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Dr Shibu Raman PhD, MSc (AAS), B Arch

Dr Shibu Raman

PhD, MSc (AAS), B Arch

Lecture in Architecture and Urban Design

+44 (0)29 2087 9440
3.22a, Bute Building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision



Year Chair BSc Year 1
Year 1 Studio Module Leader, MArch Unit lead (Liveable Urbanism), MArch Dissertation Supervisor Research Methods and Techniques lectures and workshops, PhD supervisor, Member of University Learning Environmental Steering Group, Admissions Committee Member, Research Committee Member ,Board of Studies Member, PhD examiner

External activities

Member of Editorial Board (International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development), PhD External examiner (London Met, School of Planing and Architecture New Delhi) Member of Housing and Land Administration Committee UNECE, Guest Lectures at many universities in India, China and South Korea

Other information

Dr Raman is the founder director of City-Form Network which is involved in international collaborative research on sustainable urban form and relationship between urban form and quality of life. see


Dr Raman is an architect and urban designer trained in the UK and India. He has over 20 years experience in teaching, research and practicing architecture and urban design and has a number of completed projects in India and UK and number of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. On completion of his first degree in architecture, he worked with Dr B V Doshi at his international award winning architectural practice ‘Sangath’ at Ahmedabad, India for over 4 years before moving to UK to pursue a masters and an academic career.  His design team has been recently been shortlisted in a prestigious international design competition for the National War Museum at New Delhi.

Dr Raman joint Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University in 2015 as a lecturer in architecture and urban design following a three year in China where is as the Course Director, lead the setting up and RIBA validation of the architecture programme at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China. He is actively involved in the pedagogic development and in delivering design studio and theory modules in the undergraduate and masters in urban design.

His research interest and experience in designing sustainable urban neighbourhoods, urban design for aging, design of spaces and behaviour, social sustainability of cities, spatial network analysis, urban development in transitional economise. He is the Founder-Director of the research network called CityForm (, which is investigating the relationship of urban form to urban sustainability and quality of life.  He has presented his research or delivered keynote address in number of prestigious conferences around the worked including UN Habitat, Space Syntax Symposium and Smart Geometries. He has successfully supervised over 30 masters and PhD students in his area of research interests. In addition to UK, has lecture and taught in India, China, and South Korea.











Teaching profile

Dr Raman teaches at undergraduate and masters. He design and deliver the first year programe at WSA. He lecture on various topics to  undergraduate and masters including research methods, urban morphology mapping, modeling urban systems, design thinking, diagrams and design narratives. He is s strong believer on research lead teaching, learning from places and learning by doing.

Dr Raman lead the MArch Studio Unit: Liveable Urbanism. see more on 

Research interests

Liveable city, social sustianablity, urban form and quality of life, Sustainable urbanism, compact cities, urban form of rapidly growing cities in transitional countries, urban morphology, self-organised systems and informal settlements, and socio-spatial and cultural dimensions of cities. urban complexity, resarch methods. 



Liveable Cities

Sustainabie Urbanism, sustinable urban environment

Spatial structure, society, cultrue and behaviour

Space Syntax

Urban form, morphology, compact city

Cities in transitional economies

Welbeing and quality of life

Outdoor environment and dementia

Current supervision

Hameda Janahi

Research student

Yagmur Burcu Gunes

Yagmur Burcu Gunes

Research student

Mamuna Iqbal

Mamuna Iqbal

Research student