Tulika Gadakari


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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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