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Shibu Raman  PhD, MSc (AAS), B Arch

Dr Shibu Raman


PhD, MSc (AAS), B Arch

Uwch Ddarlithydd mewn Pensaernïaeth a Urbanism, Cyfarwyddwr Rhyngwladol

Ysgol Bensaernïaeth

+44 29208 79440
Adeilad Bute, Ystafell 3.10, Rhodfa'r Brenin Edward VII, Caerdydd, CF10 3NB
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  • Director of International
  • Design studio Unit lead in BSc and MArch programme (Liveable Urbanism)
  • Dissertation Supervisor for MArch, MAUD programme
  • regular contributor to lectures and workshops on Research Methods and Techniques lectures
  • PhD supervisor,
  • Member of University Learning Environmental Steering Group, Admissions Committee Member.

External activities

  • Member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development (since 2010)
  • PhD External examiner (London Met, School of Planning and Architecture New Delhi)
  • Member of Housing and Land Administration Committee UNECE (2007-2011)
  • Guest Lectures at many universities in India, China and South Korea
  • Chair of Academic Council at KMEA College of Architecture, Kochi (2019-2020)

Other information

I am the founder director of City-Form Network which is involved in international collaborative research on sustainable urban form and relationship between urban form and quality of life.











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Research interests

Liveable city, social sustainability, urban form and quality of life, Sustainable urbanism, compact cities, urban form of rapidly growing cities in transitional countries, urban morphology, self-organised systems and informal settlements, and socio-spatial and cultural dimensions of cities. urban complexity, research methods.


Teaching profile

Dr Raman teaches at undergraduate and masters. He lecture on various topics to undergraduate and masters including research methods, urban morphology mapping, modelling urban systems, design thinking, diagrams and design narratives. He is s strong believer on research lead teaching, learning from places and learning by doing.

Dr Raman lead the MArch Studio Unit: Liveable Urbanism.


Dr Raman is an architect and urban designer trained in the UK and India. He has over 20 year's experience in teaching, research and practicing architecture and urban design and has a number of completed projects in India and UK and number of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. On completion of his first degree in architecture, he worked with Dr B V Doshi at his international award-winning architectural practice ‘Sangath’ at Ahmedabad, India for over 4 years before moving to UK to pursue a masters and an academic career.  His design team has been recently been shortlisted in a prestigious international design competition for the National War Museum at New Delhi.

Dr Raman joint Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), Cardiff University in 2015 as a lecturer in architecture and urban design following a three year in China where is as the Course Director, lead the setting up and RIBA validation of the architecture programme at the University of Nottingham, Ningbo China. He is actively involved in the pedagogic development and in delivering design studio and theory modules in the undergraduate and masters in urban design.

His research interest and experience in designing sustainable urban neighbourhoods, urban design for aging, design of spaces and behaviour, social sustainability of cities, spatial network analysis, urban development in transitional economise. He is the Founder-Director of the research network called CityForm, which is investigating the relationship of urban form to urban sustainability and quality of life.  He has presented his research or delivered keynote address in number of prestigious conferences around the worked including UN Habitat, Space Syntax Symposium and Smart Geometries. He has successfully supervised over 30 masters and PhD students in his area of research interests. In addition to UK, has lecture and taught in India, China, and South Korea.

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Main expertise

My main research and PhD supervision interests are in the areas of:

  • Urbanism
  • Liveable Cities
  • Sustainable Urbanism, sustainable urban environment
  • Spatial structure, society, culture and behaviour
  • Space Syntax
  • Urban form, morphology, compact city
  • Cities in transitional economies
  • Wellbeing and quality of life
  • Outdoor environment and dementia

Supervision experience

Currently supervising 2 PhDs (2 as first supervisor)

two completed PhD

Additional supervision interests

I am also interested in inter-disciplinary research supervision in the areas of

  • urban systems and planning approach
  • complex systems and machine learning for effective design decision making
  • resilience and urban planning
  • smart cities
  • urban regeneration
  • travel behaviour
  • spatial configuration of buildings

I am interested in all kind of research methods, and particularly encourage mixed methods of research, data driven research and modelling

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