Dr Ahmad Taki

Job: Reader in Energy and Indoor Climate; Subject Head - Architectural Technology; Programme leader BSc Architectural Technology and MSc Architecture & Sustainability

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Leicester School of Architecture

Research group(s): Architecture Research Group

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH UK.

T: +44 (0)116 257 7408

E: ahtaki@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/lsa


Personal profile

Dr Ahmad Taki is a Reader in Energy and Indoor Climate. He is experienced in design strategies and building physics to promote and encourage sustainability, human thermal interaction with the built environment, and computer modelling. He is a member of EPSRC College for peer review of research proposals. He has already worked successfully on funded research contracts which have given him considerable experience in managing research contracts and in disseminating research findings. Dr Taki is an invited author of ‘Ch. 3 Heat Transfer’ section of the CIBSE Design Guide and has given overseas presentations on his work related to human thermal environment field. He was coordinator for REF2014 UoA16, and is now involved in REF2021 as impact and REF coordinator for UoA16. He is currently working on methods aimed at improving alignment between houses, contexts, climates and energy performance. These research projects investigate a range of topics including sustainable residential buildings and low-carbon retrofits in low income dwellings in the context of developing countries. He recently published a book chapter on research methodology in the built environment and concluded a research project on methods to characterise and control legionella bacteria in evaporative cooling systems. Dr Taki has successfully supervised 13 PhD students and is currently supervising 8 others. He is a founder and Programme Leader of both BSc Architectural Technology and MSc Architecture & Sustainability programmes.

Research group affiliations

Architecture Research Group

Publications and outputs 

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Key research outputs

Younis A, Taki, A. and Bhattacharyya, S (2016). Sustainable issues in low-middle income apartments in urban Amman/Jordan: Heating devices and health concerns.3rd OIKONET Conference on global dwelling: sustainability – design – participation, September 2016 Manchester UK.

Nagah Ali, Ahmad Taki, & Birgit Painter (2016). Comparison Study of Traditional and Contemporary Islamic Dwelling Design in Hot Climates, with Reference to Benghazi, Libya. 3rd OIKONET Conference on global dwelling: sustainability – design – participation, September 2016 Manchester UK.

Taki, A and Alabid, J (2016). Learning from bioclimatic desert Architecture: A case study of Ghadames, Libya. In: V. Ahmed, A. Opoku and Z. Aziz, Eds. 2016. Research Methodology in the Built Environment: A Selection of Case Studies. Routledge: London. Ch. 11. ISBN: 978-1-13-884947-1.

Elena Kalcheva, Ahmad Taki and Yuri Hadi (2016).Perception of indoor environmental quality of the residents of high-rise buildings in Bulgaria. Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture Research, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp.1371-1378. ISSN: 2333-911X

Almerbati, N., Headley, D., Ford, P. and Taki, A. (2016). From Manual to Hybrid, Parametric Mashrabiya:  Digital Workflows for the Re-envisioning and Conservation of Eastern Architectural Screens and the Engagement of Digital Tectonics. The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design, vol. 10, issue 2, pp29-39. ISSN: 2325-1662. Available online March 31, 2016,  doi:10.18848/2325-1662/CGP

Research interests/expertise

  • Energy and indoor climate
  • Human thermal interaction with the built environment
  • Low energy systems
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Building performance modelling 

Areas of teaching

  • PhD supervision
  • Environmental design
  • Building Physics
  • Building performnce modelling
  • Human thermal comfort


BSc; MSc; PhD

Courses taught

  • BA Architecture (Part I)
  • MArch (Part II)
  • BSc Architectural Technology
  • MSc Architecture and Sustainability

Membership of external committees

Member of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) College for peer review of research proposals since 2000.

Membership of professional associations and societies

Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 1995-2013

Conference attendance


Consultancy work

Consultancy for Peterborough City Council.  The research project entitled ‘Empirical Study of the Sustainability of a Peterborough Theatre’.  2007.

Current research students

  • Research supervision of Shafiaa AlGhamdi registered for PhD from 01/01/2016. The research project entitled ‘Design methods for better performance building façades for Saudi dwellings’ (1st supervisor).
  • Research supervision of Asem AlBunni registered for PhD from 1/1/2016. The research project entitled ‘The exploitation of Building Information Modelling within sustainable architectural intervention processes of existing buildings’ (1st supervisor).
  • Research supervision of Nagah Ali registered for PhD from 1/1/2015. The research project entitled ‘The development of sustainable courtyard housing in hot climates (1st supervisor).
  • Research supervision for Elena KALCHEVA PhD from 1/10/2014. The research project entitled ‘Enhancing quality of life in residential high-rises: Sustainable design responses’ (1st supervisor).
  • Research supervision of Ekele Thompson OCHEDI for PhD from 1/10/2014. The research project entitled ‘Practices approach for sustainable building designs in Nigeria’ (1st supervisor).
  • Research supervision of Ahmad Younis registered for PhD from 1/10/2013. The research project entitled ‘Low-carbon retrofits in low-middle income apartment buildings: A case study of Amman/Jordan’ (1st supervisor).
  • Research supervision of Jamal Alabid registered for PhD from 1/10/2012. The research project entitled ‘Sustainable housing design in hot climates with reference to Ghadames, Libya’ (1st supervisor).
  • Research supervision of Aliyu Ramatu registered for PhD from 01/04/2011. The research project entitled ‘Designing for sustainable communities within Abuja, federal capital territory of Nigeria’ (2nd supervisor).

Externally funded research grants information

New Technology Institute, NTI, Energy & Environment proposal. The funding was for the purchase of equipment and softwares that were used directly for the delivery of education and training to students (2004 and 2005). This was collaboration with the Institute of Energy and Sustainable Development (IESD).

EPSRC-funded research proposal entitled ‘Human Body Convection and Radiation Measurement for Typical Indoor Environments and Conditions’. The project was collaboration with Loughborough University (1999-2002).

Internally funded research project information

  • Proof-of-principle (PoP) grant ‘Investigation into evaporative coolers for controlling legionella bacteria using innovative catalyst technology’, (approx. £19k, 2015-2016)
  • A joined University and CARA PhD tuition fees award was secured to investigate ‘The development of a new computer model for generating architectural spatial formations’ (approx. £7k, 2014-2017).
  • Frontrunner placements ‘Microbial indoor air quality in lecture theatres’, (approx. £700, 4 August 2014-3 May 2015.
  • A University PhD Full Bursary studentship was secured to investigate ‘Enhancing quality of life in residential high-rises: Sustainable design responses’ (approx. £57k, 2014-2017).
  • A University PhD tuition fees award was secured to investigate ‘Design for adapting to climate change for sustainable buildings’ (approx. £13k; Oct’13-Oct’16).
  • A University PhD studentship was secured to assess ‘the contribution of household dust in SVOC contamination for indoor environments’ (approx £30k, 2002-2005).
  • A University PhD studentship was secured to assess ‘stabilising airflows in chilled ceiling/ displacement ventilation environments’ (approx £30k, 2001-2004).

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