Dr Chengzhi Peng

Dr Chengzhi Peng

Senior Lecturer

BArch, DipLA, MSc, PhD

T: +44 (0)114 222 0318
E: c.peng@sheffield.ac.uk

I studied at the Tunghai University Department of Architecture (Taiwan) and completed my PhD at EdCAAD, Department of Architecture, University of Edinburgh. I have 20+ years’ experience of research and teaching in urban visualisation and environmental modelling. More recently, I have been working with PhD students in the field of Bioclimatic Design Futures Research, developing computational methods for sustainable design with future climate. I am Director of the MSc Digital Architecture and Design, a new Postgraduate Taught Masters course launched in September 2014. I serve as a member of scientific committees for several international learned societies including eCAADe, CAAD Futures, and CAADRIA.

Teaching Activities

ARC322 Special Study
ARC556/566 MArch Dissertation
ARC6808 Advanced Simulation for Modelling Adaptive Architecture
ARC6815 DAAD Studio Project
ARC6809 MSc DAAD Thesis Project
ARC6819 Elements of Computational Design II
ARC6731 Doctoral Training in Architecture
ARC6814 Critical Application of BIM

Administrative Roles

Research Ethics Leader
Programme Director, MSc Digital Architecture and Design (formerly, Digital Design and Interactive Built Environments)

Research Interests

Computational modelling of urban micro-environments for optimising sustainable bioclimatic design over the time frame of climate change projections.

PhD Supervision Interests

Morphological descriptors/predictors in urban microclimate simulation of neighbourhood planning and building design; Modelling environmental stress vulnerability of a city’s building stocks (e.g., dwelling, cultural heritage, healthcare, industrial etc.) in future climate to inform sustainable stock management

Research Students and Assistants

Jonathan Sykes
Choo Yoon Yi
Octavianus Cahyono Priyanto

Grants, Awards and Consultancy

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. £14,932 awarded, 01 Jan 2015 – 30 Jun 2016.

Human-Machine Cooperation in Robotics and Autonomous Systems. In collaboration with Professor Tony Prescott (PI, Sheffield Centre for Robotics). The Great Technologies Capital Call, Engineering and Physical Science Research Council £825,082 awarded to University of Sheffield: 1 Oct 2013 – 31 Jan 2015. As a Co-Investigator, I contributed to the Mixed Reality Interface (MRI) Platform under the Hybrid Reality Facility. The MRI Platform is housed at the School of Architecture for interactive design of smart spaces that include assistive robotic systems.

Sheffield and Tinsley Canal Interactive Story Trail (with Adam Park). The Festival of the Mind Project Fund 2012, University of Sheffield, £4,750.

Enhancing Post-Project Evaluation of NHS Estates with Annotated 3D Interactive Navigation (A3DIN): Jordanthorpe Health Centre Case Study (PI: Dr Chengzhi Peng, CIs: Dr Michael Phiri, Prof. Robert Gaizauskas, Dr Mark Hepple, Dr Sarah Barnes, and Dr Jenny Owen). Research Stimulation Fund, Faculty of Social Sciences, £1,675, 1 Sept 2011 – 31 July 2012.

Rethinking a City's Theatres, Digital Creativity and Innovation (RECITE), University of Sheffield Cross-cutting Directors of Research and Innovation Scholarships in Digital World. The award funds three interconnected full-time PhD studentships to start in September 2010 for three years. The RECITE supervisory team consists of three sub-teams of academic staff from three faculties: Dr Chengzhi Peng (Architecture) & Dr Daniela Romano (Computer Science) to work on "Interactive Modelling of a City´s Theatre Spaces", Dr Carmen Szabo and Dr Steve Nicholson (English) & Prof Flora Samuel (Architecture) to work on "Performing the City", and Dr Steve Maddock (Computer Science) & Dr Frances Babbage (English) to work on "Documenting Character Performance for Pre- and Post-Production Theatre Activities", in collaboration with the Sheffield Theatres Trust and the Digital Region Project, grant awarded 185K.

The Augustine House Experiment (AHE), in collaboration with the iBorrow Team based at the Canterbury Christ Church University, JISC Institutional Innovation Benefits Realisation Phase 1C, 01 Jan 2010 - 30 November 2010, grant awarded £15,000.

A Web-Based Interactive Visualisation Modelling Platform to Effect Participative and Collaborative Planning and Design of Future Learning Spaces (PI: Chengzhi Peng, Project Manager: Leo Care, Lead Platform Usability Evaluator: Howard Evans, Web System Developer: Darren Roberts, 3D Digital Architectural Modeller: Puja Basu, Estate Space Metadata Developer: Panagiotis Patlakas), JISC Institutional Innovation Programme, Call II: Large-Scale Institutional Exemplars, 1 October 2008 – 31 March 2010, grant awarded £297,344 (Total Project Cost: £371,679 with Institutional Contribution: £74,335).

THRESHOLD: An interactive installation artwork for Leonardo-Net (PI: Chengzhi Peng, CI: Stephen Walker, RA: Nadia Mounajjed), Leonardo-Net, Cultural and Creativity Programme, EPSRC, 20 July 2005, in collaboration with Peter Wright (University of York); Sita Popat (University of Leeds); Pat Healey, Nick Bryan-Kinns (University of London Queen Mary), grant awarded £1,600.

International Conference Grant (PI: Chengzhi Peng), Royal Society, 10 May 2004, grant awarded £1,000.

E-City Sheffield: Development of Dynamic Virtual City of Sheffield for Online Urban Visualisation and Design (PI: Chengzhi Peng, CI: Bryan Lawson, RA: David C. Chang), Sheffield Urban Regeneration Company Ltd. (Sheffield One), Apr 2003 – Mar 2004, grant awarded £20,000.

Reconstructing Historical Architecture and Cities in Hypermedia Space for Collaborative Research and Design (PI: Chengzhi Peng, CI: Peter Blundell Jones & Bryan Lawson, RA: David C. Chang), Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Research Grant Scheme (RG/AN5875/APN9446), December 1999 –January 2002, grant awarded £85,248.

Advanced Decision Support for the Construction Design Process (PI: Bryan Lawson, CI: Chengzhi Peng, RA: Cristina Cerulli, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovative Manufacturing Initiative (GR/M42398), May 1999 – April 2001, in collaboration with Grame Cooper, Yacine Rezgui (Informatics Research Institute, University of Salford); Ralph Bilsborrow, Gordon Tero (Building Design Partnership Ltd.); and Robert Aish (Bentley Systems Inc.), grant awarded £105,385.

Outdoor-Indoor Coupled Simulation Framework for Climate Change Conscious Urban Neighbourhood Design Mapping by Performing Digital Design Digital Design


A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of recent publications please click here.

Journal articles