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Biography Dr Lorna Kiamba is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Design and Architecture at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of the University of Nottingham. Lorna qualified as an architect in Kenya in 2007. She has experience working in practice developing and implementing design projects for private and public-sector clients in Kenya and other Sub-Saharan countries. She has attained a Bachelor of Architecture degree (Hons) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, an MPhil in Environmental Design from the University of Cambridge, UK, and a PhD in Architecture from the University of Nottingham. Her focus on environmental design and sustainability stems from her conviction to improve awareness of issues impacting the environment, and the actions that built environment professionals can take to improve and sustain it.
Research Interests My research aims to underpin a sustainable approach to the design of our buildings and cities, by integrating people, processes and places, in order to address global warming and climate change. This involves addressing the architectural and urban implications of environmental issues ranging from energy use to occupant comfort.
Currently, I am specifically interested in climate-responsive buildings and urban spaces; human comfort; energy efficiency in buildings (passive heating and cooling techniques); energy policy (barriers towards net zero carbon); community energy (socio-economic aspects); post-occupancy evaluation (performance gaps and user feedback) and community engagement (for sustainability).