Dr Sally Shahzad (Wyville)

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

Journal articles


  • Wyville S (2022) Mixed mode is better than air conditioned offices for resilient comfort: Adaptive behaviour and Visual Thermal Landscaping In Nicol F, Rijal HB & Roaf S (Ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Resilient Thermal Comfort London: Routledge. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Calautit JK, Shahzad SS, Hughes BR, Brennan J & Theodossopoulos D (2015) 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). RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers

Theses / Dissertations

  • Shahzad S (2014) Individual thermal control in the workplace: cellular vs open plan offices: Norwegian and British case studies. RIS download Bibtex download
  • 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 and memberships
  • 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