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Dr. Heba Ehab Elsharkawy

Reader in Architecture, Programme Leader in BSc (Hons) Architecture (ARB/RIBA Part 1)

Heba joined the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering (ACE) as a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology at the University of East London in January 2016 after a 4-year lectureship at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. She is currently the Principal Investigator of a Newton Institutional Links project; Sustainable Development of the Built Environment funded by the British Council.

    Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (ADT), Heba develops the structure, content and delivery of the ADT programme validated in 2014. Heba achieved the accreditation of the BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design Technology by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for five years from September 2016. She has also sought accreditation for the programme from the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). Heba has been appointed as an External Examiner to BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Anglia Ruskin University (2016-2020).
    Heba is leading the British Council Newton Institutional Links project as the Principal Investigator (total grant £288 K) which started in April 2016 and ending in March 2019. The project; Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment aims to reform and modernise higher education programmes to bridge the current gap between sustainability-related principles and theories, and embed sustainable design in practice. She has led and organised, alongside her project team, two international conferences in London (SDBE 2017, SDBE 2018) with over 200 scientific papers published and presented. The research work undertaken in this project has been fed into the BSc ADT teaching and helped strengthen Research-Led teaching in the final year research projects. Heba is actively leading UEL’s validation of BSc Environmental Architecture and Urbanism at Ain Shams University (ASU) in Cairo, Egypt which has proven successful on 1st August 2018. This initiative also led to validating another two programmes at ASU raising UEL’s profile in the MENA region.
    Heba is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and an Associated member to the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (ACIAT). She holds a PhD from the Department of Architecture and Built Environment, the University of Nottingham, UK and an MSc and BSc degrees in Architectural Engineering. She had worked in practice in various projects as a registered architect in the Middle East and North Africa. Heba planned, launched and led the new MSc in Sustainable Mega Buildings in 2014 and was the Director of International at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
    Heba has been nominated as the Impact Champion for Architecture subject area in the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering. She is leading the Sustainable Design Group and is setting up an environmental design research centre and lab at the University of East London. Heba proposed and validated A+D Design Lab summer programme (10 credits) which recruited over 120 international students 2016-2018. She had previously led the Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme (LCASP) at the WSA, Cardiff University (2013-2015) which recruited 250 international students.
    Heba was a member of Cardiff University Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team (SAT), which had a successful Bronze award in 2016 and has been an active member in the WSA Athena SWAN SAT.



    Overview

    Heba’s genuine interest in sustainable design of the built environment has always been the underpinning concept for various research and teaching activities she has undertaken. She developed particular interest in sustainable planning and design of mega-buildings. This particular interest has been partially catalysed by the fact that the principles of designing in the context of climatic variations have been well advanced for the design of low-rise and medium-rise buildings but have yet to be developed for high-rise and large-scale buildings. Hence, the current environmental agenda and focus on sustainability raises the significance of sustainable buildings.
    Heba’s research interests are within the area of energy policy and retrofit programmes globally and in the UK. She is interested in exploring people's energy consumption behaviour and lifestyles and how policy programmes should be influenced by those factors. Heba was responsible for supervising 11 postgraduate taught students and 3 postgraduate research students in projects related to sustainable design of the built environment, energy policy, and building performance and energy consumption at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.
    Heba is currently supervisor and Director of Studies to 3 PhD students (Wei Shi – submitting in Sep 2018, Bertug Ozarisoy – submitting in Sep 2019, and Hashem Taher – submitting in January 2021).
    Wei Shi: An Investigation of Occupants’ Behaviour and Lifestyle Patterns Affecting Energy Performance in UK Homes: Case Studies London Borough of Newham
    Bertug Ozarisoy: Assisting Urban Process and Mass Housing Estates Developments in Contested Spaces by Understanding Energy Consumption and Occupants’ Behaviour: A Case Study of Famagusta Bay.
    Hashem Taher: The Impact of Vertical Greenery Systems on the Energy Performance of Buildings in Temperate Climates




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    Research

    Elsharkawy, H. and Rutherford, P. (2018). Energy-efficient retrofit of social housing in the UK: Lessons learned from a Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP) in Nottingham. Energy and Buildings 172, pp. 295-306 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.04.067 


    Zahiri, S, Elsharkawy, H. (2018). Towards energy-efficient retrofit of council housing in London: Assessing the impact of occupancy and energy-use patterns on building performance.  Energy and Buildings 174, pp. 672-681 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2018.07.010 


    Elsharkawy, H. and Rutherford, P. (2015). Retrofitting social housing in the UK: home energy use and performance in a pre-community energy saving programme (CESP). Energy and Buildings 88, pp. 25-33. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.11.045 


    Shi, W., Abdalla, H., Elsharkawy, H., Chandler, A. (2017). Energy Saving of the Domestic Housing Stock: Application Development as a Plug-In for Energy Simulation Software, International Journal of Parallel, Emergent and Distributed Systems 32, pp. 114-132 https://doi.org/10.1080/17445760.2017.1390104 


    Elsharkawy, H., Zahiri, S. and Ozarisoy, B. (2018). Evaluating the Building Performance of an Office Building in London to Improve Indoor Thermal Comfort. Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2018), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 10-12 December 2018. 


    Zahiri, S., Elsharkawy H. and Shi. W. (2018). Assessing the Effect of Occupants’ behaviour on Building Energy Performance for Energy Efficient Retrofit- A case study of social housing in London. Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2018), The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, 10-12 December 2018. 


    Elsharkawy, H., Zahiri, S. and Ozarisoy, B. (2018). Improving the Building Performance and of an Office Building to Reduce Overheating Risk. Building Simulation & Optimization Conference 2018 (IBPSA 2018), Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, 11-12 September 2018 Cambridge, UK 


    Zahiri, S., Elsharkawy H. and Shi. W. (2018). The Importance of Occupancy and Energy Use Patterns on Predicting Building Energy Performance: a case study of a residential building in London. Building Simulation & Optimization Conference 2018 (IBPSA 2018), Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge, 11-12 September 2018, Cambridge, UK 


    Elsharkawy, H., Clough, J. and Zahiri, S. (2018). Education for Sustainability: Developing a framework for embedding sustainability in the built environment. International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE 2018), The Crystal, 12-13 September 2018. London, UK. 


    Ozarisoy, B. and Elsharkawy, H. (2018). Evaluation of energy performance and thermal comfort of three prototypes of residential tower blocks in Northern Cyprus. International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE 2018), The Crystal, 12-13 September 2018. London, UK. 


    Taher, H., Elsharkawy, H. and Newport, D. (2018). A review of the impact of green walls on the energy performance of buildings in temperate climates. International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment (SDBE 2018), The Crystal, 12-13 September 2018. London, UK. 


    Elsharkawy, H., and Zahiri, S.  (2017). Education for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment: Problem-Based Learning Approach for Embedding Sustainability, Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2017), Volume II (pp. 831-838). Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3-5 July 2017. 

    Zahiri, S., and Elsharkawy, H., (2017). Building Performance Evaluation for the Retrofit of Council Housing in the UK: A case study of a tower block in London, Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2017), Volume I (pp. 940-947). Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3-5 July 2017. 

    Ozarisoy, B., and Elsharkawy, H., (2017). Retrofit Strategies for the Existing Residential Tower Blocks in Northern Cyprus, Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2017), Volume I (pp. 829-836). Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3-5 July 2017. 

    Shi, W., Elsharkawy, H., and Abdalla, H. (2017). An Investigation into Energy Consumption Behaviour and Lifestyles in UK Homes: Developing A Smart Application as A Tool for Reducing Home Energy Use, Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2017), Volume I (pp. 892-899). Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3-5 July 2017. Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3-5 July 2017. 

    Taher, H., and Elsharkawy, H. (2017). The Window to Wall Ratio for High-Rise Office Buildings in a Temperate Climate: Assessing Façade Embodied Energy and Building Operative Energy (Life Cycle Energy) in London, Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2017), Volume II (pp. 1220-1227). Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3-5 July 2017. 


    Shi, W., Abdalla, H., Elsharkawy, H., Chandler, A. (2016). Energy Saving of the Domestic Housing Stock: Application Development as a Plug-In for Energy Simulation Software, Parallelism in Architecture, Environment and Computing Techniques Conference (PACT), University of East London, London, UK, 12-13 September 2016. 


    Alnusairat, S. and Elsharkawy, H. (2015). Passive design approach for high-rise buildings: from courtyards to sky courts. Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH) - 2015 Conference, Lecce, Italy, 23-25 September 2015. 


    Elsharkawy, H. (2014). Embedding ‘Critical Thinking’ skills in MSc induction programmes. Presented at the Annual Conference for Learning and Teaching, Cardiff University, UK.


    Elsharkawy, H. (2013). Communication methods for effective policy delivery. Materials Architecture Design Environment (MADE) 7, Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. 


    Elsharkawy, H., Rutherford, P., & Rashed H. (2013). Energy consumption behaviour and home performance: Community energy saving programme in Aspley, Nottingham. Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2013), Technische Universitat Munchen (TUM), Munich, Germany, 10-12 September 2013. 


    Elsharkawy, H., Rutherford, P., & Wilson, R. (2012). Targeting users' Behaviour for effective policy delivery: community energy saving programme in Aspley, Nottingham. International Association People Environment Studies Conference (IAPS 2012), 24- 29 June, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. 


    Rached, I; Elsharkawy, H. (2012). The Role of Open Spaces in the University Campus in the Egyptian Context. Designing Place conference, 2-3 Apr, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK. 


    Elsharkawy, H., Rutherford, P., & Wilson, R. (2011). Policy instruments for driving sustainable energy consumption in UK domestic sector. Passive and Low Energy Architecture (PLEA 2011). Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Leuven, Belgium. 


    Elsharkawy, H., Rutherford, P., & Wilson, R. (2010). Will the Code for Sustainable Homes deliver UK zero carbon homes target? Behaviour, Energy and Climate Change (BECC 2010), 13-17 Nov, Sacramento, California, USA. 


    Elsharkawy, H. & Rutherford, P. (2009). Mitigating Climate change: By behavioural and Social Design. CICCS Annual Conference: Innovations for a cleaner future, Poster session. Nottingham: Centre for Innovation in Carbon Capture and Storage (CICCS), University of Nottingham, Nottingham. 


    Elsharkawy, H., Rashed, H., & Rached, I. (2009). Climate change: The impact of sea level rise on Egypt. 45th ISOCARP Congress: Low Carbon Cities, 18-22 October. Porto: ISOCARP. 


    Rashed H., & Elsharkawy H. (2009). "Heritage Museums between Real and Virtual: Enhancing Visitors’ Experience." ISAAC International Conference: Promoting Cultural Heritage Tourism through Integrated e-Services, Poster session, Amsterdam. 


    Rashed, H., & Elsharkawy, H. (2009). Virtual Museum: Towards a new typology of the museum in the future. ASCAAD 's Fourth International Conference, Digitizing Architecture: formalization & content, 11-12 May (pp. 269-279). Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, College of Engineering, University of Bahrain, Bahrain. 

    Publications

    Dr. Elsharkawy is the Principal Investigator to a Newton Institutional Links project with University of Strathclyde and Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. The project is funded by British Council with a total grant of £288,000. The project is concerned with sustainable development of the built environment. Heba is also leading a collaborative research project with Newham Council retrofitting project.

    The Newton Institutional Links Fund, British Council and Higher Education International Unit Programmes (Total grant £288,000)

    “Building Capacity for Sustainable Development of the Built Environment (BC-SDBE)”

    This holistic capacity-building project approach aims to raise awareness, educate and train diverse target groups on cutting-edge strategies and best practice in integrating sustainable design strategies in the built environment. This will facilitate job opportunities for the benefit of vulnerable groups engaged by the bottom-up, building blocks methodology of the project. BC-SDBE research outputs will inform the blended training programmes offered as hands-on training sessions and online teaching and learning.

    Newham Council retrofit project – collaborative research project with University of East London

    The research project investigates existing case studies in London Borough of Newham identified as energy in-efficient with issues of damp, cold and mould. The research design adopts a mixed methods approach where qualitative and quantitative research methods are used to collect analyse and interpret data. Survey questionnaires and interviews concurrent with modelling and simulation using Design Builder and Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) form the main research tools. The outcome is a comprehensive diagnosis of reasons for issues identified and offer recommendations for more efficient energy retrofit solutions for future retrofit projects in the UK residential sector.

    Funding

    Dr Elsharkawy is the Programme Leader BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology (K101) since January 2016 and Architectural Design Resolution (1), (2), (3), Architectural Design Investigation, Technical Studies, Computing and Representation (1), (2), (3). She teaches supporting studies (Environmental Design) to Masters of Architecture (MArch) students.

    Heba leads the following core modules in BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology:

    • EG4116 Architectural Design Resolution 1 (30 Credits)* 
    • EG4117 Technical Studies, Computing and Representation 1 (30 Credits)* 
    • EG5129: Architectural Design Resolution 2 (30 Credits)* 
    • EG5130: Technical Studies, Computing and Representation 2 (30 Credits)* 
    • EG6126: Architectural Design Resolution 3 (30 Credits)* 
    • EG6125: Architectural Design Investigation (30 Credits)* 
    • EG6127: Technical and Professional Studies (30 Credits)

    Heba has an intensive sixteen-year experience in teaching, academic research, and architectural practice. She worked as a full-time Lecturer at The Welsh School of Architecture (2012-2016) teaching on the Architectural Science Masters degrees and leading the MSc in Sustainable Mega-Buildings. Heba worked as a part time lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment at Nottingham Trent University, teaching Technology and Environment in Architecture to undergraduate students. Heba has also been leading workshops in Architectural Research Methods for postgraduate students in the Department of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Nottingham 2010-2012. Heba had been studio tutor in Design Communication Studio at the same department 2009-2012. She was invited as a guest lecturer in Management of Energy Supply and Use module for MSc and BEng students at the University of Nottingham.



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