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Shelley Webster

  • University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    University Way
    London, E16 2RD
    United Kingdom
    E16 2RD

    Heba is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Programme Leader for BSc (Hons) Architectural Design Technology. She has worked for four years as a Lecturer at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA)- Cardiff University, and previously at the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. Heba is External Examiner for BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology at Anglia Ruskin University (2016-2020). Dr Elsharkawy is currently a Principal Investigator to Newton Institutional Links project; Sustainable Development of the Built Environment funded by British Council with total grant £288K. Heba is the Director of the annual international summer programme; A+D Design Lab at the University of East London and previously led the Low Carbon Architecture Summer Programme (LCASP) at the WSA, Cardiff University (2013-2015).  

    Heba achieved the accreditation of the BSc (Hons) in Architectural Design Technology by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) for five years starting from September 2016. She is leading the Sustainable Design Group and is setting up an environmental design research centre and lab at the University of East London. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), an associated member to the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and an RIBA affiliated member. Heba 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 has worked in practice in various design projects as a registered architect in the Middle East and North Africa.


    Dr Elsharkawy is currently a Principal Investigator to Newton Institutional Links project; Sustainable Development of the Built Environment funded by British Council with total grant £288K (2016-2018).  Heba is also leading a collaborative research project with Newham Council retrofit projects.

    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 Newham Council 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.

    Dr. Elsharkawy is supervising PhD students in the University of East London and has been an internal and external examiner at UK Higher Education. Institutions 

    Bertug Ozarisoy: Assisting Urban Process and Mass Housing Estates Developments in Contested Spaces Through Understanding Energy Consumption and Occupant’s Behaviour: A Case Study of Famagusta Bay

    Wei Shi: An Investigation of Occupants’ Behaviour and Lifestyle Patterns Affecting Energy Performance in UK Homes: Case Studies of Council Housing in London.

    Heba was responsible for supervising postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students in research related to the sustainable design of the built environment, energy policy, and sustainable energy consumption in Cardiff University. Her 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 research 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. Heba's research interests are also in 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.


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