Dr Tania Sharmin

Job: Lecturer in Architecture Design and Technology

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Leicester School of Architecture

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

T: +44 (0)116 255

E: tania.sharmin@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk

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Personal profile

Tania Sharmin is a Lecturer in Architecture Design-and-Technology at De Montfort University in UK. She has a background in environmental design, energy performance of buildings (thermal modelling), CFD microclimate modelling, outdoor thermal comfort and climate-responsive urban design. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research associate at the Department of Architecture in the University of Cambridge for ‘Managing Air for Green Inner Cities’ (MAGIC), developing urban scenarios to investigate the influence of the built environment on air pollution and Urban Heat Island (UHI) impact. Prior to that, she was a research associate for Smart Design: Human-centric Planning of Urban Districts in the same department. As her personal research agenda and continuation from the current research activity, she is developing the methodological framework to carry out research in the area of human-centric planning of urban districts to examine how thermal comfort in high-density urban spaces affect healthy travel choices. As a Fellow of ‘Faculty for the Future’ Fellowship from 2012 to 2016, she completed her PhD studies at the University of Cambridge, Department of Architecture under Professor Koen Steemers. The research (link to Abstract) investigated the impact of urban form on urban micro-climate and how this affected outdoor thermal comfort in public spaces and building energy performance in the adjacent buildings in a high-density, tropical context.

 

Google Scholar profile link

https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=HtHqQPQAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

ResearchGate profile link

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tania_Sharmin

Note for prospective students:

I welcome enquiries on PhD research focusing on any of the following research areas:

Climate-responsive building and urban design / environmental design;

Thermal comfort;

Building energy performance / Thermal modelling;

Tropical climate;

Developing country;

Research group affiliations

Institute of Architecture

Publications and outputs 

Peer-reviewed Journal Paper

 

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2018. Effects of microclimate and human parameters on outdoor thermal sensation in the high-density tropical context of Dhaka. Int J Biometeorol, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00484-018-1607-2. Journal impact factor: 2.577

Sharmin, T., Steemers, K. & Matzarakis, A., 2017. Microclimatic modelling in assessing the impact of urban geometry on thermal urban environment. Sustainable Cities and Society, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2017.07.006. Journal impact factor: 3.073

Sharmin, T., Steemers, K. & Matzarakis, A., 2015. Analysis of microclimatic diversity and outdoor thermal comfort perceptions in the tropical megacity Dhaka, Bangladesh. Building and Environment, 94 (November), pp.734–750. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2015.10.007. Journal impact factor: 4.539

Sharmin, T., (2011). A Comparative Study of Sustainable Urban Forms: Compact City and Short Cycle Strategy, AIUB Journal of Science and Engineering.10 (1)

Sharmin, T., Kabir, S. and Rahman, M., (2012). A study of thermal comfort in outdoor urban spaces in respect to increasing building height in Dhaka, AIUB Journal of Science and Engineering.11 (1)

 

Journal Manuscript under preparation

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2017. Evaluation of outdoor thermal comfort condition and building energy performance for theoretical urban arrangements.

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2018. Impact of urban geometry on outdoor thermal conditions and building energy demand in a high-density, tropical context.

 

Peer reviewed Conference Paper

 

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2017. Understanding ENVI-met (V4) model behaviour in relation to environmental variables. In PLEA 2017 Edinburgh - 33th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Design to Thrive. Edinburgh.

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2016. Responsiveness of microclimate simulation tool in recognising diversity in urban geometry. In PLEA 2016 Los Angeles - 32th International Conference on Passive and Low Energy Architecture. Cities, Buildings, People: Towards Regenerative Environments. Los Angeles.

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2015. Use of microclimatic models for evaluating thermal comfort: Identifying the gaps. In CISBAT International Conference Proceedings, Lausanne, Switzerland, 9-11 Sept. 2015. pp. 1–5. doi:10.5075/epfl-cisbat2015-895-900.

Sharmin, T. and Steemers, K., (2015). Exploring the effect of microclimate data on building energy performance analysis. SuDBE – 7th International Conference on Sustainable Development in Building and Environment, University of Reading, UK, July 27-29, 2015.

Sharmin, T. & Steemers, K., 2014. Harmonious accordance of indoor-outdoor thermal comfort and building energy performance by ameliorating urban microclimate in different urban block types in tropical climate. In IC2UHI - International Conference on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Island, Venice, Italy, October 13-15, 2014. Venice, pp. 81–91.

Sharmin, T. and Steemers, K., (2013). Effect of canyon geometry on outdoor thermal comfort: a case-study of high-density, warm-humid climate. PLEA2013 - 29th International Conference Proceedings: Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany. 10-12 September 2013.

Sharmin, T. & Gichuyia, L., 2013. Impact of canyon geometry upon urban microclimate : In CISBAT International Conference Proceedings, Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-6 Sept. 2013. Lausanne, pp. 1–5. doi:10.5075/epfl-infoscience-190601.

Hashemi, A., Sunikka-Blank, M., Mohareb, E., Vakhitova, T., Dantsiou, D., Ben, H. & Sharmin, T. 2016. Performance Gap? Energy, health and comfort needs in buildings: In ZEMCH 2016 - 5th International Conference on Zero Energy Mass Customised Housing, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20th - 23rd December 2016.

Research interests/expertise

Climate-responsive building and urban design / Environmental design;

Thermal comfort;

Building energy performance / Thermal modelling

Qualifications

PhD in Architecture, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK

AFHEA (Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy)           

MA International Planning and Sustainable Development, University of Westminster, London, UK

Bachelor of   Architecture (B.ARCH) - 5-Year Professional Degree, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology, (BUET)

Honours and awards

DMU Future Research Leaders 2018

Faculty for the Future Award- by Schlumberger Foundation to study PhD in Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarship (CSS) - to study master’s at University of Westminster

Netherlands Fellowship Programme (declined) - fellowship from the Netherlands Government, 2009 to study Urban Management and Development-6 (UMD-6) in the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Netherlands.

VLIR-UOS, 2009 (declined) - a full scholarship to study Master of Human Settlements in K.U. Leuven, Belgium.

ADB – JSP Scholarship, 2009 (declined) - a full scholarship from Asian Development Bank to study Master of Urban Design in the University of Hong Kong.

Cambridge Philosophical Society Research Studentship, 2016- by University of Cambridge

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Grant, 2016 - by University of Cambridge

Doctoral Bursary, 2016 - by Charles Wallace Bangladesh Trust

Faculty Fieldwork Fund, 2015, 2014– by Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge 

Best Student Presentation Award - by SuDBE – 7th International Conference, University of Reading, UK, July 27-29, 2015. 

SMUTS Memorial Research Grant, 2015– by University of Cambridge 

Kettle’s Yard Travel Grant, 2015, 2014, 2013– by University of Cambridge 

CISBAT Student Grant, 2015 – by EPFL to attend CISBAT International Conference.

2013 Jeffrey Cook PLEA Travel Scholarship- by SBSE

College Tutorial Award, 2013, 2012 – by St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge

BUET Merit Scholarship - Awarded to top 5 students for each undergraduate course each academic year at undergraduate level in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th year (1997-2003).

Membership of professional associations and societies

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT);

SBSE: The Society of Building Science Educators

ISB: (The International Society of Biometeorology)

Cambridge Philosophical Society:  University of Cambridge, since Jan 2015

Professional licences and certificates

Member: Institute of Architects Bangladesh, IAB

Full member, since 06/12/2006, http://www.iab.com.bd/

Professional esteem indicators

Journal Scientific reviewer:

Journal reviewer, Building and Environment

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/building-and-environment/

Journal reviewer, Sustainable Cities and Society

http://www.journals.elsevier.com/sustainable-cities-and-society/

Journal reviewer, Frontiers in Built Environment, section Indoor Environment

https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/built-environment/sections/indoor-environment

Journal reviewer, Climate

http://www.mdpi.com/journal/climate

Journal reviewer, PLOS ONE

 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/s/journal-information

Associations

President (Oct 2014 - Dec 2015) and Seminar Coordinator (Oct 2013 - Oct 2015), GreenBRIDGE - GreenBRIDGE is a society of graduate researchers at the University of Cambridge with an interest in the sustainability of the built environment.

Organiser and course leader, Joint Cambridge-Berkeley Urban Design Charrette 2017 and 2018

https://www.martincentre.arct.cam.ac.uk/seminars/joint-cambridge-berkeley-urban-design-charette-2018/summary

Organiser, Martin Centre Research Seminar Series (Jan 2013 – Jan 2014)

Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Organiser, GreenBRIDGE Workshop: Performance Gap? Energy, Health and Comfort needs in Buildings, University of Cambridge, 20 July 2015.

Organiser, Workshop on Sustainable Design in collaboration with CHUK (Chinese University of Hong-Kong), University of Cambridge, 10 Dec 2014.

Organiser, Workshop on Urban Climate Mapping in collaboration with CHUK (Chinese University of Hong-Kong), University of Cambridge, 27 Nov 2013.

Editorial activities

Chief Editor: ‘Scroope: Cambridge Architecture Journal: Future Domestic’

Issue 24, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge

Note for prospective students:

I welcome enquiries on PhD research focusing on any of the following research areas:

Climate-responsive building and urban design / Environmental design;

Thermal comfort;

Building energy performance / Thermal modelling

 

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