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 less developed countries. Professor Taki is the coordinator for UoA13 for REF2029. He has successfully supervised 27 PhD students and is currently supervising 10 others. Professor Taki is the 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

Onyenokporo, N.C.; Taki, A.; Montalvo, L.Z.; Oyinlola, M.A. (2024) Exploring the Impact of Rice Husk Ash Masonry Blocks on Building Energy Performance. Buildings 2024, 14, 1290.

Aghimien, D., Zapata-Montalvo, L., Osunsanmi, T., Aigbavboa, C., and Taki, A. (2024). Attaining Ambidexterity in Construction Organisations through Digitalisation. In Omotayo et al. (eds.) Innovations, Disruptions and Future Trends in the Global Construction Industry, Routledge, UK. pp.215-232

Shwashreh, L.; Taki, A.; Kagioglou, M. (2024) Retrofit Strategies for Alleviating Fuel Poverty and Improving Subjective Well-Being in the UK’s Social Housing. Buildings 2024, 14, 316. 

Jariwala, M.; Taki, A. (2023) Mitigating Overheating Risks for Modern Flats in London Due to Climate Change. Designs 2023, 7, 124. 

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.

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

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 2023, 15(8), 6372.   

Ahmad Taki and Anastasiya Zakharanka (2023) The Impact of Degradation on a Building’s Energy Performance in Hot-Humid Climates. Sustainability 2023, 15(2), 1145.  

Aghimien, D., Aigbavboa, C., Oke, A., Oladinrin, O. and Taki, A. (2023) A Delphi Exploration of Construction Digitalisation in South Africa. The Thirteenth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-13), Arnhem, The Netherlands| May 8 – 11, 2023

Aghimien, D., Aigbavboa, C., Oke, A. and Taki, A. (2023) Unearthing the outcomes of construction digitalisation – a South African perspective. AHFE 2023 International Conference, July 20-24, 2023 - San Francisco, California, USA

Ahmad Taki and Viet Ha Xuan Doan (2022) A New Framework for Sustainable Resilient Houses on the Coastal Areas of Khanh Hoa, Vietnam. Sustainability 2022, 14(13), 7630.   

Ahmad Taki and Bilal Alsheglawi (2022) Toward Energy-Efficient Houses Considering Social Cultural Needs in Bahrain: A New Framework Approach. Sustainability 2022, 14(11), 6842.   

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

Mamdooh Alwetaishi and Ahmad Taki (2020) Investigation into energy performance of a school building in a hot climate: Optimum of window to wall ratio (WWR). Journal of Indoor Built Environment. 

Ochedi E.T and Taki A H (2019) 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

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. 

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 

Warner, K., Abuzeinab A and Taki AH (2018) A review of sustainable business models and strategic sustainable development. Business Model Conference, University of Florence, Italy, June 2018. Published in Journal of Business Models, Vol. 6, No. 2 p84-89.

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

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.

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.

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

Kalcheva, E., Taki, A., Hadi, Y. (2017) Infrastructure of Bulgarian High-Rise Estates: Realities and Hopes. In: Govil, J.N. (ed) Socio-Economic Empowerment. New Delhi, Studium Press, pp.123-140.

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

 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

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

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

Elena Kalcheva, Yuri Hadi and Ahmad Taki (2016). Focus on lived spaces and Identity: the Paradigm of the urban design with residential high-rises in England. ARCHDESIGN '16, 3rd International Architectural Design conference on design and nature, June17-18, 2016, Istanbul, Turkey, pp106-111, ISBN 978-605-9207-26-3 

Kalcheva, E., Taki, A.H., and Hadi, Y. (2016). Residential High-Rises and Meaningful Places: Missing Actions in the Isle of Dogs Regeneration. ICCEA 2016: 18th International Conference on Civil Engineering and Architecture, 19-20 May, 2016, Berlin, Germany, pp2379-2385 ISSN 2010-376M

Elena Kalcheva, Ahmad Taki and Yuri Hadi (2016). Foundations of the vertical city in England:  architectural theory and practice. 4th Annual International Conference on Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE 2016), 25-26 April, Singapore, pp18-23 ISSN: 2301-394X

Alabid, J., Taki, A. and Painter, B. (2016). Control of Daylight and Natural Ventilation in Traditional Architecture of Ghadames, Libya. In 21st Century Human Habitat : Issues, Sustainability and Development Akure, Nigeria, 21-24 March, 2016, ISBN 978-1-898523-00.

Kalcheva, E, Taki, A and Hadi, Y (2016). High-Rises and Urban Design: The Reasons for Unsuccessful Place-making with Residential High-Rises in England. ICBAU 2016: 18th International Conference on Building, Architecture and Urbanism, March 14-15, 2016 in Paris, France, p331-338, ISSN: 2010-376M.

Ochedi E.T, Taki A., and Painter B. (2016). Low cost approach to energy efficient buildings in Nigeria: A review of passive Design Options. In 21st Century human habitat: issues, sustainability and development, Akure, Nigeria, 21-24 March, 2016, p47-54, ISBN 978-1-898523-00.

Younis A, Taki, A. and Bhattacharyya, S (2016). Low-Middle Income Apartments in Urban Amman/Jordan: Energy Challenges and Motivations. The 2nd International Conference on Architecture, Structure and Civil Engineering (ICASCE'16), London, March 26-27, 2016, pp120-127 ISBN 978-93-84422-62-2.

Elena Kalcheva, Ahmad Taki and Yuri Hadi (2016). Sustainable high-rises in a sustainable development-the case of Salford Quays. IEREK’s International conference on  Urban Planning and Architectural Design in Developing Countries, 14th- 16th October 2015, Lecce – Italy. Procedia - Social and Behavioural Sciences (216), p.960-973, ISNN 1877-0428

Headley, D., Almerbati, N., Ford, P. and Taki, A.  (2015). From research to practice: exploring 3D printing in production of architectural Mashrabiya, R.H. Crawford and A. Stephan (eds.), In: Proceedings of Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment: 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2015, The Architectural Science Association and The University of Melbourne, pp.1009–1017

Almerbati, N., Ford, P., Taki, A. and Dean, L. (2015). Beyond Romantic Mashrabiya: the Production of a Personalized and Efficient window screen in Middle East Dwellings. In: 9th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, 12-14 March 2015, Chicago.

Almerbati, N., Ford, P., Taki, A. and Dean, L. (2014). From Vernacular to personalised and sustainable: The value of additively manufactured window screens in the Middle Eastern dwellings. MADEO, F. and SCHNABEL, M.  (eds.), In: Proceedings of Across: Architectural Research through to Practice: 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Genoa, December 2014, the Architectural Science Association & Genova University Press, pp. 479–490

Alabid, JM and Taki, AH (2014). Bioclimatic Housing Design to Desert Architecture: A Case Study of Ghadames, Libya. Journal of HVAC&R Research, vol.20, issue 7, p760-769

Alabid, JM, Taki, AH and Cowd, B (2014). Desert Architectural Review of Ghadames Housing in Libya, the First International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates held in Doha, Qatar, February 24 - 26, 2014, p240-247 ISBN 978-1-936504-69-5

EL-ASMAR, JP and TAKI, AH (2014). Sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment in Lebanon. Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society, vol. 10, pp22-38, ISNN 2210-6707

E. L. A. ALLU, O. J. EBOHON and A. H.  TAKI (2013) Architectural Design: Its Roles on Buildings for Sustainable Development. Proceedings of the International Post Graduate Research Conference (IPGC), 8-10 April, 2013 Salford UK, pp92-104

EBOHON, O. J, TAKI, A. H. and ALLU, Evelyn. L. A. (2013). Sustainable Agenda: Challenges of Mitigation and Adaptation in the Nigerian Built Environment. Proceedings of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria (ARCON). Architects Colloquium. 22-25 April, 2013. Abuja. 150-173

TAKI, AH and PENDRED, R (2012). Energy efficient construction methods in UK dwellings. Journal of Architectural Engineering Technology, vol.1, issue 2, ISNN 2168-9717

TAKI, AH and PENDRED, R (2012). The impact of fabric construction methods on energy performance and costs in English dwellings. The fifth international conference on energy and research development, Kuwait 9-11 April 2012.

EL-ASMAR, JP, EBOHON, J and TAKI, AH (2012). Bottom-up approach to sustainable urban development in Lebanon: The case of Zouk Mosbeh. Journal of Sustainable Cities and Society vol 2, pp37-44  ISBN 2210-6707

Taki, AH, Jalil, L, Loveday, DL (2011) Experimental and computational investigation into suppressing natural convection in chilled ceiling/displacement ventilation environments, Energy and Buildings, 43(11), pp.3082-3089, ISSN: 0378-7788.  

AYENI, D, EBOHON, OJ and TAKI, AH (2011). The likely effect of sustainable landscape on the quality of life through tourism: focus on Nigeria. West Africa Built Environment Research Conference, Accra, Ghana 19-21 July 2011. ISBN 978-0-9566060-1-3 p907-918.

AYENI, D, EBOHON, OJ and TAKI, AH (2009). Local Constraints on Sustainable Tourism Development in Africa; the Nigerian Example. Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development Conference Tripoli-Libya 3-5 November, 2009 ISBN 978-9957-8602-9-5

AYENI, D, EBOHON, OJ and TAKI, AH (2009). The need to Explore Sustainable Tourism for Developmental Growth in Nigeria. 4th International Conference for Postgraduate Researchers of the Built and Natural Environment, Glasgow, Scotland, 19-20th November, 2009. ISBN 978-190-5866-410 p87-95

AYENI, D, OLOTUAH, AO, EBOHON, OJ and TAKI, AH (2009). Promoting sustainable tourism through landscape architecture in developing countries: Case study of Nigeria. The 9th International Postgraduate Research Conference, 29-30 Jan’09, University of Salford, UK. ISBN 978-1-905732-64-7, p781-789

JAKOB, U, EICKER, U, SCHNEIDER, D, TAKI, AH, and COOK, MJ (2008). Simulation and experimental investigation into diffusion absorption cooling machines for air-conditioning applications. Applied Thermal Engineering, vol. 28, p1138-1150, ISBN1359-4311.

TAKI, AH, EBOHON, OJ and JALIL, L (2007) ‘Low energy theatre building’ confidential report to Peterborough City Council, 42 pages.

 JAKOB, U, EICKER, U, SCHNEIDER, D, TAKI, AH and COOK, MJ (2005). Development of a solar powered diffusion absorption cooling machine. Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Solar Air Conditioning, Staffelstein, Germany, p111-115, ISBN3-934681-41-7.

Taki, AH, Jalil, L, Loveday, DL (2005) Stabilising airflows in chilled ceiling/displacement ventilation environments, 22nd International Conference, PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture - Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Proceedings, vol.1, pp.473-478. ISBN 9953 418 69 1, Beirut, Lebanon Nov’05

EL-ASMAR, JP, TAKI, AH, EBOHON, J and RADFORD, D (2005). Sustainability: changing attitudes in Lebanon. PLEA 2005, the 22nd International conference on Environmental Sustainability, Beirut, Lebanon Nov’05, vol.2, p927-931, ISBN 9953 418 69 1.

KUBAHA, K, FIALA, D, TOFTUM, J, and TAKI, AH (2004). Human projected area factors for detailed direct and diffuse solar radiation analysis. International Journal of Biometeorology, vol. 49 (2), p113-129. ISSN: 0020-7128 

 JAKOB, U, EICKER, U, SCHNEIDER, D, TAKI, AH and COOK, MJ (2004). New results of a small scale solar thermal driven diffusion-absorption cooling machine. International 14th Symposium on Thermal Solar Energy, Staffelstein, Germany, p482-487, ISBN3-934681-33-6.

 JAKOB, U, EICKER, U, SCHNEIDER, D, TAKI, AH and COOK, MJ (2003). Development of an optimised solar driven Diffusion-Absorption Cooling Machines. Proceedings of the 13th Symposium Thermal Solar Energy, Staffelstein, Germany, p259-264, ISBN 3-934681-26-3.

 ZHOU, GH, LOVEDAY, DL, TAKI, AH and PARSONS, KC (2002). Measurement of the Airflow and Temperature Fields around Live Subjects and the Evaluation of Human Heat Loss. Indoor Air 2002, the 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, vol.4, p683-688, ISBN 0-9721832-0-5, Monterey, California, USA.

Loveday, DL, Parsons, KC, Taki, AH, Hodder, S (2002) Displacement Ventilation Environments with Chilled Ceilings: Thermal Comfort Design within the Context of the BS EN ISO7730 Versus Adaptive Debate, Energy and Buildings, 34(6), pp.573-579, ISSN: 0378-7788. 

Zhou, GH, Loveday, DL, Taki, AH, Parsons, KC (2002) Design and testing of a garment for measuring sensible heat transfer between the human body and its environment, ASHRAE Transactions, 108(2), pp.263-272, ISSN: 0001-2505.

JALIL, L, TAKI, AH and LOVEDAY DL (2002). Computation of Airflow in a Displacement Ventilation/Chilled Ceiling Environment. Indoor Air 2002, the 9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate, vol.1, p272-277, ISBN 0-9721832-0-5, Monterey, California, USA.

LOVEDAY, DL and TAKI, AH (2001). CIBSE Design Guide C3, The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, London, Butterworth Heinemann, ISBN 0750653604 

TAKI, AH, SEDEN, MR, EALIWA, MA and HOWARTH, AT (2001). Designing for Thermal Comfort in Old Buildings in Ghadames, Libya: PMV versus Adaptive Model, International Conference on Moving Thermal Comfort Standards into 21st Century, p92-101, ISBN 1-873640-33-1, Windsor, UK.

LOVEDAY, DL, PARSONS, KC, TAKI, AH, and HODDER, SG (2001). Thermal Comfort Design of Chilled Ceiling/ Displacement Ventilation Environments based on ISO 7730: Validation, Adaptive Context and Influence on System Configurations, International Conference on Moving Thermal Comfort Standards into 21st Century, p323-334, ISBN 1-873640-33-1, Windsor, UK.

EALIWA, MA, TAKI, AH, HOWARTH, AT and SEDEN, MR (2001). An Investigation into Thermal Comfort in Summer Seasons of Ghadames, Libya, Building and Environment, vol. 36, no. 2, p231-237, ISBN 0360 1323.

EALIWA, MA, TAKI, AH, HOWARTH, AT and SEDEN, MR (2000). The Effect of Outdoor Climate on Human Perception of Thermal Comfort in Ghadames, Libya, The Seventh International Conference on Ventilation for Health and Sustainable Environment- RoomVent’2000, vol.2, p1099-1104, ISBN 0 080 430171, Reading, UK.

 EALIWA, MA, TAKI, AH, HOWARTH, AT and SEDEN, MR (1999). Field Investigation of Thermal Comfort in both Naturally and Mechanically Ventilated Buildings in Ghadames, Libya, The Eight International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate- Indoor Air 99, Edinburgh, UK, vol. 2, p166-171, ISBN 186081 295 3.

 TAKI, AH, EALIWA, MA, HOWARTH, AT and SEDEN, MR (1999). Assessing Thermal Comfort in Ghadames, Libya: Application of Adaptive Model, Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, vol. 20, pt 4, p205-210, ISSN 0143-6244.

TAKI, AH and MOORE, T (1998). Case Study on Prevalence and Possible Causes of Sick Building Syndrome Symptoms, The Sixth International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms- RoomVent '98, Stockholm, Sweden, vol. 1, p155-161, ISSN 0284-141X.

Loveday, DL, Taki, AH, Parsons, KC, Hodder, S, Jeal, L (1998) Designing for Thermal Comfort in Combined Chilled Ceiling/Displacement Ventilation Environments, ASHRAE Transactions, 104(Pt 1B), pp.901-911, ISSN: 0001-2505.

Hodder, SG, Loveday, DL, Parsons, KC, Taki, AH (1998) Thermal Comfort in Chilled Ceiling and Displacement Ventilation Environments: Vertical Radiant Temperature Asymmetry Effects, Energy and Buildings, 27, pp.167-173, ISSN: 0378-778

Loveday, DL and Taki, AH (1998) Outside Surface Resistance: Proposed New Value for Building Design, Proc. CIBSE A: Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, 19(1), pp.23-29, ISSN: 0143-6244.

LOVEDAY, DL, PARSONS, KC, HODDER, S and TAKI, AH (1997). Chilled Ceiling and Displacement Ventilation Environments: Airflow, Radiant Asymmetry and Thermal Comfort Effects, Proceedings of BEPAC/EPSRC Conference on Sustainable Building, Abingdon, UK, p1-8, ISBN 018721126/12/x.

 TAKI, AH, LOVEDAY, DL, PARSONS, KC and HODDER, S (1997). Thermal Comfort Assessment in Chilled Ceiling and Displacement Ventilation Environments, The Second International CIB Conference on Buildings and the Environment, Paris, vol. 1, p397-404.

 MANSOUR, MA, COOK, MJ, TAKI, AH and LOMAS, KJ (1997). Use of Computational Fluid Dynamics for Modelling Passive Downdraught Evaporative Cooling, 18th AIVC Annual Conference on Ventilation and Cooling, Athens, Greece, vol. 2, p603-611, ISBN 0 946075 96 4.

 TAKI, AH, LOVEDAY, DL and PARSONS, KC (1996). The Effect of Chilled Ceiling Temperatures on Displacement Flow and Thermal Comfort- experimental and simulation studies, The Fifth International Conference on Air Distribution in Rooms-RoomVent '96, Yokohama -Japan, vol. 3, p307-314, ISBN 492455701 3.

 TAKI, AH, LOVEDAY, DL and PARSONS, KC (1996). Thermal Comfort Assessment in Chilled Ceiling and Displacement Ventilation Environments, 37th Meeting of the Climatic Physiology Group, Science and Technology Division of the Defence Clothing and Textile Agency, Colchester, UK.

Loveday, DL and Taki, AH (1996) External Convection Coefficients for Framed Rectangular Elements on Building Facades, Energy and Buildings, ENB024/2, pp.147-154. ISSN 0378 7788

Loveday, DL and Taki, AH (1996) Convective Heat Transfer Coefficients at a Plane Surface on a Full-Scale Building Facade, International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 39(8), pp.1729-1742, ISSN: 0017-9310.

Taki, AH and Loveday, DL (1996) Surface Convection Coefficients for Building Facades with Vertical Mullion-Type Protrusions. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part A: Journal of Power and Energy 210:2, pages 165-176, ISSN: 0957-6509

Loveday, DL, Taki, AH, Versteeg, H (1994) Convection coefficients at disrupted builidng facades - laboratory and simulation studies, International Journal of Ambient Energy, 15(1), pp.9-16, ISSN: 0143-0750.

TAKI, AH and MYNETT, JA (1990). A Numerical Study in the Entrance Region of Turbulent Flow Heat Exchangers, Ninth IASTED International Conference, Innsbruck, Austria, p297-302, ISBN 088986 144 7.

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

Energy Champion for the COP28 Sustainability Climate Award by DMU SDG 16 in Dec’23

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 May Mostafa 'Sustainable housing development in Dubai: The integration of passive design strategies in climatic adaptive buildings' 
    • Research supervision of Rubi Akter ‘Daylight and thermal comfort in nearly-zero energy for buildings in tropical climate- Dhaka 
    • 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 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 Maryam Abbakyari 'Framework for sustainable housing for the urban poor using empathic design method: a case study of a slum community in 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 Seed funding £5563 (2024) to commision the schlieren system
    • 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).

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