Dr Nilesh Bakshi

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Lecturer School of Architecture


Teaching in 2019


BAS (in Architecture), BBSc, March [Prof], Ph.D.


Dr Nilesh Bakshi has been recruited into this position following an international search. Dr Bakshi has been with the School since he entered into the Bachelor of Architectural Studies in 2006. After gaining his BAS, BBSc and MArch (prof), Nilesh went on to gain a PhD in Architecture, graduating at the end of 2017.

Dr Bakshi has been an educator at the School of Architecture working as a teaching fellow since his time as a Master’s student and is well acquainted with our teaching programmes. More recently, Dr Bakshi has been the Head of Research in the architectural practice, Studio of Pacific Architecture. His connections with professional practice and the wider research community will continue to provide opportunities for Dr Bakshi and his students.


Nilesh’s doctoral research, defended in August 2017, posits a theoretical framework for establishing impact resulting from human behaviour, at the household level, making it possible to understand behaviour and its effects on climate change. Nilesh’s work identify changes in both the energy generation sector and in household behaviour that could facilitate emissions reduction targets agreed upon by the United Nations General Assembly, during the Paris climate accord.

Nilesh has also presented at multiple international research conferences, most recently presenting research at the 30th international PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) delegation held in India. Nilesh has a keen interest in applying research in practice he believes that this can influence the quality of our built environments, ultimately improving the human condition.

Research Interests

  • Sustainable design and practice – focusing on human behaviour;
  • Life cycle analysis;
  • Energy use and generation;
  • Environmental engineering systems;
  • Sustainable engineering systems design;
  • Simulating and measuring human behaviour.

Existing lines of inquiry examine human behaviour and sustainable practices. How behaviour can be measured and simulated in energy modelling and work with BIM (Building Information Modelling). What passive conservation measures can be implemented to mitigate impact and how active systems, such as sustainable engineering technologies can be implemented or designed.


  • N. Bakshi, R. Vale, B. Vale. (2015) A Low Energy Community? A Comparative Study Of Eco-Villages Around The World. In 30th International PLEA Conference: Sustainable Habitat For Developing Societies – Choosing The Way Forward. CEPT UNIVERSITY PRESS, Centre for Documentation & Publications CEPT University, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Campus, University Road, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad 380009, Gujarat, Ind
  • N. Bakshi, R. Vale, B. Vale. (2013). Which Heater Should I Choose? A Comparative Study Of Appliances And Fuel Sources. In “Cutting Edge: 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association,” pp. 335–344. © 2013, The Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA), Australia
  • N. Bakshi & M. R. Donn (2017). Energy Efficiency Interventions for Commercial Buildings: A systematic review of current literature. Centre for Building Performance Research, Victoria University of Wellington


Teaching in 2019