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Mohataz Hossain

Dr Mohataz Hossain PhD, MArch, BArch, FRSA, ACIAT, Affiliate RIBA & CIBSE, Commonwealth Scholar

Lecturer in Environmental Architecture and Technology


Summary

Mohataz is an architect, educator and researcher in the field of integrated environmental design with a special focus on users’ comfort, health and wellbeing.

He joined Sheffield Hallam University in January 2020 as a Lecturer in Environmental Architecture and Technology. He leads and teaches modules for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and apprentices.

His research interests include Environmental Design, Daylighting, Thermal Comfort, Workspace Design, Ventilation, Air Quality, Users’ Adaptive behaviour and well-being, Smart Technologies and Energy Simulations.

 

About

Mohataz is an architect, educator and researcher in the field of integrated environmental design, architecture, technology and efficient built environment with a special focus on users’ comfort, health and well-being for net-zero carbon future. As a commonwealth Scholar, his PhD research focused on improving the indoor working environment of existing ready-made garment factories to ensure thermal comfort and optimum ventilation at workplaces for the clothing workers.

He is a lecturer (equivalent to assistant professor in the USA) in 'Environmental Architecture and Technology' at Sheffield Hallam University - SHU (joined in January 2020) and visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster and the University of Nottingham in the UK. he has a range of interpersonal skills to design academic lectures and lead modules for both undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) students and degree apprentices, which he has developed through his over 13 years of teaching experience in addition to research and practice. Mohataz also completed a doctoral supervision development programme and is currently supervising PhD student. He is also the Academic Adviser Lead (Architecture Subject Group) at SHU. He is an affiliate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), and an associate member of The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). He is an Advance HE certified educator and is eligible to be External Examiner in Higher Educational Institutions.

Mohataz's extended PhD research has been shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Present's Award for Research 2020. He has also received ‘The Martin Gough Student Award 2018 – IES Ltd’ and ‘Tri-Campus Postgraduate Awards 2016’ for his excellence in thermal and CFD simulation studies and contribution to the postgraduate community as a tutor at the University of Nottingham respectively. Recently He was also nominated for the 'Inspirational Teaching Award 2021' at Sheffield Hallam University. He got a ‘Preparing to Teach in Higher Education’ certificate to teach in the UK. He achieved various research funds from the UK, Germany and Bangladesh and have been working as Principal Investigator (PI) for more than one research project. He has already published more than 23 journal and conference articles, and book chapters.

Mohataz's main career aspiration is to make a significant contribution in academia through collaborative research among Architecture, Engineering and aligned research fields with a special focus on users’ comfort, well-being and efficiency for a collaborative workspace environment and net-zero future.

 

Teaching

Department of the Natural and Built Environment

Social Sciences and Arts

School of Architecture

Currently, Mohataz is involved in BSc (Hons.) Architecture (RIBA Part 1), BSc (Hons.) Architecture Technology (CIAT) and MSc in Technical Architecture (TA) courses at Sheffield Hallam University. He is also leading a module for a new Degree Apprentice Course - Design and Construction Manager Degree Apprenticeship.

He is involved as a module Leader of the following modules:
- Environment & Technology 1 (Course: BSc Architecture and BSc Architecture Technology)
- Technical and Digital Design Practice 1 (Course: Design and Construction Manager Degree Apprenticeship)
- Contemporary Digital Practice in Architecture (Course: MSc Technical Architecture)

Mohataz is also supervising MSc TA and PhD students.

 

The modules Mohataz has been involved in and is currently teaching are as below:

Undergraduate level 4, 5 and 6 Modules (Courses: BSc Architecture, BSc Architectural Technology, and Design and Construction Manager Degree Apprenticeship courses):
- Environment and Technology 1
- Communication
- Architectural Design Studio 1
- Technical and Digital Design Practice 1 (Design Studio)
- Environment and Technology 2
- Environment and Technology 3

Postgraduate Modules:
– Contemporary Digital Practice in Architecture
– Applied Research Methods
– Major Research: Applied Research Methods

All the above teaching includes lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials related to environmental design and technical and IT skill developments including Construction drawings, technical knowledge on environmental architectures, solar design, thermal comfort, ventilation, daylight, acoustics and IT tools - AutoCAD, Revit plugins, IESVE 2021 and other web-based simulation tools.

 

Research

Mohataz completed his PhD in Architecture at the University of Nottingham (UoN) in 2018. His doctorate was fully funded by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK covering £85,000. His research focused on improving the indoor workspace environment of garment factories and providing ventilation design guidelines for workers’ enhanced comfort and adaptive behaviour. Before his PhD, his research focused on adaptive
design for climate change, luminous environment, and work efficiency of workers. His overall research involved social science aspects and methods including onsite data monitoring, questionnaire surveys, focus-group discussions, interviews, and using simulation tools. Recently, his extended PhD research has been shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Madel for Research 2020 celebrating the best research in built environment subject in the world. he has also received the ‘Tri-campus Postgraduate’ Award’ and ‘Popular Choice Award’ from UoN in 2016, and ‘Martin Gough Student Award’ from IES Ltd (UK) in 2018 for his excellence in my field of study. All these recognised and impactful research outcomes were showcased and published through RIBA journals, posters, social media and case study websites making them more accessible to a wider audience.

After his PhD, Mohataz expanded his collaborations for digital data-visualisations by using the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the learning environment while working as a Research Associate at the University of Westminster. He has over 23 publications (115 citations) including high-impact journal articles, book chapters, and a most-cited paper award.

As a principal researcher (PI), Mohataz has secured a Staff-Student Research Fund 2020 (Augmented Reality for online teaching) and Department Research Support Fund 2021 (Biophilic design for working from home) at Sheffield Hallam University to contribute two timely research relevant to Covid-19.

Mohataz's long term research and innovation (R&I) plan focuses on introducing the concept of a collaborative workspace environment where digital twin and real-time data visualisation will be incorporated for well-ness of the workers. The main research idea he is planning to implement in the next few years will revolve around ‘Digital and Collaborative Workspace Environment for a Healthy and Zero Carbon Future’.

 

Mohataz has been successful in obtaining research funding from a range of bodies including Sheffield Hallam University, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK, The University of Nottingham, Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET) and GIZ. The detail lists can be found on Wordpress.com and LinkedIn websites.

Mohataz's current and previous funded research and activities with the approximate amounts in pounds (£) are listed below:

2021, Principal Investigator – Department Research Support Fund 2021, (£4000), Project title: ‘Biophilic workspace design for home teaching and home learning in architectural education during Covid19 era’, Department of Natural and Built Environment (NBE), Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Team: Dr Mohataz Hossain and Dr Karam Al-Obaidi

2020, Principal Investigator - Staff-Student Research Project (SSRP) Fund 2020 (£1500), This is a collaborative funding scheme where students and staffs work together to conduct collaborative research. Project title: ‘Understanding the advantages and limitations of using Augmented Reality (AR) to perceive a 3D architectural model during online communication’, Department of NBE, Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Team: Dr Mohataz Hossain and Stera Ahmad

2020, Shortlisted research - RIBA Presidents' medal for Research 2020, This is Mohataz's extended PhD research and this research has been featured in RIBA journal.

2018, Best research paper award: The Martin Gough Student Award – First ever global winner, (£1000 and IESVE software worth £3000), Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES) Ltd, Glasgow, UK. 

2018, International Research Training Grant (£500), TU140 Adaptive Façade Network, COST Association, Belgium and University of Belgrade, Serbia.

2016, Tri-Campus Postgraduate Awards 2015/2016: Andrew Hendry Postgraduate Scholarship (£250), This is a prestigious award from the three international campuses of the University of Nottingham for students demonstrating excellence in research, publications, conference presentations, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

2015, Research paper presentation Grant - Conference publication (£1200), Conference: International PLEA Conference, 9-11 September 2015, Bologna, Italy. Graduate School and Architecture, Energy and Environment Research Group, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK.

2014, Jeffrey Cook Student Award – Research paper publication (£700), Conference: International PLEA Conference, 16-18 Dec 2014, Ahmedabad, India, Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), USA.

2013-1016, PhD Research Grant - Fully funded, Commonwealth PhD Scholarship in the UK (£85,000), Project title:
Improving the environmental condition of workspaces of multi-storey ready-made garment factories in Bangladesh, Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), UK.

2013, Research paper presentation Grant - Conference publication (£1100), Conference: International Conference: ICCEM 2013, 6-7 July 2013, Hong Kong - BUET, Bangladesh.

2012, International Research Training Fellowship (£1200), Project title: Training on Decentralized Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, WaterAid’, Bangladesh and CSE, India.

2010, Research Grant for MArch Research (£500), Project title: Study of illumination condition of production spaces with reference to the ready-made garments sector of Dhaka region, Bangladesh Committee for Advanced Studies and Research (CASR), BUET, Bangladesh and GIZ, Germany.

2009, BUET-GIZ Research grant for M.Arch Research (£800), Research project: “Promoting green architecture concept in textile and garment factories in Bangladesh”, GIZ, Germany.

Title of the Major Research Projects (MSc TA Course) supervised by Mohataz:
01. The Impact and Benefits of Introducing Indoor Plants in The Workplace to Improve Thermal Comfort during the Covid-19 era in the UK.
02. The Effect of Courtyard Design on Thermal Performance of Houses in an Extremely Hot Climate of Sultanate of Oman.
03. The Design of a Structural and Self-Irrigating Green Wall Module for Use in Biophilic Building Construction.

Staff-Student Research Project (SSRP):
This is collaborative research completed with an MSc TA student (Ms Stera Ahmad) funded by the Department of Natural and Built Environment.  The title of the project is:
'Understanding the advantages and limitations of using Augmented Reality (AR) to perceive a 3D architectural model during online communication'

 

List of Sponsors for the above research activities:
- Sheffield Hallam University, UK
- The University of Nottingham, UK
- Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC), UK
- Society of Building Science Educators (SBSE), USA
- GIZ, Germany.
- Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), Bangladesh
- WaterAid’, Bangladesh and CSE, India

 

Publications

Journal articles

Hossain, M., Weng, Z., Schiano-Phan, R., Scott, D., & Lau, B. (2020). Application of IoT and BEMS to Visualise the Environmental Performance of an Educational Building. Energies, 13 (15), 4009. http://doi.org/10.3390/en13154009

Hossain, M.M., Wilson, R., Lau, B., & Ford, B. (2019). Thermal comfort guidelines for production spaces within multi-storey garment factories located in Bangladesh. Building and Environment, 157, 319-345. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.buildenv.2019.04.048

Hossain, M., Lau, B., Wilson, R., & Ford, B. (2017). Effect of changing window type and ventilation strategy on indoor thermal environment of existing garment factories in Bangladesh. Architectural Science Review, 60 (4), 299-315. http://doi.org/10.1080/00038628.2017.1337557

Haque, A.N., Dodman, D., & Hossain, M.M. (2014). Individual, communal and institutional responses to climate change by low-income households in Khulna, Bangladesh. Environment and Urbanization, 26 (1), 112-129. http://doi.org/10.1177/0956247813518681

Hossain, M.M. (2010). To Conserve a Sacred Place: An Investigation on Moha Tirtha Langalbandh. Protibesh - Journal of the Department of architecture, 14 (1), 51-65.

Mohataz Hossain, M., & Shabbir Ahmed, K. (n.d.). Illumination Conditions and Visual Comfort in Production Spaces of Ready-Made Garments Factories in Dhaka. International Journal of Engineering and Technology, 587-592. http://doi.org/10.7763/ijet.2013.v5.623

Conference papers

Hossain, M.M., Lau, B., Wilson, R., & Ford, B. (2016). Air Temperature vs Energy Efficiency of Workspaces: A field investigation in garment factories during cool-dry season. In 15th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies: SET 2016, Singapore, 19 July 2016 - 22 July 2016.

Hossain, M.M., Lau, B., Wilson, R., & Brian, F. (2015). Evaluating Ventilation Performance of Work-Spaces in Ready-made Garment Factories: Three case studies in Bangladesh. In 31st International PLEA conference 2015, Bologna, Italy.

Hossain, M.M., Ford, B., & Lau, B. (2014). Improving Ventilation Condition of Labour-intensive Garment Factories in Bangladesh. In 30th International PLEA conference, Ahmedabad, India.

Kushol, S.A.S., Ahmed, K.S., Hossain, M.M., & Rahman, I. (2013). Effect of Street Morphology on Microclimate in Residential Areas Following FAR Rule in Dhaka City. In PLEA2013 – 29th Conference: Sustainable Architecture for a Renewable Future, Munich, Germany.

Hossain, M.M., & Ahmed, K.S. (2012). Illumination Condition and Work Efficiency in the Tropics: Study on production spaces of Ready-made garments factories in Dhaka. In The 28th International PLEA Conference, Lima, Peru.

Hossain, M.M., & Afsoon, N. (2012). Modernism and City Heritage: An Account of Architectural Features of the Building Facades at Old Dhaka, Bangladesh. In 5th Asian Congress of Architects: Architects Regional Council Asia (ARCASIA) Congress, Bali, Indonesia.

Hossain, M.M., & Ahmed, K.S. (2012). Towards Performance-Based Design: Scope of Using Computer-Based Lighting Simulation Tool for Designing Efficient Luminaire Layout of a Production Space in Context of Dhaka Region, Bangladesh. In The 26th International Conference “European Simulation and Modelling Conference”, Essen, Germany.

Mojumder, S.A.U., Hossain, M.M., Haider, M.T., & Monsur, M. (2012). Towards Formalizing New Objectivity in First Year Design Education in Architecture. In The International Seminar on ‘Architecture: Education, Practice and Research, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Hossain, M.M., & Haque, A.N. (2011). Informal Sector Water Utility Management: Potential Urban-Slum Upgradation Policies in Bangladesh. In CERIE 2011, Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Hossain, M.M., & Afsoon, N. (2011). Learning from Islamic Heritage: An Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Mughal Buildings in Dhaka. In Conference on Engineering Research, Innovation and Education 2011 (CERIE 2011).

Hossain, M.M. (2010). Sustainable Approaches to Ensure Construction Safety: An Assessment on the Scopes of Health and Environmental Safety (HES) Management in Context of Dhaka City. In 2nd International Conference on ‘Construction in Developing Countries: Advancing and Integrating Construction Education, Research and Practice 2010’ (ICCIDC-II 2010), Cairo, Egypt.

Hossain, M.M. (2010). Towards Sustainable Urban Environment: An Investigation on the Relationship between Electrical Energy Consumption and Urban Morphology in Context of Dhaka. In 2nd International Conference on ‘Sustainable Architecture and Urban Development 2010’ (SAUD 2010), Amman, Jordan.

Hossain, M.M. (2010). Effects of Green Roof Concept on Residential Apartment Buildings in Context of Dhaka City. In Conference on ‘Engineering Research, Innovation and Education 2010’, (CERIE 2010), Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Hossain, M.M. (2010). Daylight Inclusion to Save Energy: An Observation on Luminous Environment of Residential Apartment Building in Context of Dhaka. In Conference on ‘Engineering Research, Innovation and Education 2010’, (CERIE 2010), Sylhet, Bangladesh.

Hossain, M.M., & Fatemi, N. (2009). Promoting ‘Off the Grid’ School: Application of RET to Develop Educational Infrastructure in Bangladesh. In 1st International Conference on the Development in Renewable Energy Technology: ICDRET 2009, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Hossain, M.M., Lau, B., Wilson, R., & Ford, B. (2016). Improving Thermal Performance of Workspaces: Ventilation design strategies for existing garment factories in Bangladesh. In 32nd International PLEA Conference, Los Angeles, USA, 11 July 2016 - 13 July 2016.

Book chapters

Vulic, M., Dzombic, N., Spanodimitriou, Y., & Hossain, M.M. (2018). Retrofitting Office Building: Beogradjanka. In Dissemination, Future Research and Education: Adaptive Facade Network. TU Delft Open: http://tu1403.eu/wp-content/uploads/Vol-3-3_for-web-Open-Access_9789463661126.pdf

Haque, A.N., Dorman, D., & Hossain, M.M. (2018). Case study 6.4: Individual, communal and institutional responses to climate change by low-income households in Khulna, Bangladesh. In Climate Change and Cities Second Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network. Cambridge University Press

Internet Publications

Hossain, M.M. (2021). No sweat: easy ways to cool Bangladesh garment factories. https://www.ribaj.com/intelligence/cooling-bangladesh-garment-factories-presidents-awards-for-research-shortlist

Posters

Hossain, M.M., Wilson, R., Lau, B., & Ford, B. (2019). Improving Workspace Environment Through Changing Design Strategies in Clothing Factories. Presented at: CIBSE Technical Symposium, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Hossain, M.M. (2016). Getting over overheating: regaining comfort for our clothing workers. Presented at: Research Showcase, Nottingham, UK

Hossain, M.M. (2015). Passive Design in workspace: is it all just hot air? Presented at: Research Showcase, Nottingham. UK

Other publications

Hossain, M.M. (2018). Application of the IES-VE simulation tool in quantifying the indoor environmental benefits of retrofitting a garment factory: A case study in the tropical climate. https://www.iesve.com/discoveries/article/7390/mg-award-winner-case-study%E2%80%8B%E2%80%8B

Other activities

Mohataz has the Academic Adviser Lead of the Architecture Subject Group at Sheffield Hallam University. He is also involved in recruitment and interviews duties at SHU. In addition to academic duties, Mohataz has been also involved in the following external scholarly activities since 2017:

2021, Keynote speaker and panellist: NET ZERO Virtual Conference, 10-11 March 2021. Presentation Title: The Role of Academia Embracing the Impacts and Action Towards Climate Change and Net Zero Development. Organisation: The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), UAE.

2020- present, Manuscript and Journal article reviewer - MDPI.
Journals titles:
'Energies': https://www.mdpi.com/journal/energies
'Sustainability': https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability
'Sensors': https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sensors

2019-2020, Technical Reviewer: CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2020
https://www.cibse.org/technical-symposium-2020/2020-scientific-committee

2017-2018, Organising committee member - NEP II Symposium 2017, The University of Westminster.

Postgraduate supervision

2021- present, Student name: Veronica Rochas, PhD project title: 'Urban Ecosystems and Sustainable Social Housing in Chile'
Team: Dr Cristina Cerulli, (Director of Studies), Co-supervisors Dr Karam Al-Obaidi and Dr Mohataz Hossain

 

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