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Tulika is an architect specialising in intelligent building technologies, age-friendly design and sustainable architecture. Having graduated as an Architect (2008) from India she went on to secure a Master’s degree (2010) with distinction in sustainable architecture from the University of Sheffield. Tulika completed her PhD (2014) from the University of Wolverhampton in building intelligence and sustainability studies.

Her research interests predominantly lie in using intelligent building technologies as a means of promoting ageing-in-place and achieving energy-efficient, cost-effective and socially sustainable spaces. Through her research she explores varied themes like:

  • Inclusive design (physical, sensory, cognitive)
  • Design for health, well-being, comfort and productivity
  • Sustainable design strategies
  • Impacts of intelligent building technologies on users (physical, cultural, socio-economic)
  • Energy performance gap
  • Development of building rating systems

Prior to joining Coventry University, Tulika was a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, who researched, managed and delivered a €1 million, ESRC-funded, Euro-China collaborative project that worked with people over the traditional retirement age of 60, with a particular focus on the over 80s, to find new and innovative ways of adapting a person’s home so that they can live independently for longer and avoid going into residential care. The ODESSA project was a collaborative research venture between the University of Sheffield and University of Central Lancashire, UK; Tsinghua University in Beijing, China; and Université Paris Dauphine in Paris, France.

While at the University of Sheffield, Tulika taught on the MSc Sustainable Architecture Studies course and other RIBA Part1 and Part2 courses. She has also held teaching and research positions at the University of Central Lancashire and Wolverhampton, and worked in practice for several years. She has also trained and worked as a bid developer, funding opportunities expert and research project manager.


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Research Output 2014 2020

The Development and Validation of an Ontology of Intelligent Buildings

Gadakari, T. & Mushatat, S., Jan 2020, Global Dwelling : Approaches to sustainability, design and participation. Hadjri, K. & Madrazo, L. (eds.). WIT Press, Vol. (In-press). p. (In-press) 8 p. (WIT Transactions on State-of-the-art in Science and Engineering).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Intelligent buildings
Knowledge management

Age-Friendly Housing Environments

Hadjri, K., Gadakari, T., Huang, J. & Wang, J., 1 Feb 2018, ODESSA: Optimising Care Delivery Models to Support Ageing-in-Place. University of Sheffield, p. 14-19 6 p. Work Package 4

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
world population
fertility rate
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Designing Residential Buildings for Older People in China to Promote Ageing-in-place

Gadakari, T., Wang, J., Hadjri, K. & Huang, J., 1 Sep 2018, In : Asian Journal of Quality of Life. 3, 13, p. 18-28 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Aging of materials

Scenario Building and Evaluation for Older People in China

Hadjri, K., Gadakari, T., Huang, J. & Wang, J., 2018, ODESSA: Optimising Care Delivery Models to Support Ageing-in-Place. University of Sheffield, p. 29-32 4 p. Work Package 6 - Part 2

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

Open Access
aging population
environment friendly

Exploring the effect of smart home technologies and age-friendly design on older people in Germany and UK

Gadakari, T. & Herz, A-L., 2017, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Activities 2013 2017

  • 2 Participation in conference

3rd ABRA International Conference on Quality of Life

Tulika Gadakari (Speaker)
14 Oct 201716 Oct 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

6th Ajman International Urban Planning Conference

Tulika Gadakari (Organising Committee)
2013 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference


Best Paper Award: 1st Runners Up

Tulika Gadakari (Recipient), 15 Oct 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Aging of materials

India-Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship

Tulika Gadakari (Recipient), 1 Sep 2009

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Intelligent buildings
Energy efficiency

PhD Scholarship Research Grant

Tulika Gadakari (Recipient), 1 Feb 2011

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively