Dr Yahya Lavaf Pour

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About me

I studied architecture (DipArch) under the philosophy of VKhUTEMAS (Вхутемас) before completing my Master’s degree and PhD in sustainable environmental design. My research at Liverpool University looked at the potential implementation of building geometry as an environmental design strategy to enhance thermal comfort. I practised architecture internationally, and in the UK I was involved with the refurbishment of the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool before joining UWE in 2018. I taught architectural design and sustainability at Liverpool University, and I worked on a number of research projects including a multidisciplinary research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I was a member of Scientific Review Committee for Passive Low Energy Architecture (PLEA) in Edinburgh and Facade Tectonics World Congress in Los Angles.

I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy. My Pedagogic research is currently looking at the methods of teaching architecture at the VKhUTEMAS (Higher State Artistic and Technical Workshops) in particular the course "Space" developed by the Soviet Avant-Garde architect Nikolai Ladovsky.  

Area of expertise

My current research extends my previous work on the environmental implications of building form. The study investigates the effectiveness of building morphology/envelope geometry as an environmental moderator. The research examines geometrical effects such as self-shading geometries, wind-induced shapes, daylight redirection forms, etc. The objective is to find a form-finding algorithm and establish a framework for architects to use at the early design stage. 

Research topics: Sustainable Architecture; Environmental Design; Architectural Geometry; Climate Responsive Architecture 


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