I am a Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Construction and BIM at the Department of Design, Engineering & Mathematics, School of Science and Technology. I have also been an Honorary Research Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL since 2006. I joined Middlesex University in March 2017 from Bartlett, UCL where I had received my PhD and was involved in various research, consultancy, enterprise and teaching activities since 2001. A current example of which can be viewed here: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/bartlett/energy/news/2017/jun/ucl-energy-high-rise-buildings-energy-and-density-research-project-results
Prior to that I worked as a registered architect and project manager on a variety of projects in the Middle East such as residential, heritage and retail. I have extensive industry experience in applied research and city design policy and practice in the built environment in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. My academic and professional consultancy experience has focused on bringing together theory and practice in evidence-informed approach in architectural and urban design.
I was part of the delivery team of Building Information Modeling (BIM) Level 3 strategy with the UK Government department of Business Innovation and Skills, contributing to the Digital Built Britain government strategy document launched by the UK Government early 2015. I am experienced in developing, managing and co-ordinating research and programme grant proposals. While at UCL I worked as Knowledge Exchange Associate collaborating with Autodesk investigating BIM data throughout project life cycle with a focus on Facility Management and Space Syntax. My PhD is on Architectural and Urban Studies, where I focused on the transformations of urban layouts and housing built forms using GIS and archetypal modelling. I trained as an architect and have years of experience in applied research and practice in the built environment. That includes working with Space Syntax Limited as a Senior Consultant for seven years, through which I specialized in spatial analysis and observational/surveys of buildings and urban spaces in relation to their environmental performances and from users’ perspective.
I enthusiasticly support the vision that architecture and urbanism, when mutually reinforced, become a means to validate the social, political, and ecological consequences of design. Built and lived environment exists to aid human social, environmental and financial well-being and should be driven by owners, operators and users requirements. I believe at present, the fragmentation of teaching, research and professional practice in these different areas has a profound impact on the way architectural and urban studies are perceived.
Here at Middlesex I am part of the team for BSc Architectural Technology and MSc BIM Management programmes. I am Module Leader for various modules such as Design Analysis & Sustainability; Business Processes & Procurement Mangement; Professional Skills, Ethics & Building Regulations and contribute to Strategic BIM module through supervision of theses.
My main research interest lies in applied date-driven research and the interface between industry practice and academic thinking in the Built Environment. I worked on a collaborative research proposal between UCL and Oxford University on the relationship between building and educational performance of schools. I also worked on the recently EPSRC awarded project on High Rise Buildings; Density and Energy project.
I have significant research management and applied research portfolio with experience of applying for research funding, conference presentation, stakeholder and participatory methods. In 2014, I was involved as research co-investigator and co-ordinator in a recent programme grant proposal (Performance Improvements of Built Environment Assets) of over £7 million involving UCL, Cambridge and Reading universities where I was responsible for the management of the proposal between universities and industry stakeholders as well making input in the formation and development of the proposal.
Al Bunni, Asem and Shayesteh, Homeira (2019) Refurbishment of UK school buildings: challenges of improving energy performance using BIM. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science , 294 (1). pp. 1-20. ISSN 1755-1307 (Published online first)
Godoy-Shimizu, Daniel and Steadman, Philip and Hamilton, Ian and Donn, Michael and Evans, Stephen and Moreno, Graciela and Shayesteh, Homeira (2018) Energy use and height in office buildings. Building Research & Information , 46 (8). pp. 845-863. ISSN 0961-3218
Al-Bunni, Asem and Shayesteh, Homeira (2018) An investigation into the energy performance of school buildings refurbished through Salix funding. In: SEEDS 2018: 4th International SEEDS Conference 2018 Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society, 06-07 Sept 2018, Dublin, Ireland.
Hamilton, Ian and Evans, Stephen and Steadman, Philip and Godoy-Shimizu, Daniel and Donn, Michael and Shayesteh, Homeira and Moreno, Graciela (2017) All the way to the top! The energy implications of building tall cities. Energy Procedia , 122 . pp. 493-498. ISSN 1876-6102
Shayesteh, Homeira and Steadman, Philip (2016) Typo-morphological analysis of housing layout and density in Tehran. In: Urban Change in Iran: Stories of Rooted Histories and Ever-accelerating Developments. Arefian, Fatemeh Farnaz and Moini, Seyed Hossein Iradj , eds. The Urban Book Series . Springer, pp. 187-204. ISBN 9783319261133
Through my tenure at UCL I have been involved with varioius funded research projects such as Active Buildings, BIM-FM and High-rise Buildings Energy and Density.
I won an EPSRC grant to work as Knowledge Exchange Associate, collaborating and forging links with Autodesk to create a joint research venture investigating BIM (Building Information Modelling) data throughout project life cycle with a focus on Operational Management and Space Syntax.
I have been an honorary reserahc fellow at UCL since 2006.
I also served as a Governor (2013-2017) of a Primary School in Central London where I contributed to the UK primary education through setting strategic direction for the school and being member of Curriculum& Standards and Finance & Resources committees.