Dr Chengzhi Peng

BArch, DipLA, MSc, PhD

School of Architecture

Senior Lecturer in Climate-Energy Modelling

Research Ethics Lead

MSc Digital Architecture and Design Co-Director

Profile

Though much to be developed, better understood and applied responsibly, advanced data-driven computational modelling is considered by many a viable approach to addressing the challenges of sustainable, liveable and informational (smart) built environment. I lead the Bioclimatic Design Futures (BDF) research team, working computational modelling of climate-energy performance and livability (thermal comfort and air quality) of building stocks in their urban contexts over the time-frame of climate projections. The aim is to achieve improved model accuracy, transparency, agility and power of feedback on planing and design decision-making.

I provided the leadership and launched the MSc Digital Architecture and Design (DAAD) programme in 2014. Working with the DAAD teaching team over the past years, a distinctive pedagogy of digital architecture and design has emerged. DAAD students are presented with the unique opportunity of creative fusion of parametric geometry with preformative micro-kinetics in the making of prototype digital architecture. Since 2017, working intensively with the students, we have been presenting and publishing original papers at the eCAADe and CAADRIA international conferences continuously.

Qualifications
  • PhD Architectural Computing, University of Edinburgh, 1989 – 1994
  • MSc Computer-Aided Building Design, University of Strathclyde, 1988-1989
  • Diploma in Landscape Studies, University of Edinburgh, 1987-1988
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Tunghai University, Taiwan, 1979-1984
Research interests

Research Interests:

Data-driven predictive modelling for optimising planning and design of sustainable and liveable building stocks over the time frame of climate change projections

Projects:

Modelling peak cooling demand and heat stress vulnerability of a city’s dwelling stock in future climate; Towards The Formulation of an Omani Green Building Code Based on the Sustainable Principles of Vernacular Settlements; Urban morphology parameters for predicting impacts of urban neighbourhood and building design on urban microclimate; Projection of pathways towards better indoor air quality of a university's building stock.

Postgraduate Supervision Areas:

Climate-Energy Building Stock Modelling; Outdoor-Indoor Air Quality and Thermal Co-Simulation; Urban and Building Data Modelling using Machine Learning; Urban and Building Morphological Characterisation

Publications

Books

  • Peng C (2003) Design Through Digital Interaction. Bristol: Intellect. RIS download Bibtex download

Journal articles

Chapters

Conference proceedings papers

  • Cheng J, Zhang Z & Peng C (2020) Parametric modelling and simulation of an indoor temperature responsive rotational shading system design. RE: Anthropocene, Design in the Age of Humans - Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia, CAADRIA 2020, Vol. 1 (pp 579-588) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Aljammaz M, Wang T-H & Peng C (2019) The influence of Saudi Arabian culture on energy use: Improving the time-use schedules in energy simulation for houses in Riyadh. "Hello, Culture!"- CAAD Futures 2019 (pp 536-552), 26 June 2019 - 28 June 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nguyen BVD, Peng C & Wang TH (2019) Koala: Developing a generative house design system with agent-based modelling of social spatial processes. 24th International Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA) 2019, Vol. 1 (pp 235-244), 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Pelsmakers S, PENG C, IBRAHIM A & CHEN X (2017) Evaluating Overheating Risk and Mitigation Strategies in Low Energy Houses in the UK: Two Sheffield Case Studies. CIBSE/ASHRAE 2017 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, 12 April 2017 - 13 April 2017. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Liu C, Wang T-H, Meagher M & Peng C (2017) Feather-inspired social media data processing for generating developable surfaces: Prototyping an affective architecture Prototyping an affective architecture. ECAADE 2017: SHARING OF COMPUTABLE KNOWLEDGE! (SHOCK!), VOL 1 (pp 181-190) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Felasari S & Peng C (2012) The Role of a City's Collective Memory in Supporting Cooperative Urban Design Learning.. CDVE, Vol. 7467 (pp 143-150) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C (2005) Townscaping: Development of dynamic virtual city augmented 3D sketch design tools. Computer Aided Architectural Design Futures 2005, Proceedings (pp 105-114) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng CZ, Chang DC, Jones PB & Lawson B (2001) Dynamic retrieval in an urban contextual Databank system using Java-CGI communications - Development of the SUCoD prototype. COMPUTER AIDED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUTURES 2001, PROCEEDINGS (pp 89-102) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cerulli C, Peng CZ & Lawson B (2001) Capturing histories of design processes for collaborative building design development - Field trial of the ADS prototype. COMPUTER AIDED ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN FUTURES 2001, PROCEEDINGS (pp 427-437) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Abdoul-Wali F, Wang T-H & Peng C () Fault Detection and Localization using IFC: A Case Study of BIM-based Visualisation of BAS-related Faults. CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019, 25 April 2019 - 26 April 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nguyen BVD, Wang T-H & Peng C () KOALA: Developing a Generative House Design System with Agent-Based Modelling of Social and Spatial Processes. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Association for Computer-Aided Architectural Design Research in Asia (CAADRIA 2019), 15 April 2019 - 18 April 2019. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sykes J, Peng C & Wilkinson R () An empirical approach to modelling climate change impact on building energy use. CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018 - 'Stretching the envelope', 12 April 2018 - 13 April 2018. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C & Yi C () Microclimate Change Outdoor and Indoor Coupled Simulation for Passive Building Adaptation Design. the Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Information Technology. Hasselt, 2 June 2014 - 5 June 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C & YI C () Climate Change Simulation for Intelligent Green Building Adaptation Design. the Proceedings of IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Green Building and Smart Grid. Taipei, 23 April 2014 - 25 April 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C () Environmental Simulation for Designing with Climate Change: Framework, Experiments and Reflection. Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale International Conference. Sheffield, 10 September 2015 - 12 September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C & Yi CY () Correlating Urban Microclimate Modelling with Energy Use Data Analysis to Inform Site-Specific Climate Change Adaptation Design. Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale International Conference. Sheffield, 10 September 2015 - 12 September 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C & Priyanto O () A Web-based Interactive Virtual Environment for Collecting End Users Expressed Visual Preferences of Learning Spaces. Architectural Design Conference. Istanbul, 25 June 2015 - 27 June 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C () Designing Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods with Climate Change. The Faculty of Social Sciences Research Conference 2014. Sheffield, 19 September 2014 - 19 September 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C & Elwan A () How Hot Can the University Campus Get in 2050? Environmental Simulation of Climate Change Scenarios at an Urban Neighborhood Scale. Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD 2013), Vol. 45(8) (pp 28-35). San Diego, California, USA, 7 April 2013 - 10 April 2013. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Felasari S & Peng C () Enhancing a Virtual City with Collective Memory: A Pilot Study of Jalan Malioboro in Yogyakarta. The 28th Education and Research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe Conference - Future RIS download Bibtex download
  • Elwan A, Peng C & Fahmy M () Towards a unifying visualization modelling platform for supporting climate change conscious urban neighbourhood design. World Renewable Energy Congress 2011 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C, Roberts D, Patlakas P & Basu P () Developing a Web-Based 3D Visualisation Modelling Platform to Support Innovative Planning and Design of Learning Spaces: A Case Study of the University of Sheffield Campus. The 10th International Conference on Design and Decision Support Systems in Architecture and Urban P RIS download Bibtex download
  • Peng C, Roberts D, Patlakas P, Basu P, Care L, Evans H & Powell A () Visualising Future Learning Spaces in Context: the Sheffield Experiment. Proceedings of EDULEARN09 (pp 3977-4007). Barcelona, 6 July 2009 - 8 July 2009. RIS download Bibtex download

Software / Code

Research group

People, Environments and Performance

Grants

Thermal Stress Vulnerability and Resilience: Housing Stock Transformation fit for an Ageing Society in Future Climate, with Dr Choo Yoon Yi, ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowships, starting 01/10/2020, 12 months.

Future Climate and Change in Livability of a City’s Housing Environment. ESRC White Rose Social Sciences DTP Collaborative Award, in collaboration with John Clephan (Sheffield Housing Company), Prof Edward Ferrari (Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, Sheffield Hallam University, 01/10/2018 - 30/09/2022.

Characterising Uncertainty in Complex Environmental Simulations for Public Engagement with Climate Change Conscious Sustainable Planning and Design. Grantham Foundation, Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures Grantham Scholars Programme 2016. In collaboration with Prof Richard Wilkinson (School of Mathematics and Statistics), 01/10/2016 – 30/09/2020.

Transcultural Understanding of Designing with Climate Change: A Joint Design Research Studio Approach. In collaboration with Ranald Lawrence (University of Sheffield), Kevin Fellingham (University of cape Town), Edward Ng (Chinese University of Hong Kong), Yang Liu & Liming Kong (Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology), Kun Li (Wuhan University). Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Research and Development Scheme 2014, 01/01 2015 – 30/06/2016.

Teaching interests
  • Urban microclimate modelling
  • Building information modelling
  • Computational design; digital design studio
  • Dissertation/thesis projects
Teaching activities
  • ARC 322 Special Study
  • ARC556 MArch Dissertation
  • ARC6808 Advanced Simulation for Modelling Adaptive Architecture
  • ARC6809 MSc DAAD Thesis Project
  • ARC6814 Critical Applications of BIM
  • ARC6815 DAAD StudioMAKE
  • ARC6819 Elements of Computational Design 2
  • ARC6990 SAS Dissertation Project
  • ARC6731 Doctoral Training in Architecture
Professional activities
  • Member of Editorial Board, ArchNet-IJAR, International Journal of Architectural Research, Emerald Publishing
  • Appointed Peer Reviewer, Qatar National Research Fund, Qatar Foundation
  • Member of Scientific Committee - eCAADe, CAADRIA, CAAD Futures
  • PhD External Examiners at University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, Manchester Metropolitan University, University of Huddersfield
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan