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Dr Arman Hashemi is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology. He has several years of experience in practice and academia in the UK and overseas.

Dr Hashemi has been involved in numerous research, design and construction projects. His primary research is on building performance evaluation with a focus on indoor air quality, health and wellbeing, and energy efficiency in buildings. Dr Hashemi’s Research and Development works have been widely recognised and commended for their potential impact on the construction industry. He has received multiple awards for his research and internationally patented invention Thermal Shutter System



I graduated with an MSc in Architecture from University of Tehran in 2001 and completed my PhD in Architecture at Cardiff University in 2009. I have worked on a range of award-winning architectural projects with contract values of up to £18.5m and led or contributed to several UK and internationally funded research projects.

I joined the University of Brighton as a senior lecturer in 2015. Prior to my current position, I was the lead postdoctoral researcher on a £0.75m EPSRC/DFID/DECC funded research project: “Energy and Low Income Tropical Housing” at University of Cambridge. In 2009, I joined the Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL as a postdoctoral KTP research associate and designed and built an award-winning, patented thermal shutter system that could also act as solar shade, natural light reflector and a secondary security device. My invention has been patented in the UK, US, Europe and China. I received two CIOB I&R awards in 2015 for my research and for the design and development of this product.

I am currently a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Member of the Iranian Construction Engineers Organisation. I have also been acting as a guest editor, scientific chair and as a member of editorial boards of scientific committees of several international journals and conferences:

  • Guest Editor, Sustainability journal (Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation)
  • Guest Editor, Energies journal (Building Energy Performance Evaluation/Simulation)
  • Guest Editor, International Journal of 3-D Information Modeling (on BIM and Housing)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture
  • Scientific Chair of ZEMCH 2016 International Conference
  • Member of scientific committee of ZEMCH 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018 International Conference
  • Member of scientific committee of SET 2015 International Conference
  • Member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Alam Cipta Journal, 2013
  • Member of scientific committee of STE 2013 and 2017 International Conference
  • Energy Champion at the University of Cambridge, 2015


Research interests

The results of my research have been documented in numerous publications including refereed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, edited books and patents. My research interests can be classified under two main areas:

Building Performance Evaluation

My primary research is on building performance evaluation/simulation with a focus on energy efficiency and health and wellbeing in buildings. The key research areas include:

  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Thermal Comfort
  • Natural Lighting
  • Energy Efficiency; and
  • Performance Gap

My research on the above areas has been through various means and methods including physical tests, post occupancy evaluation, simulation and/or laboratory tests. Probably, my most significant achievement during the recent years has been the design and development of an internationally-patented, multi-award winning thermal shutter system which can also act as a natural light reflector, solar shade and a secondary security device. The invented product benefits from innovative drive mechanisms and control strategies mixed with the most advanced materials to achieve significant savings of over 60 per cent in electric lighting and over 63 per cent in heat-losses through windows.

Energy and health and wellbeing in housing, and particularly in low-income housing, is another area of my research which I started at University of Cambridge and am currently continuing at University of Brighton. The research intends to identify, and then begin to propagate, methods of reducing the energy consumption of low-income housing.

Indoor air quality and air pollutants, in general, and moisture, dampness and the risk of mould growth, in particular, are the other areas of my research. Dampness is affecting a significant share of buildings in Europe, North America, Australia, India and Japan making it a major issue around the world. My research aims to improve energy efficiency while reducing the risks of dampness and mould growth in buildings. 

Offsite/Modern Methods of Construction

In my PhD I studied the relevance of Modern/Offsite Methods of Construction to delivering sustainable housing in the UK and in developing countries. My research then expanded into more recent issues such as Mass Customisation and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in offsite construction. I have been doing research and publication in these areas along with a team of experts in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Middle East. The main objectives are to investigate the reasons for the success and failure of prefabricated methods in different countries and to address housing shortages in both developed and developing countries.


Previous research projects

  • Energy and Low Income Tropical Housing, University of Cambridge (Lead Postdoctoral Researcher) £750K EPSRC/DFID/DECC funded research project.
  • Evaluating and reducing the risks of condensation, dampness, and mould growth in renovated properties; University of Central Lancashire (PI) £30K, Knowledge Transfer (Innovation Voucher).
  • Design and development of an automated thermal shutter system; University College London (Research Associate) £150K, KTP project.



Research and innovation awards:

  • CIOB International Innovation & Research (I&R) Awards 2015: Premier Award for Research Paper
  • CIOB International Innovation & Research (I&R) Awards 2015: Innovation Achiever's Highly Commended Award for “Advanced Thermal Shutter System”
  • PhD scholarship in 2004 from the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology of Iran.

Architectural projects awards (as a team member):

Grove Place Retirement Village:

  • 2009 Daily Mail UK Property Awards – 5 Star Award for Retirement Development
  • What house award 2009: Best Retirement Development, Silver

Blackwood Bus Station:

  • ICE award 2007
  • CLAW Building of the Year Award 2007; and
  • RICS - Regeneration Award – 2008


Supervisory Interests

Areas related to:

Building Performance Evaluation/Simulation:

  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Thermal Comfort
  • Natural Lighting
  • Energy Efficiency; and
  • Performance Gap

Modern/Offsite Methods of Construction

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Cardiff University

Master, University of Tehran

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Research Output 2012 2019

A review of thermal and hygrothermal requirements in historic churches

Talbot, R., Hashemi, A., Ip, K., Picco, M., Greenfield, D. & Arbuthnot, E., Jun 2019, YRSB19 - iiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building 2019. Sojkova, K., Zelezna, J., Hajek, P., Tywoniak, J. & Lupisek, A. (eds.). Prague: Czech Technical University in Prague, p. 233-241

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Open Access
Religious buildings
Atmospheric humidity
Hot Temperature

Effects of Natural Ventilation on Thermal Comfort in Low-income Tropical Housing

Hashemi, A., 18 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH 2019) International Conference.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
Thermal comfort
Climate change

Integrating BIM with building performance analysis in project life-cycle

Jin, R., Zhong, B., Ma, L., Hashemi, A. & Ding, L., 14 Jun 2019, In : Automation in Construction. 106, 102861.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Life cycle
Construction industry
Information technology
Sustainable development

Potential and Impact of Incorporating Roof Photovoltaic to Enhance Environmental Sustainability of Historic English Churches in the United Kingdom

Katri, S., Ip, K., Picco, M. & Hashemi, A., 21 Jun 2019, Central Europe towards Sustainable Building 2019 (CESB19). 1 ed. IOP, Vol. 290. p. 1-9 9 p. 012154. (IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science).

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Open Access
energy efficiency

Reducing GHGs From UK Households - An Examination of Local Authority-Level Data

Butt, T., Mohareb, E. & Hashemi, A., 18 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) Zero Energy Mass Custom Home (ZEMCH 2019) International Conference.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
carbon emission
population density
Kyoto Protocol
climate effect
household income