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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

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. & Durosaiye, I. O. (eds.). WIT Press, Vol. 193. 8 p. (WIT Transactions on The Built Environment).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • The Potential of Assistive Technologies in Facilitating Better Health and Social Care in China

    Hadjri, K., Gadakari, T., Huang, J. & Durosaiye, I., 2020, In : The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society. 16, 2, p. 15-33 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Role of Housing Design in Achieving Aging in Place in China

    Hadjri, K., Gadakari, T., Huang, J. & Durosaiye, I., 26 Oct 2019, In : The Journal of Aging and Social Change. 9, 4, p. 51-75 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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
  • 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
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    • 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)

  • India-Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarship

    Tulika Gadakari (Recipient), 1 Sep 2009

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • PhD Scholarship Research Grant

    Tulika Gadakari (Recipient), 1 Feb 2011

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively