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Dr Yamuna Kaluarachchi Nartallo

kaluaray@lsbu.ac.uk

Built Environment and Architecture

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7582-662X

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I am the Director of Postgraduate Research & Ethics. My research expertise are Smart and Green Cities, Resilience of Urban Cities & Communities, Biomimicry and Nature Based Solutions for Architecture and User Behaviour and Engagement in Sustainability. I have won research grants and publish regularly.

I implement a structured doctoral programme supported by training and mentoring. I supervise 8 PhD students as the Director of Studies and mentor a group of academic staff for PhD Supervisions. I am an external examiner for PhD nationally and internationally. I take leadership in all Ethics related activities in the school.

I am an Associate Professor, Director of Postgraduate Research & Ethics, and work across the three Divisions in Civil & Building Services Engineering, Construction & Property and Architecture. I completed my BSc in Built Environment and MSc in Architecture at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. A Chartered Architect, I completed my MSc in Building Design for Developing Countries at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and PhD in Architecture at the University of Cambridge. Before joining LSBU, I was a Reader at Kingston University and held Research positions in LSBU and University of Greenwich and was awarded the University of Greenwich Early Career Research Excellence Award.

I implement a structured doctoral programme supported by training and mentoring for students and staff. I supervise 8 PhD students as the Director of Studies and within this role I mentor a group of academic staff for PhD Supervisions. I am the academic lead for a student led international forum, CIB Student Chapter. I am an external examiner for PhD nationally and internationally. I take leadership in all Ethics related activities in the School and Chair the Ethics Committee.

My research expertise and experiences are in Smart and Green Cities, Resilience of Urban Cities & Communities, Biomimicry and Nature Based Solutions for Architecture and User Behaviour and Engagement in Sustainability. I have won EPSRC & GRFC research grants as Principal Investigator and worked as Co- Investigator in several UK, EU, and international projects.

My recent projects ‘Gender and disability inclusion in Build Back Better Programmes’ focus on Millennium Sustainable Development Goals and have real world applications. I have conducted research in relation to Sustainable refurbishment and retrofitting requirements in the social housing sector in UK in consortium with 50 Housing Associations. The innovative, cutting-edge results from the projects influenced social housing refurbishment policies and the guidelines made a significant contribution and influenced the new innovative technology uptake and changed behaviour in adapting to new technology in the social housing sector. My EPSRC 'Sustainable living and the older community' project is showcased as a best practice project by the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and won the Highly Commended Certificate in Green Guardian Award; Sustain Magazine Award; and the Final Shortlist for Green Gown Award. Internationally, the project was cited in The Wall St. Journal and Alpha Galileo, Europe for its life-changing impact within the elderly community for the provision of suitable housing.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Mr Yamen Mohamed Badawy Sayed BakhatyDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Saam KavianiDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Mr Adnan AliDoctoral Research ProjectPhD
Kalindu MendisPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Ms Youmna Abdeldayem Ahmady AbdeldayemThe Impact of Lighting Design on Perceived Architecture and Human Satisfaction in MuseumsPhD
Doctor of Philosophy

University of Cambridge

1995
2002
Master of Science in Building & Urban Design for Developing Countries

Bartlett School of Architecture & Planning, University College London

1988
1989
Master of Science in Architecture- Distinction

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

1987
1988
Bachelor of Science in Built Environment - First Class Honours

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

1982
1985
RIBA Part 1

Royal Institute of British Architects

1982
1985
RIBA Part 2

Royal Institute of British Architects

1987
1988
RIBA Part 3- Chartered

Royal Institute of British Architects

1989
1990
Reader
Kingston University

Leadership, management & operational activities of the School & the Research Centre. Team working, line manage, appraise, mentor and provide staff development activities. Promote internationalisation of the Faculty. Develop partnerships and collaborations. Promote research informed teaching. Annual research monitoring of staff. Lead funding applications and enterprise activities. Apply for research studentships and block grants. Provide the support framework, training and mentoring for research students. Give leadership to ethical review procedures. PhD Director of Studies for 5 students.

Leadership and Management roles- Member of the Senior Management Team, Research Student Director, Member of Faculty Research Degree Committee (FRDC) & Faculty Research & Enterprise Strategy Committee (FRESC), Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee, Member of University staff equality mentoring scheme.

2008
2015
Education
Senior Research Fellow
University of Greenwich

Management of the multi university consortia EPSRC research projects ‘Sustainable Urban Environments’ (SUE- IDCOP) and ‘Innovation and Egan Compliance in Sustainable Housing in UK’. Developed sustainable technologies and enhanced methods for building refurbishment. Research on innovation in organisational sustainability. Liaising with 50 housing associations, contractors, developers, apply the ‘Design Quality Index’ in improving the quality of housing. Teaching- Sustainable Construction Technology, Housing Design and Management, Critical thinking & Research Methods. Supervision- PhD, MPhil & MSc Student Dissertations.

2001
2008
Education
Research fellow
London South Bank University

Develop links and collaboration with institutions and organisations. Research on ‘The potential for innovation in the Housing Industry in UK’ & specifically Off-Site Manufacturing and Lean Construction. Develop a tripartite initiative ‘Urban Regeneration and the Provision of Housing in Chongqing, China’. Supervision of Comprehensive Design Projects & Dissertations.

1998
2001
Education
Research Fellow
University of Reading

Research on the ‘Influence of Indoor Environment on Well-being and Productivity of occupants’. Integration of interior design, environmental design, and management to improve productivity of occupants in office spaces.

1997
1998
Education
Lecturer
University of Moratuwa - Sri Lanka

Diploma in Architecture Programme Co-ordination, Interdisciplinary Design Tutoring, Supervision and Tutoring for Dissertation and Comprehensive Design Projects for Postgraduates and Undergraduates, Lecture Courses In Design and Environmental Design. Curriculum Development, RIBA Validation processes.

1990
1992
Education
Project Architect
Design Consortium Ltd., Colombo 8, Sri Lanka

Management of architectural practice and staff. Mixed Developments, Commercial and Residential and Office Projects.

1990
1992
Commercial/industry
Architect
Haskoll & Company Architects & Design Consultants, London SW 7

Job running experience in Residential, Conservation of Listed Buildings and Hotel Projects. Commercial / Retail Building Projects, Food Courts Design in Lakeside and Glades, Bromley.

1990
1992
Commercial/industry
Chartered Member, Royal Institute of British Architects
1992
Royal Society of Arts
2013
Cambridge Commonwealth Society
1992
Higher Education Framework- Advance HE
2021
International Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management

Emerald Group Publishing, ISSN 1759-5908

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2009
The Construction Annual Review

Constructive Publications, Ltd.

Editorial/Advisory Board Member
2009
International Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management
University of Moratuwa, Sri lanka
Supervisor

External PhD supervisor in international institution

INCLUSIVITY OF MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES DURING POST-DISASTER PHASE IN SRI LANKA

October 2020
University of Salford
Other

External PhD Examiner

Community housing development and the role of non-governmental organizations, Contribution of Women Managers to the UK Construction Industry, Mainstreaming women in disaster risk reduction.

June 2011
September 2013
University of Huddersfield
Other

External PhD Examiner

Internet Enabled Digital Technology in Tsunami Early Warning

July 2019
September 2020
University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka

GCRF Research Collaboration

Prizes, awards, and accolades

University of Moratuwa Scholarship for best performance at the B.Sc. (Built Env.) First Year Examination (Jul 1983)

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


Professor H. J. Billimoria Award for the best B.Sc. (Built Environment) student at the Final Examination (Jul 1985)

University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka


The Association of Commonwealth Universities Scholarship (1988-1989) (Dec 1987)

The Association of Commonwealth Universities


Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship 1992-1996 (Jul 1992)

Cambridge Commonwealth Trust


Commonwealth Association of Universities Overseas Research Student Award 1992-1996 (Oct 1992)

Commonwealth Association of Universities


Overseas Development Administration (ODA), UK, Award for Field Research in Sri Lanka1994 (Sep 1994)

Overseas Development Administration, Currently DFID


Darwin College Travel Award 1994 (Dec 1994)

University of Cambridge


Kettle's Yard research Award 1995 (May 1995)

University of Cambridge


Smuts Travel Award 1996 (Mar 1996)

University of Cambridge


University of Greenwich Early Career Research Excellence Award 2008 (Jul 2008)

University of Greenwich


Green Guardian Award 2009 for Sustainable Living and the Older Community Engagement Project (Jul 2009)

Guardian News Paper


Sustain Magazine Award 2010 for Sustainable Living and the Older Community Engagement Project (Apr 2010)

Sustain Magazine


Final Shortlist Green Gown Award 2010- Sustainable Living and the Older Community Engagement Project (Aug 2010)

Green Gown Awards


Reach and Impact

The Times Higher Education supplement- 'Project aims to engage the elderly in sustainability' (Jul 2008)


Wall Street Journal - Project empowers pensioners to beat the blight of fuel poverty (May 2009)


Alpha Galileo, Europe- Project empowers pensioners to beat the blight of fuel poverty (May 2009)


Science Centric- Project empowers pensioners to beat the blight of fuel poverty (Jun 2009)


Energyhelpline.com- Team to help pensioners pursue cheap energy (May 2009)


Universities Guide Europe- University helps older householders reduce their carbon footprint and cut their energy bills (Jun 2009)


Potential advantages in combining smart and green infrastructure over silo approaches for future cities
Kaluarachchi, Y. (2020). Potential advantages in combining smart and green infrastructure over silo approaches for future cities. Frontiers of Engineering Management. https://doi.org/10.1007/s42524-020-0136-y

The Influence of Lighting Settings on Museum’s Brand Image and Human Satisfaction in Exhibition Halls Using Virtual Reality
Kaluarachchi, Y. and Ahmedy, Y. (2020). The Influence of Lighting Settings on Museum’s Brand Image and Human Satisfaction in Exhibition Halls Using Virtual Reality. Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. 1253, pp. 103-108. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-55307-4_16

Gender Inclusion and the Impact on Women’s Lives in Post Disaster Build Back Better Programmes in Sri Lanka
Kaluarachchi, Y. (2021). Gender Inclusion and the Impact on Women’s Lives in Post Disaster Build Back Better Programmes in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters. 39 (1), pp. 43-64.

Improving Urban City Resilience by Incorporating Smart Green Infrastructure Components
Kaluarachchi, Y. (2019). Improving Urban City Resilience by Incorporating Smart Green Infrastructure Components. CIB World Building Congress 2019. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong 17 - 21 Jun 2019 Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Resilient infrastructure delivery, transparency and governance in Santa Catarina, Brazil
Kaluarachchi, Y. and Egbu, C (2018). Resilient infrastructure delivery, transparency and governance in Santa Catarina, Brazil. International Conference on Professionalism and Ethics in Construction. London, UK 21 - 22 Nov 2018 https://doi.org/10.18744/CONF.2018029

Social Ecological Resilience to Disasters: British and Brazilian Perspectives Handbook
Kaluarachchi, Y., Thayaparan, M. and Egbu, C. Kaluarachchi, Yamuna, Souza, CM De M, Thayaparan, M, Mattedi, MA, Egbu, C, Polette, M, Mello, BJ and Soraes, B (ed.) Social Ecological Resilience to Disasters: British and Brazilian Perspectives Handbook. EdiFurb & AMOLER.

Gender and Disability Inclusion in Post-Disaster Rebuilding ‘Build Back Better’ Programmes in Sri Lanka: A Literature Review
Kaluarachchi, Y., Mendis, A. and Thayaparan, M. (2020). Gender and Disability Inclusion in Post-Disaster Rebuilding ‘Build Back Better’ Programmes in Sri Lanka: A Literature Review. 13TH FARU International Research Conference - FARU 2020. Institute of Technology University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka 06 - 09 Nov 2020 University of Moratuwa.

Critical success factors, barriers and challenges for adopting offsite prefabrication: a systematic literature review
Bakhaty, Y. and Kaluarachchi, Y. (2020). Critical success factors, barriers and challenges for adopting offsite prefabrication: a systematic literature review. 36th ARCOM Conference. Online 07 - 08 Sep 2020 Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM).

Smart and Green Infrastructure for Future Cities
Kaluarachchi, Y (2019). Smart and Green Infrastructure for Future Cities. ICITEE 2019, International Conference on Innovation, Technology, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. Bahrain 24 - 25 Nov 2019 King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (KMITL).

Building Community Resilience in the Re-settlement of Displaced Communities
Kaluarachchi, Y. (2018). Building Community Resilience in the Re-settlement of Displaced Communities. Procedia Engineering. 212, pp. 443-450. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2018.01.057

Improving the Resilience of Infrastructure to Create Sustainable Futures
Kaluarachchi, Y. (2017). Improving the Resilience of Infrastructure to Create Sustainable Futures. International Conference on Sustainable Futures (ICSF). Applied Science University, Bahrain 26 - 27 Nov 2017

Building Community Resilience in the Re-settlement of Displaced Communities
Kaluarachchi, Y. (2017). Building Community Resilience in the Re-settlement of Displaced Communities. 7th International Conference on Building Resilience, Using scientific knowledge to inform policy and practice in disaster risk reduction. Bangkok, Thailand 27 - 30 Nov 2017

Challenges to leaders in promoting the design of innovative and sustainable social housing
Kaluarachchi, Y. (2015). Challenges to leaders in promoting the design of innovative and sustainable social housing. in: Opoku, A and Ahmed, V (ed.) Leadership and sustainability in the Built Environment Abingdon Taylor and Francis Group. pp. 109-122

The ANDROID Case Study; Venice and its territory: Existing mitigation options and challenges for the future
Kaluarachchi, Y., Indirli, M, Ranguelov, B and Romagnoli, F (2014). The ANDROID Case Study; Venice and its territory: Existing mitigation options and challenges for the future. Procedia Economics and Finance. 18 (2014), pp. 815-824. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2212-5671(14)01007-7

The ANDROID Case Study; Venice and its territory: A general overview.
Kaluarachchi, Y., Indirli, M, Knezic, S, Borgc, R, Ranguelov, B, Romagnoli, F and Rochas, C (2014). The ANDROID Case Study; Venice and its territory: A general overview. Procedia Economics and Finance. 18 (2014), pp. 837-848. https://doi.org/10.1016/S2212-5671(14)01009-0

Promoting low-carbon home adaptations and behavioural change in the older community
Kaluarachchi, Y. and Jones, K (2013). Promoting low-carbon home adaptations and behavioural change in the older community. Architectural Engineering and Design Management. 10 (1-2), pp. 131-145. https://doi.org/10.1080/17452007.2013.837242

Evolutionary Designed Building Skins with Embedded Biomimetic Adaptation Lessons
Kaviani, S., Kaluarachchi Nartallo, Y., Rossi, F. and Ofori, G. (2022). Evolutionary Designed Building Skins with Embedded Biomimetic Adaptation Lessons. AUBEA Conference. Western Sydney University, Australia Western Sydney University. https://doi.org/10.26183/a6pq-mg06

Implementing Data-Driven Smart City Applications for Future Cities
Kaluarachchi Nartallo, Y. (2022). Implementing Data-Driven Smart City Applications for Future Cities. Smart Cities. 5 (2), pp. 455-474. https://doi.org/10.3390/smartcities5020025