Dr Satish BK
Associate Head of School (Teaching and Learning)
School of Art, Design and Architecture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)
2014 Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice
Nominated for ‘PGCAP Award of Excellence’ for the thoughtful contribution and ‘A truly reflective’ assignment
2013 PhD Architecture
The University of Edinburgh,
Area of Interest: Sustainable built environment.
Title: “Sustainable Housing for the growing Middle classes: A contextual study of Mysore, India”
1995 Master of Urban and Regional Planning (M U R P)
The University of Mysore, India
First Rank & Two Gold Medals
1993 Bachelor of Architecture (B Arch)
The University of Mysore, India
Second topper for the University
RIBA Affiliate member, Royal Institute of British Architects, UK
Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK
Network for Comfort and Energy Use in Buildings, NCEUB, UK
Member of Council of Architects, India
Associate of Indian Institute of Architects.
Associate of Indian Institute of Town Planners.
Fellow of Institute of Valuers, India
Member of “The Indian society for technical education"
Roles on external bodies
CIAT accreditation Panel member
Performative Architecture Thematic Studio Leader - 2/3 Year Vertical Design Studio - BA Arch
Staff serving as external examiners
My primary research focus is the 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 behaviour of buildings is qualified to represent this in the wider social and cultural contexts.
Research degrees awarded to supervised students
Grants & contracts
Creative practice & artistic projects
B K Satish, J Brennan. (2019), Understanding the energy use behaviour of British Indian households to shape optimised sustainable housing strategies in existing housing stock, Sustainable Cities and Society (SCS), ISSN: 2210-6707. 48, July 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scs.2019.101542
Shahzad S, Calautit J, Hughes B, B K Satish, Hom B (2019), “Patterns of thermal preference and Visual Thermal Landscaping model in the workplace”, Applied Energy, ISSN: 0306-2619. 255, Dec 2019
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, de Wilde, P. (2019), Assessing housing approaches for Iraq: Learning from the world experience, Habitat International, ISSN: 0197-3975. 89, July 2019 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.habitatint.2019.102001
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, Simon Bradbury, de Wilde, P. (2018), A systematic assessment of architectural approaches for solving the housing problem in Iraq, Frontiers of Architectural Research, July 18, 7, p 561-572.
B K Satish, J Brennan. (2015), Significance of boundary conditions towards sustainable housing strategies: a case study of Mysore, India, IAFOR Journal of Sustainability, Energy and the Environment 2 (1): 21-40
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 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 (2019), Harmonising homeowners aspirations towards sustainable housing: an exploration of 'multiple sorting task'. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, ISSN: 1566-4910 (Print) 1573-7772 (Online). Waiting for the outcome.
B K Satish, A. Humphreys. (2017). "Integrating Technology in Design studios - research-led and practice-based approach " edited book from the ‘Design Futures symposium, CIAT’. Ed. S. Allwinkle. London
Uduku O, Treacy G, Zhao Y and B K Satish, “Comfort, Cooling and Critical Accountability: a teaching tools and research odyssey”. “11th Windsor Conference: Resilient Comfort”, 16-19 April 2020, Windsor, UK.
B K Satish, “Beyond Energy- efficient Built Environment – Examining the Relationship Between the Users’ Cultural Values and Energy Consumption”. “SBE2019 International Sustainable Environment: Policy to Practice”, 24 &25 September 2019, Cardiff, Wales.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, de Wilde, P., The impact of courtyard Geometry on its Mean Radiant Temperature, CISBAT 2019, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, de Wilde, P., An Adaptive Thermal Comfort Model for Residential Buildings in Iraq, Comfort and the Extremes, 2019, Dubai, UAE.
B K Satish (2018), “Two degree rise in indoor temperature: energy use behaviour of British Asians” “International Conference of Passive and Low energy Architecture”, 10-12 December 2018, PLEA2018, Hong Kong.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, de Wilde, P., Courtyards thermal efficiency during hot regions’ typical winter, Beyond all Limits 2018: International Congress on Sustainability in Architecture, Planning, and Design, Ankara, Turkey.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, de Wilde, P., Determining courtyard pattern’s thermal efficiency in the current time, Windsor conference 2018 – Rethinking comfort, Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, UK
B K Satish (2017), Modelling energy use behaviour of British Asian households “International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment”, 20-21 December 2017, London.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish., de Wilde, P., The impact of courtyard compact urban fabric on its shading: case study of Mosul city_Iraq, CISBAT 2017 International Conference – Future Buildings & Districts – Energy Efficiency from Nano to Urban Scale, 2017, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., Simulation of courtyard spaces in a desert climate, 9th International Conference on Applied Energy, ICAE2017, 21-24 August 2017, Cardiff, UK.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., Determining the courtyard thermal efficiency and its impact on urban fabric: A contextual study of Baghdad Iraq, PLEA conference, 5-7 July 2017, Edinburgh.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., The Impact of Court parameters on its shading level - An experimental study in Baghdad_Iraq, 9th International Conference on Sustainability in Energy and Buildings, SEB-17, 2017, Chania, Crete, Greece.
Al-Hafith, O., B K Satish, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., Thermally comfortable housing in Iraq- Prospects of the courtyard pattern in achieving energy efficiency, 3rd International Sustainable Buildings Symposium (ISBS 2017), 2017, Dubai, UAE.
B K Satish, P De Wilde (2015) “Simulation in education: application in Architectural Technology design projects”. Building Simulation'15, 14th Internationa IBPSA Conference, Hyderabad, India, December 7- 9 2015.
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), “Harmonising homeowners’ aspirations for low-carbon housing: a contextual study of Mysore, India” in Jankovic, Ljubomir, Ed. (2014) ‘Zero Carbon Buildings Today and in the Future’. 11-12 September 2014. Birmingham City University, Birmingham, UK. ISBN 978–1–904839–77–4
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. (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.
Participated in the 1st International Workshop on “Cultural Heritage & Livelihood of Bedouins of South Sinai”. Nuweiba, Egypt sponsored by British Council and organised in collaboration between the University of Lincoln, United Kingdom and Ain Shams University, Egypt. 20th to 26th of October 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.
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.
Conference and other contributions
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
Al-Hafith, O., Satish, B.K, Bradbury,S., de Wilde, P., A review of Europe’s housing policies: A comparison between the main adopted approaches in the European housing policies, ENHR conference, 2016, Belfast, UK.
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 “Architectural Technology: Design Futures - Reflecting and Projecting”, London, December 10-11, 2015.
Invited speaker, Plymouth University of the Third Age (U3A), ‘Sustainable architecture in the emerging world: lessons learnt and ways ahead’ Oct 2015. Used this opportunity to engage with the wider community and provide an overview of the recent developments in the environmental simulation.
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.
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
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.