Dr Sally Shahzad
MS Arch, PhD, FHEA
School of Architecture
Lecturer in Environmental Design
I am passionate about teaching and research on the practical aspect of Architecture, Sustainability, Energy, and Thermal Comfort. I encourage innovative solutions to enhance the relationship between the architectural design, environment and the end-user.
After practicing Architecture for four-years, I expanded my teaching and research experiences to the University of Edinburgh, Leeds, Derby, and Sheffield. I graduated my PhD in Architecture from Edinburgh University, where I received the Edinburgh-Award twice.
I enjoyed a Research-Fellowship in the University of Leeds collaborating with interdisciplinary researchers. As the Programme Leader in Architectural Technology in the University of Derby, I received the Vice-Chancellor Researcher-Award.
- Research interests
I am passionate about my research, which aims to balance energy and comfort. My research interests include Personal Comfort Systems (PCS), Thermal Comfort, Environmental Control, User Behaviour, Energy Efficiency, Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE), and Healthy Buildings.
There is a great value in challenging the current methods, standards and practices in thermal comfort research through an innovative approach and a different point of view. I introduced a qualitative approach of Visual Thermal Landscaping (VTL) to research thermal comfort in context.
My research activities include National, International and Interdisciplinary collaborations; chairing conference sessions and workshops; journal editor; conference organiser; and the reviewer of a wide range of journals, conferences and funding projects.
PhD Supervision Interests
- Personal Comfort Systems (PCS)
- Thermal Comfort, Environmental Control
- User Behaviour, Energy Efficiency
- Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE)
- Healthy Buildings
- Ventilation Strategies
- Sustainable Architecture
- Low Carbon Design
- A comprehensive review on the output voltage/power of wearable thermoelectric generators concerning their geometry and thermoelectric materials. Nano Energy.
- The cradle to gate life-cycle assessment of thermoelectric materials: A comparison of inorganic, organic and hybrid types. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 44, 101073-101073.
- Analysis of the thermal comfort and energy performance of a thermal chair for open plan office. Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, 8(2), 373-395.
- A review on recent developments of thermoelectric materials for room-temperature applications. Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 37. View this article in WRRO
- Patterns of thermal preference and visual thermal landscaping model in the workplace. Applied Energy, 255. View this article in WRRO
- Advanced personal comfort system (APCS) for the workplace: A review and case study. Energy and Buildings, 173, 689-709. View this article in WRRO
- Does a neutral thermal sensation determine thermal comfort?. Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 39(2), 183-195. View this article in WRRO
- A user-controlled thermal chair for an open plan workplace : CFD and field studies of thermal comfort performance. Applied Energy, 207, 283-293. View this article in WRRO
- Energy and comfort in contemporary open plan and traditional personal offices. Applied Energy, 185(2), 1542-1555.
- Numerical and experimental analysis of a multi-directional wind tower integrated with vertically-arranged heat transfer devices (VHTD). Applied Energy, 185(2), 1120-1135. View this article in WRRO
- A study of the impact of individual thermal control on user comfort in the workplace: Norwegian cellular vs. British open plan offices. Architectural Science Review, 60(1), 49-61. View this article in WRRO
- Building-Related Symptoms, Energy, and Thermal Control in the Workplace: Personal and Open Plan Offices. Sustainability, 8(4), 331-331. View this article in WRRO
- CFD and Wind Tunnel Study of the Performance of a Multi-Directional Wind Tower with Heat Transfer Devices. Energy Procedia, 75, 1692-1697.
- CFD and Wind Tunnel Study of the Performance of a Multi-Directional Wind Tower with Heat Transfer Devices. Energy Procedia.
- CFD and wind tunnel study of the performance of a uni-directional wind catcher with heat transfer devices. Renewable Energy, 83, 85-99.
- Energy Efficiency and User Comfort in the Workplace: Norwegian Cellular vs. British Open Plan Workplaces. Energy Procedia, 75, 807-812.
- Editorial: Methodologies of Sustainable Projects. Edinburgh Architecture Research Journal.
- Awarded Architectural Design of the Technology and Research Centre of Pargasiran Co.. Architecture and Urbanism Journal.
- Awarded Architectural Design of the Technology and Research Centre of Arsh Arak Co. Architecture and Urbanism Journal.
- Light. Noghte Journal.
- GSTF Journal of Engineering Technology.
- Thermal comfort and energy efficiency in a naturally ventilated office: CFD, BTM and a field study, Natural Ventilation: Strategies, Health Implications and Impacts on the Environment (pp. 27-63).
Conference proceedings papers
- Design of heat sinks for wearable thermoelectric generators to power personal heating garments: A numerical study. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, Vol. 410. Thessaloniki, Greece, 23 October 2019 - 25 October 2019. View this article in WRRO
- Optimization of a Wearable Thermoelectric Generator Encapsulated in Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS): A Numerical Modelling. 2019 IEEE 2nd International Conference on Renewable Energy and Power Engineering (REPE), 2 November 2019 - 4 November 2019.
- Preferred vs neutral temperatures and their implications on thermal comfort and energy use: Workplaces in Japan, Norway and the UK. Energy Procedia, Vol. 158 (pp 3113-3118). Japan, 22 August 2018 - 25 August 2018. View this article in WRRO
- Visual Thermal Landscaping (VTL) Model: A Qualitative Thermal Comfort Approach based on the Context to Balance Energy and Comfort. Energy Procedia, Vol. 158 (pp 3119-3124). United Kingdom, 22 August 2018 - 25 August 2018. View this article in WRRO
- Numerical and experimental analysis of a natural ventilation windcatcher with passive heat recovery for mild-cold climates. Energy Procedia, Vol. 158 (pp 3125-3130), 22 August 2018 - 25 August 2018. View this article in WRRO
- Individual thermal control in the workplace and changes in thermal preferences in a day: Norwegian cellular vs. british open plan layouts. Proceedings - Windsor Conference 2014: Counting the Cost of Comfort in a Changing World (pp 143-159)
- Dynamic Decision and Thermal Comfort: CFD and Field Test Analysis of a Personalised Thermal Chair. Windsor Conference. United Kingdom
- Neutral thermal sensation or dynamic thermal comfort? Numerical and field test analysis of a thermal chair. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 2189-2194). Cardiff, UK, 21 August 2017 - 24 August 2017. View this article in WRRO
- Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) analysis of a low energy wind catcher with horizontally-arranged heat transfer devices. Energy Procedia, Vol. 142 (pp 2095-2101). Cardiff, UK, 21 August 2017 - 24 August 2017. View this article in WRRO
- Effect of Urban Street Canyon Aspect Ratio on Thermal Performance of Road Pavement Solar Collectors (RPSC). Energy Procedia, Vol. 105 (pp 4414-4419) View this article in WRRO
- Computational and Field Test Analysis of Thermal Comfort Performance of User-controlled Thermal Chair in an Open Plan Office. Energy Procedia, Vol. 105 (pp 2635-2640) View this article in WRRO
- Thermal Comfort and Indoor air Quality Analysis of a Low-energy Cooling Windcatcher. Energy Procedia, Vol. 105 (pp 2865-2870) View this article in WRRO
- The thermal preference, comfort and satisfaction: Norwegian and British workplaces. Proceedings of 33rd PLEA International Conference: Design to Thrive, PLEA 2017, Vol. 1 (pp 851-858)
- Neutral Thermal Sensation: Is it the Correct Response to Assess Thermal Comfort?. CIBSE ASHRAE. United Kingdom
- Computational and field test studies of thermal comfort of an advanced personal comfort system in an open plan office. SET2017. United Kingdom
- The Accuracy of Thermal Comfort Zone, ASHRAE Standard 55-2013. CIBSE Technical Symposium 2016 - 'Integration for whole life building performance'. UK, 14 April 2016 - 15 April 2016.
- Thermal Comfort and Energy: CFD, BES and Field Study in a British Open Plan Office with Displacement Ventilation. Proceedings of 9th Windsor Conference: Making Comfort Relevant. UK, 7 April 2016 - 10 April 2016.
- A Norwegian Cellular vs. A British Open Plan Office: Sick Building Syndrome, Energy and Thermal Control. The 5th World Sustainability Forum. Switzerland, 27 September 2015 - 29 September 2015.
- Health, Energy and Thermal Comfort. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015.
- Numerical Analysis of a Wind Catcher Assisted Passive Cooling Technology. USES 2015. Sheffield, UK, 24 June 2015 - 24 June 2015.
- View this article in WRRO Performance Investigation of a Commercial Wind Catcher with Horizontally-arranged Heat Transfer Devices (HHTD). Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering. Singapore, 13 April 2015 - 14 April 2015.
- View this article in WRRO Energy efficiency and comfort in the workplace: Norwegian cellular and British open plan. International Conference on Applied Energy. Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2015 - 31 March 2015.
- View this article in WRRO Computational and Wind Tunnel Study of the Performance of a Multi-Directional Wind Tower with Heat Transfer Devices. International Conference on Applied Energy. Abu Dhabi, 28 March 2015 - 31 March 2015.
- Adapting Buildings to meet the Energy Challenge. Cities. Leeds, 10 July 2014 - 11 July 2014.
- Individual Thermal Control in the Workplace and Changes in Thermal Preferences in a Day: Norwegian Cellular vs. British Open Plan Layouts. Windsor Conference. United Kingdom
- Environmental Control and Sick Building Syndrome. ASHRAE IAQ. Canada
- Quantitative vs. Qualitative Methodologies to Investigate Environmental Control in the Workplace. PLEA. United Kingdom
- An Inquiry into Spatial Essence of Architectural Features through Computer-Aided Abstraction. World Com Conference. United States
- Threshold between Micro and Macro Environments. World Com Conference. United States
- Sleep Quality and Adaptive Thermal Comfort under Various Energy Use Modes. ICAE2020
Theses / Dissertations
- The Vice-Chancellor Early Career Researcher Award of the Year, University of Derby, 2017
- “Outstanding” award for teaching and research, University of Derby, 2017
- “Outstanding” award for teaching and research, University of Derby, 2016
- The Edinburgh Award for contributions to the University of Edinburgh, 2013
- The Edinburgh Award for contributions to the University of Edinburgh, 2012
- The Postgraduate Research Grant for PhD fieldwork, University of Edinburgh, 2012
- German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Grant from Germany, 2012
- State Scholarship Foundation (IKY) Grant from Greece (PhD full scholarship, which was not used), 2009
- Teaching activities
My teaching is mainly in the Post Graduate Taught level with a focus on Sustainable Architecture and Post Occupancy Evaluation.
I enjoy teaching, started it in 2006 and value a one-to-one teaching relationship with my students. Enhancing student learning is my passion through the application of new approaches, including constructivism in architecture (learning through personal experience and building), technology enhanced learning and research-led approaches.
I believe in learning through enjoying a hands-on activity, critical thinking processes, challenging the existing practices, and developing innovative solutions. I encourage a high standard architectural design based on sustainable criteria (e.g. balancing energy and comfort), aesthetics, and occupant views and behaviour.
The greatest reward for me is to celebrate the success of my students in their design, research and professional careers.
- Professional activities
- Leader of the MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies
- Peer reviewer of international research journals, such as Building and Environment, Energy and Buildings, Building Research and Information
- Peer reviewer for Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES) fund (NWO) in Netherlands
- Peer reviewer of conferences, such as the International Conference in Applied Energy (ICAE)
- Editor of the 33rd edition of the Edinburgh Architectural Research Journal, University of Edinburgh
- Organiser of the Prokalo series in architecture, University of Edinburgh
- Research collaborations with the University of Edinburgh, University of Nottingham, University of Plymouth, University of Derby, University of Leeds, and Tokyo City University