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Dr Montazami is an Architect specialising in Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) with over 10 years professional and academic experience. Dr Montazami completed a Masters degree in Architecture and renewable energies (distinction) at IAUT in 2004 and a second Masters in Energy and Suitability in Architecture (distinction) in 2006 at London Metropolitan University. She received her PhD in ‘Classrooms’ Indoor Environment’ from the same University in 2012.


Dr Azadeh Montazami is best known as a leading expert on thermal comfort, overheating, indoor environmental quality and resilience in Architecture and sustainable principles in buildings related to future climate change. Since 2013, she has served on the Department for Education (DfE) Advisory Board revising school design guidelines and has also collaborated with the DfE Climate Change Adaptation Working Group since 2018. Some of her works have been taken on board by the DfE in their revisions of school design guidelines. Dr Montazami has undertaken a range of consultancy roles on joint projects between Coventry University and various enterprises, which have provided her with an in-depth knowledge of children’s wellbeing with relation to Indoor Environmental Quality. Her recent work signifies the role of occupants’ behaviour in controlling classrooms’ indoor environment through ventilation, and consequently reduces the prevalence Covid-19.        


Dr Montazami joined Coventry University in 2012 and since then has published 38 publications including high reputation journals. She has supervised 6 PhD students to completion and 2 research assistants. She has been active in different academic roles, such as peer reviewer of quality journals, external examiner, British Council peer reviewer, member of professional institutes, chairing international conferences and has also been invited for keynote speeches.


Area of Expertise:

1-     Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Design, Passivhaus

2-     Thermal comfort, indoor air quality, end-user perception,

3-     Climate responsive buildings design

4-     Building Thermal Modelling

5-     Low carbon technologies and healthy indoor environments

Vision Statement


My research aims to employ my knowledge and expertise to help improve classrooms’ indoor environment to provide a better life not only for UK students, but also students around the world in the context of uncertain future (fuel poverty, global warming and Covid 19). The health and performance of students and teachers are influenced by the internal environment of school buildings. Providing good environmental conditions with minimum energy usage has always been a concern in school design guidelines. For various reasons, however, these conditions are not always easily achieved. By incorporating international dimensions into teaching, scholarship and especially research, I endeavour to advance science to find affordable, sustainable solutions appropriate to their settings.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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