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Vicki Stevenson  SFHEA, Chartered Energy Engineer, FEI MIMMM

Dr Vicki Stevenson

SFHEA, Chartered Energy Engineer, FEI MIMMM

Reader, Course Director for MSc Environmental Design of Buildings, Director of Postgraduate Research

Welsh School of Architecture

+44 29208 70927
Bute Building, Room Room 1.26A, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3NB
Available for postgraduate supervision



I am Course Director for MSc Environmental Design of Buildings ( and have had a key role in its recent refresh which was launched in autumn 2023!  

I am the School Champion for Education on Sustainability and contribute to other courses run in the school on sustainability topics.

I am Director of Post Graduate Research with overall responsibility for PGRs studying in the school.  I also supervise a number of PhD students in topics related to energy efficiency, passive design, whole life carbon, sustainable materials, renewable energy generation and storage, energy efficiency.

External activities

Committee Member (previously Chair, Vice Chair, Membership & Education Officer) for South West and South Wales branch of Energy Institute.

















  • Stevenson, E. V. 2005. Design and validation of experiment to verify air flow in mathematical model for a solar air heating facade. Presented at: Welsh School of Architecture: Second research student conference Presented at Loach, J. D. ed.Welsh School of Architecture: Second research student conference. Cardiff: Welsh School of Architecture pp. 95-102.
  • Stevenson, E. V., Jones, P. J., Alexander, D. K., John, V. and Jones, B. 2005. Mathematical analysis of profiled cladding products as a source of solar heat and passive ventilation for large buildings. Presented at: ISES 2005 Solar World Congress: Bringing Water to the World, Orlando, FL, USA, 6-13th August 2005.
  • Stevenson, E. V., Alexander, D. K., Jones, P. J. and Jones, B. 2005. Analysis of solar air heating facade. Presented at: 22nd International Conference PLEA 2005: Passive and Low Energy Architecture, Lebanon, 13-16th November 2005 Presented at Raydan, D. K. and Melki, H. K. eds.Environmental Sustainability: The Challenge of Awareness in Developing Societies, Vol. 1. NDU Press pp. 433-438.
  • Stevenson, E. V., Jones, P. J., Alexander, D. K., Jones, B. and Jones, P. 2005. Development of a solar air heating facade. Presented at: Second Scottish Conference for Postgraduate Researchers of the Built and Natural Environment (PRoBE), Glasgow, UK, 16-17 November 2005 Presented at Egbu, C. O. and Tong, M. K. L. eds.The second Scottish conference for postgraduate researchers of the built and natural environment. Glasgow: Caledonian University pp. 483-492.


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Research interests

I have a strong interest in passive design, renewable energy generation and storage, sustainable materials, whole life energy and urban farming as it applies to the built environment. This includes:

  • The circular economy, whole life cost and embodied energy of construction materials,
  • The holistic sustainability of construction materials, including their impact on indoor air quality,
  • The relationship between energy saving / low energy technologies in buildings and occupant comfort - particularly indoor air quality.
  • Using my own house as a case study on topics including urban farming

    ( and renewable energy generation and storage.


Course Director:


  • Passive Strategies and Design
  • Renewable energy generation and storage
  • Whole life Carbon Footprint (embodied and operational carbon in buildings)
  • Personal and Professional Responsibility
  • Sustainable Materials and Buildings
  • Structuring an Investigation

MSc Dissertation supervision

  • Passive Strategies and Design
  • Environmental impact of vegetated (green) roofs / facades
  • Whole life energy/carbon  in design (including embodied energy)
  • indoor air quality
  • Energy efficient refurbishment design
  • Impact of prefabricated construction on waste
  • Sustainability of materials in the built environment including Circular Economy
  • Strategies for Zero/low carbon buildings
  • Social sustainability


After several years as an industrial researcher and completing my Eng D in glazed thermal solar collectors, I joined the Welsh School of Architecture as a researcher in 2006. During that period, I was involved in a range of research and engagement/dissemination projects including:

  • Built Environment Sustainability Training
  • Welsh Energy Sector Training
  • Low Carbon Built Environment
  • Sustainable Building Envelope Demonstration
  • Development of Sustainable Hydrogen
  • Sustainable Environmental Improvements in the Commercial Sector

I was appointed as Lecturer (2015), then Senior Lecturer (2019) and most recently Reader (2022).  I value my role as Course Director for MSc Environmental Design of Buildings ( for the opportunity it gives me to guide so many talented graduates into a profession which will benefit from their skills!  Similarly, I've enjoyed the opportunity to work with several Post Graduate Researchers as they progress through their doctoral studies.  I take great pride in their successes!

I've been enjoying the role of External Examiner for the MSc in Facade Engineering for UWE since 2021/22 - it's been a great opportunity to swap ideas!

Honours and awards

  • Senior Fellow: Advance HE 2019
  • Teaching Excellence Nomination (Cardiff University) 2018
  • Outstanding Reviewer for "Energy and Building" Journal
  • WISE Excellence Award Finalist 2010
  • EBP Award for Curriculum Support 2010
  • WISE Excellence Award Finalist 2009
  • Fellow: Energy Institute 2006
  • Chartered Engineer / Member: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining 1998

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow - Advance HE
  • Fellow of Energy Institute
  • Chartered Energy Engineer
  • Member of Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
  • Chartered Engineer

Academic positions

  • 2022-current: Reader, Cardiff University
  • 2021/22-current: External Examiner, UWE
  • 2019-2022: Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2015-2019: Lecturer, Cardiff University
  • 2013-2015: Project Manager - Welsh Energy Sector Training, Cardiff University
  • 2008-2013: Research Associate, Cardiff University
  • 2006-2008: Research Assistant, Cardiff University
  • 2000-2002: Product Manager, IQE
  • 1992-2002: Research Officer, British Steel / Tata

Committees and reviewing

  • Grant reviewer EPSRC
  • Grant reviewer Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain
  • Journal reviewer - Energy and Building
  • Journal reviewer - Detritus
  • Topic Editor - Sustainability Journal
  • Member of Energy Institute College
  • Scientific Committee - Master's Conference, NCEUB


Supervision experience

Supervised 5 PhDs to successful completion. Currently primary supervisor for 4 PhDs and co-supervisor for 2 PhDs

Additional supervision interests

Happy to consider related architectural science topics, for example:

  • Sustainable materials
  • Embodied energy / water and carbon footprint of materials in construction
  • Indoor air quality in buildings

Current supervision