Professor Ahmad Taki

Job: Professor of Building Performance and Sustainability; Director of Architecture Research Institute

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Leicester School of Architecture

Research group(s): Architecture Research Institute

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7408




Personal profile

Professor Ahmad Taki is a Director of the Architecture Research Institute, a Professor of Building Performance and Sustainability, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Professor Taki 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 the EPSRC College for peer review of research proposals. Professor Taki is an invited author of the ‘Heat Transfer’ section of the CIBSE Design Guide and has given overseas presentations on his work related to the human thermal environment and building performance field.

Professor Taki has already worked successfully on several funded research projects, giving him considerable experience in managing research contracts and disseminating research findings. He is currently working on methods aimed at improving alignment between houses, contexts, climates and energy performance. This has led to the development of research methodologies in the built environment and frameworks, together with prototypes for sustainable houses satisfying the social and cultural needs of the local community in the context of developing countries. Professor Taki is the Coordinator for UoA13 for REF2028. He has successfully supervised 26 PhD students and is currently supervising 10 others. Professor Taki is a founder of both the BSc Architectural Technology and the MSc Architecture & Sustainability programmes at the Leicester School of Architecture.

Professor Taki would be interested in supervising PhD students in this field.

Research group affiliations

Architecture Research Institute

Key research outputs

Nwakaego C. Onyenokporo, Ahmad Taki, Luis Z. Montalvo and Muyiwa Oyinlola (2023) Thermal Performance Characterization of Cement-Based Masonry Blocks Incorporating Rice Husk Ash. Construction and Building Materials 398 (2023) 132481. (Open Access Article)

Ahmad Taki and Haripriya Kumari (2023) Examining Mashrabiya’s Impact on Energy Efficiency and Cultural Aspects in Saudi Arabia. Sustainability 2023, 15(13), (Open Access Article)

Nwakaego C. Onyenokporo, Ahmad Taki and Luis Z. Montalvo (2023) Reuse of landfilled rice waste for low-carbon construction of dwellings. The 2nd International Conference on Construction, Energy, Environment & Sustainability 27-30 June 2023, Funchal, Portugal.

Ahmad Taki and Anastasiya Zakharanka (2023) The Effect of Degradation on Cold Climate Building Energy Performance: A Comparison with Hot Climate Buildings. Sustainability 202315(8), 6372. (Open Access Article)

 Ahmad Taki and Anastasiya Zakharanka (2023) The Impact of Degradation on a Building’s Energy Performance in Hot-Humid Climates. Sustainability 202315(2), 1145. (Open Access Article)

Ahmad Taki and Viet Ha Xuan Doan (2022) A New Framework for Sustainable Resilient Houses on the Coastal Areas of Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. Sustainability 202214(13), 7630. (Open Access Article)

Ahmad Taki and Bilal Alsheglawi (2022) Toward Energy-Efficient Houses Considering Social Cultural Needs in Bahrain: A New Framework Approach. Sustainability 202214(11), 6842. (Open Access Article)

Jegede, O and Taki, AH (2021) Optimization of Building Envelopes using Indigenous Materials to achieve Thermal Comfort and Affordable Housing in Abuja, Nigeria. International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation.

Ochedi, ET and Taki AH (2021) A framework Approach to the Design of Energy Efficient Residential Buildings in Nigeria. Journal of Energy & Built Environment.

Ayodele T.T, Taki A.H, Oyinlola M.A, Bhattacharyya, S (2020) Review of retrofit interventions for residential buildings in hot humid climates. International Journal of Environmental Science &  Development, Vol. 11, No. 5, p251-257

Ochedi E.T and Taki A H (2020) Towards Energy Efficient Buildings in Nigeria: Challenges and Opportunities. Journal of Engineering and Architecture. December 2019, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp.125-133 ISSN: 2334-2986

Mamdooh Alwetaishi and Ahmad Taki (2019) Investigation into energy performance of a school building in a hot climate: Optimum of window to wall ratio (WWR). Journal of Indoor Built Environment.

Sharmin, T., Bradbury, S., Montalvo, L. Z. and Taki, A. (2019) Post-occupancy evaluation of architecturally-designed low-income housing in Ahmadabad, India. SuDBE2019 - The 9th International Conference Sustainable Development in the Building and Environment, University of Reading, UK, 22nd-28th July, 2019

Ochedi E.T and Taki A H (2019) Energy efficient building design in Nigeria: an assessment of the sun on energy consumption in residential buildings. Journal of Engineering and Architecture.

 Ahmad Taki, Elena Kalcheva and Yuri Hadi (2018). Sustainable design responses for residential high-rises. Journal of Buildings and Sustainability 2018 Vol. 1 No. 2, p23-34.

Taki, AH and Alabid, J (2018) ‘A social-environmental interface of sustainable development: A case study of Ghadames, Libya’. In: Dastbaz, Mohammad, Naude, Wim and Manoochehri, Jamileh, Eds. 2018. Smart Futures, Challenges of Urbanisation, and Social Sustainability. Springers International Publishing: Ch.7, p.117-130

Elena Kalcheva, Ahmad Taki, Yuri Hadi (2017). Social and Environmental Sustainability for Better Quality of Life in Residential High-Rises. Journal of Buildings and Sustainability 2017 Vol. 1 No. 1, p13-24.

Maryam Abbakyari and Ahmad Taki (2017). Passive Design Strategies for Energy Efficient Housing in Nigeria, PLEA2017 conference, Edinburgh, UK 3-5 July 2017

 Jamal Alabid and Ahmad Taki (2017). Optimising Residential Courtyard in Terms of Social and Environmental Performance for Ghadames Housing, Libya, PLEA2017 conference, Edinburgh, UK 3-5 July 2017

 Alabid, J., Taki, A.H. and Painter, B. (2017) Simulation of Traditional and Contemporary Dwellings in Ghadames, Libya. Living and Sustainability: An Environmental Critique of Design and Building Practices, Locally and Globally AMPS, Architecture_MPS; London South Bank University 2017

 Younis, A., Taki, A. H. and Bhattacharyya, S. (2017) 'Towards resilient low-middle income apartments in Amman, Jordan: A thermal performance investigation of heating load. CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium, Loughborough, UK 5-6 April 2017

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

  • Low impact built environment
  • Energy and indoor climate
  • Human thermal interaction with the built environment
  • Building performance and sustainability  
  • Research methodologies in the built environment
  • Low energy systems

Areas of teaching

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



Courses taught

  • BSc Architectural Technology
  • MSc Architecture and Sustainability

Honours and awards

PVC Dean Award for Best Contribution to the Research Environment in 2018


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

Chartered Fellow of Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) since 2018

Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (HEA) since 2017

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 Oliver Peacock ‘Utilising 3D holographic elements in Schlieren imaging to investigate the behaviour of the boundary layer in the human microenvironment
    • Research supervision of Daben Wang. The research project entitled 'Solar Reflected Glare from High-Rise Building Façades'.
    • Research supervision of Haya Almaawi. The research project entitled ‘Investigation into the thermal comfort level performance of the outer- garments in Saudi Arabia’.
    • Research supervision of Abdulrahman Muhammad ‘Passive design strategies to improve energy efficiency of high-rise office builidngs in Abuja'.
    • Research supervision of Anthony Maduabum’ Thermal Comfort Conditions in Classroms built with interlocking stabilized compressed earth blocks in Nigeria'.
    • Research supervision of Ponzing Lar ‘Assessing indoor air quality towards improving ventilation strategies in worship centres in Nigeria’.
    • Research supervision of Yusra Ali DMU bursary ‘the success of UK high streets in relation to their performance as public spaces’.
    • Research supervision of Zainab ‘Promoting the relevance of socio-cultural context in sustainable architecture – a study of mass housing design in Abuja, Nigeria’
    • Research supervision of Mahnour ‘Improving the quality of life through sustainable high-rise living as a response to current social, environment and economic issues caused by urbanization in developing countries'.
    • Research supervision of Maryam Abbakyari 'Framework for sustainable housing for the urban poor using empathic design method: a case study of a slum community in Nigeria'
    • Research supervision of Nwakaego Onyenokporo Addition of rice husk ash to concrete masonry blocks to improve thermal comfort and reduce the cost of buildings: A case study of Abuja, Nigeria’.


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

    • DMU RA funding £1,111 (2022) to hire an RA for 6 weeks to set up and calibrate the optical/laser schlieren system
    • DMU Capital bid £27,000 (2022) to purchase laser and Schlieren recording materials
    • DMU HEIF £20,000 (2021) Setting up and constructing a proof of principle Schlieren system Schlieren system
    • A University PhD Higher Flyer PhD studentship was secured to investigate ‘the success of UK high streets in relation to their performance as public spaces’ (2020-2023; approx. £57k)
    • A DMU GCRF proposal (2019) entitled “Socio-cultural and environmental experiences in low income tropical housing”. The funding requested was £25k
  • A University PhD Higher Flyer PhD studentship was secured to investigate ‘Addition of rice husk ash in the production of concrete masonry blocks to reduce cost and improve energy performance of buildings: A case study of Abuja, Nigeria (2019-2022; approx. £57k)
  • 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).

Professional esteem indicators


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