA Travel Scholarship - by SBSE
  • College Tutorial Award, 2013, 2012 – by St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge
  • BUET Merit Scholarship - Awarded to top 5 students for each undergraduate course each academic year at undergraduate level in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th year (1997-2003).
  • Board Talent-pool Scholarship - in H.S.C. (Higher Secondary Certificate) From Comilla Board, Bangladesh in 1995, Distinctions in Mathematics Paper 1 and 2, Physics Paper 1 and 2, Chemistry Paper 1 and 2 and Statistics Paper 1 and 2
  • Board Talent-pool Scholarship - in S.S.C. (Secondary School Certificate) From Comilla Board, Bangladesh in 1993, Distinctions in Higher Mathematics, General Mathematics, General Science Paper 1 and 2, Geography and Religious Studies

Professional memberships

  • Associate Member: Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists,

Member since 06/12/2018, Registration number: 033758

  • Member: Institute of Architects Bangladesh, IAB

Full member, since 06/12/2006, Membership no. S-069, http://www.iab.com.bd/

  • Member, SBSE: The Society of Building Science Educators
  • Member ISB: (The International Society of Biometeorology)
  • Member Cambridge Philosophical Society:  University of Cambridge, since Jan 2015

Committees and reviewing

Esteem Indicators

Journal Scientific reviewer:

  • Journal reviewer, Building and Environment

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/building-and-environment/

  • Journal reviewer, Sustainable Cities and Society

http://www.journals.elsevier.com/sustainable-cities-and-society/

  • Journal reviewer, Frontiers in Built Environment, section Indoor Environment

https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/built-environment/sections/indoor-environment

  • Journal reviewer, Climate

http://www.mdpi.com/journal/climate

  • Journal reviewer, PLOS ONE

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/s/journal-information

  • Journal reviewer, IJERPH (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)

https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph

  • Journal reviewer, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/19447450

Associations

Chief Editor: ‘Scroope: Cambridge Architecture Journal: Future Domestic’

Issue 24, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

President (Oct 2014 - Dec 2015) and Seminar Coordinator (Oct 2013 - Oct 2015), GreenBRIDGE - GreenBRIDGE is a society of graduate researchers at the University of Cambridge with an interest in the sustainability of the built environment.

Organiser and course leader, Joint Cambridge-Berkeley Urban Design Charrette 2017 and 2018

http://www.martincentre.arct.cam.ac.uk/seminars/joint-cambridge-berkeley-urban-design charratte-2017 and https://www.martincentre.arct.cam.ac.uk/seminars/joint-cambridge-berkeley-urban-design-charette-2018/summary

Seminar Coordinator, Martin Centre Research Seminar Series (Jan 2013 – Jan 2014)

Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Organiser, GreenBRIDGE Workshop: Performance Gap? Energy, Health and Comfort needs in Buildings, University of Cambridge, 20 July 2015.

Organiser, Workshop on Sustainable Design in collaboration with CHUK (Chinese University of Hong-Kong), University of Cambridge, 10 Dec 2014.

Organiser, Workshop on Urban Climate Mapping in collaboration with CHUK (Chinese University of Hong-Kong), University of Cambridge, 27 Nov 2013.

Member, SBSE: The Society of Building Science Educators

Member ISB: (The International Society of Biometeorology)

Member Cambridge Philosophical Society:  University of Cambridge, since Jan 2015

Publications

2020

2019

2017

2016

  • Hashemi, A.et al. 2016. Performance gap? Energy, health and comfort needs in buildings. Presented at: 5th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Customised Housing - ZEMCH, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20-23 December 2016Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Customised Housing - ZEMCH. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.:
  • Sharmin, T. and Steemers, K. 2016. Responsiveness of microclimate simulation tool in recognising diversity in urban geometry. Presented at: PLEA 2016 Los Angeles - 32th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments, Los Angeles, CA, USA, 11-13 July 2016PLEA 2016 Los Angeles - 32th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments. Los Angeles: PLEA2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

I have recently completed a Research-England QR-Funded GCRF Research as a PI at De Montfort University that investigated socio-cultural and environmental experiences in low-income, tropical housing called the Loving Community in Ahmedabad in India.  The living conditions in these households and working practices of the inhabitants in terms of how the building and its internal-external spaces are used, are explored through semi-structured interviews and monitoring. The study has interesting findings (under publication) which could be implemented in future design of low-income housing in the study area.

My current research focuses on smart design to support human-centric planning of urban districts, with an emphasis on health and well-being. By particularly looking into high-density urban spaces, with higher exposure to heat, air pollution and noise and reduced access to green spaces; I want to know how people’s behaviour to walking or cycling to their near destinations is affected. I aim to identify the impact of changing outdoor microclimatic conditions in urban spaces in cities and to examine how well-designed and thermally comfortable urban spaces can play a role to enhance health and wellbeing through physical activity and social interaction in the context of climate change.

My PhD research investigated the impact of urban form on urban micro-climate and how this affected outdoor thermal comfort in public spaces and building energy performance in the adjacent buildings in a high-density, tropical context. The research involved microclimatic analysis of urban geometry characteristics, CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulations of theoretical and real-world case studies, statistical analysis of thermal comfort surveys and building energy performance evaluation of parametric and actual examples. The multidisciplinary approach in this research attempted to link urban design and planning with urban climatology and many other relevant fields of expertise that are essential for making liveable and sustainable cities.

Research Interests:

-Climate-responsive building and urban design / Environmental design;

-Thermal comfort;

-Building energy performance / Thermal modelling

Supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • Climate-responsive building and urban design / Environmental design;
  • Thermal comfort;
  • Building energy performance / Thermal modelling