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Tania Sharmin

Graduate Student





Tania Sharmin is a PhD student at the Department of Architecture and a fellow of Schlumberger Foundation ‘Faculty for the Future Award’. She holds a B.Arch from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and MA in International Planning and Sustainable Development from the University of Westminster, London, funded by CSS Award. Before embarking on her PhD, Tania worked more than 7 years in the academia. She is an Assistant Professor (currently on study leave) at the Department of Architecture, AIUB, Bangladesh.

Research Summary

Tania’s PhD research focuses on integrating indoor and outdoor thermal comfort by ameliorating urban microclimate. She is particularly interested in tropical warm-humid high density cities in developing countries. She is examining outdoor thermal comfort conditions with high resolution micro-climatic models and comparing the results with the actual thermal sensation of the pedestrians on site. The idea is to incorporate outdoor microclimate and thermal comfort information to inspect indoor conditions through building energy simulation.

Tania is currently the President of the GreenBRIDGE Society at the University of Cambridge. She is also a member of the Editorial Committee for the Scroope 24: Cambridge Architectural Journal. As a previous seminar coordinator for the Martin Centre Research Seminar and GreenBRIDGE Seminar, she has organised numerous seminars at the department as well as at CRASSH. On top of that, she has been organising ‘Environmental Design Workshop’ at the department with Professor Edward NG from the CUHK since 2013.

Key publications:

Peer reviewed Conference Paper

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

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. and Linda, G. (2013).Impact of Canyon Geometry upon Urban Microclimate: A Case Study of High- Density, Warm-Humid Climate, CISBAT International Conference Proceedings, Lausanne , Switzerland, 4-6 Sept. 2013.