Dr Satish Basavapatna Kumaraswamy

Dr Satish Basavapatna Kumaraswamy

Lecturer in Architecture, Technology and Environment

School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)


Associate Head of School (T&L);  School of Art, Design and Architecture

Technology Stream Leader 

Vertical Design studio Thematic  Leader



2014   Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

2013   PhD Architecture. The University of Edinburgh, UK

1995   Master of Urban and Regional Planning. The University of Mysore, India                    

1993   Bachelor of Architecture. The University of Mysore, India

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy [FHEA]


Work Experience:  

2009– 2012    Architectural Tutor, The University of Edinburgh 

2006– 2008    Assistant Professor, Al-Tahadi University, Sirte, Libya

1995– 2006    Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore, India      

1995– 2006    Satish and Associates, Architects and Planners. Bangalore,India:  Principal Architect



David Willis Prize for the session 2008/2009: for the performance during the first year PhD (awarded for the best performer among First year PhD students based on the first year report and presentation).


The University of Edinburgh, College of Humanities and Social Science ResearchStudentship awarded for three years starting from Sep2008 and

Overseas Research Students Award – for three years, starting from Sep2008


First Rank & Two Gold Medals 1995: for the performance during the Master Degree course,University of Mysore, India.


My master Degree thesis was nominated for the Best thesis award 1995, given by ‘The Institute of Town Planners, India’ (ITPI), for the best thesis in a master degree course approved by ITPI, among all the universities in India. 


Merit Scholarship: Best Student and Highest Scorer in the first year.  Based on the recommendation of the Chairman, Institute of Development Studies for two years during Master of Urban and Regional Planning.


Teaching interests

Second and final year vertical Design studio thematic leader

M.Arch second-year technology Module Leader

First Year ATE Design Studio Leader

Second Year Technology Module Leader

Research interests


My primary research focus is sustainable built environment. My research interests lie in how homeowners’ aspirations can inform sustainable strategies in architectural design. My research goes beyond measuring technical performance in the building and examines the ways in which the behavior of buildings is qualified to represent this in the wider social and cultural contexts. 

B K Satish, A. Humphreys. (2017). "Integrating Technology in Design studios - research led and practice based approach " Design Futures symposium, CIAT. S. Allwinkle. London

B K Satish, P De Wilde (2015) “Simulation ineducation: application in Architectural Technology design projects”. Building Simulation'15, 14th International IBPSA Conference, Hyderabad, India, December 7-9 2015.

B K Satish, J Brennan. (2015), Significance of boundary conditions towards sustainable housing strategies: a case study of Mysore, India, IAFORJournal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2 (1): 21-40

B K Satish (2014), Influence of affluence on sustainable housing: a contextual study of Mysore, India. “The World Sustainable Building 2014 Conference”, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN: 978-84-697-1815-5

B K Satish (2014), “Harmonisinghomeowners’ aspirations for low-carbon housing: a contextual study of Mysore, India” in Jankovic, Ljubomir, Ed. (2014) Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future. Proceedings of a conference held at Birmingham City University, 11-12 September 2014. Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK. ISBN 978–1–904839–77–4

B K Satish, S Shahzad (eds.) 2013. Methodologies for Sustainable Projects, Edinburgh Architecture Research Journal (EAR), Edinburgh: Edinburgh University. http://sites.ace.ed.ac.uk/ear/33-2013/

B K Satish, J Brennan. (2012) “Sustainable housing strategies for the growing Indian demographics: contextual study of Mysore, India” The Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment. IAFOR: The International Academic Forum, OSAKA, pp. 13-29.

B K Satish, J Brennan and R Pedreschi (2011)Influence of affluence on sustainable housing in Mysore, India. Journal of Engineering Sustainability, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, London, volume 164, Issue ES4, Dec 2011, p 249-260. ISSN: 1478-4629, E-ISSN:1751-7680

B K Satish, J Brennan. (2010) “harmonising middle-class aspirations for low-carbon housing: contextual study of Mysore, India”, International conference: Sustainable Architecture & Urban Design 2010,3-4th March 2010, Universiti Sains, Penang, Malaysia.

B K Satish. (2009) “Shifting barriers around the sustainable built environment: a study of Mysore, India”, poster presentation, International conference: “Transilient boundaries in/of architecture”, March 30th - 31st, 2009, the University of Edinburgh, UK.


Presented my ongoing research titled: “Modelling energy use behaviour of British Asian households” during the conference “Sustainable Earth 2017: A global forum for connecting research with action” Plymouth University, 29 - 30 June 2017

Participated in the workshop “Adopting an R-Urban Model: Empowering Local Communities to Develop a Sustainable Built Environment” in Indonesia, 30th November to 4th December 2016, Sponsored by British Council, Newton fund and orgnaised by University of Nottingham, UK and Universitas Islam Indonesia, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Presented my ongoing research titled: “Harmonising homeowners aspirations towards sustainable housing: An examination using the multiple sorting task” during the conference “Sustainable Earth 2016: A global forum for connecting research with action” Plymouth University, 23 - 24 June 2016

Invited speaker: ‘Integrating Technology in Design studios -research led and practice based approach’ CIAT 50th Anniversary symposium “ArchitecturalTechnology: Design Futures - Reflecting and Projecting”, London, December 10-11, 2015.

Presented my research findings in 'The World Sustainable Building 2014Conference' Barcelona, Spain, 28-30 October 2014.

Presented my research findings in the1st International Conference on “Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future”, Birmingham, UK, 11-12 September 2014.

Presented my research findings during the “Edinburgh India Institute” inaugural conference:‘Innovative Engagement for Sustainable Development: the Edinburgh-India Story’ The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, 14-16 May 14.

Participated in the CITICON Workshop “Building Sustainable and Peaceful Cities: Bangladesh in Comparative Global Perspective” in Dhaka, Bangladesh, funded by the British Council and is jointly organised by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and the University of Bath Institute for Policy Research. 4-6 March 2014.

Presented paper during the Third Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy & the Environment. ACSEE, Osaka, Japan from May 3-6, 2012.

Presented paper during the conference, Global Grand Challenges Series: Urbanisation Show-and-Tell, organised by Edinburgh Research and Innovation, The University of Edinburgh. 08th March 2012.

Presented my research findings during the lunchtime seminar series / Prokalo at The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. 17th Feb 2012.

Presented my ongoing research to students of MSc in Advanced sustainable design, course organised by Mr. John Brennan, The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The University of Edinburgh. 31st Oct 2011.

Presented paper titled “Role of Legislation in Sustainable Development” during Postgraduate research seminar at School of Arts, Culture and Environment, University of Edinburgh. 17th Sep 2009.

Presented paper in Post Grad / PhD, Pecha-Kucha, on the issue relating to climate change /social responsibility and carbon emissions Organised by Transition Edinburgh University (TEU). 9th Sep 2009.

Presented paper titled “Role of Legislation in Sustainable Development” during Postgraduate research seminar at School of Arts, Culture and Environment, University of Edinburgh. 9th Dec 2008.

Other academic activities

Panel Member, CIAT Accreditation Board.