Dr Efi Spentzou DipArchEng, MSc, PhD
Lecturer in Architecture and Design Management
Part A Year Tutor AEDM
Eftychia (Efi) is a fully qualified Architect (DipArchEng), and graduated with first class honours in 2009 from the University of the Thessaly, Volos. She completed an MSc (Distinction) in Low Carbon Building Design & Modelling at Loughborough University in 2010, the dissertation for which involved the evaluation of passive downdraught evaporative cooling (PDECt) to domestic buildings in the Mediterranean using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling.
Upon completion of her undergraduate and postgraduate (MSc) studies, Eftychia worked for a year in industry as the principal architect on a series of housing developments in Greece. She had responsibility for the design of new-builds (e.g. detached family houses and holiday accommodation), in addition to building extensions and apartment building refurbishments.
Subsequently, Eftychia returned to Loughborough University to conduct research for a PhD (building energy research group) in the development and evaluation of natural ventilation strategies, applied to typical domestic buildings within the Mediterranean; aiming to reduce energy consumption and improve occupants’ comfort, using dynamic thermal modelling (DTM) and CFD tools.
Eftychia began teaching at postgraduate level in 2011 for sustainable design modules, which included the use of modelling software, and she developed coursework briefs and teaching material. She has also successfully supervised multiple postgraduate student MSc research dissertations, in the areas of natural ventilation and construction management. Currently, Eftychia is teaching core architectural modules to AEDM and BEng/MEng Civil Engineering students, including: Architectural Detailing; Architectural Drawing & Representation; and Integraded Sustainable Building Design.
Broad interests and expertise
Paper review for: Journal of Building Performance Simulation; Building Services Engineering Research and Technology
2009-present: Registered Architect, Technical Chamber of Greece
Eftychia’s research currently addresses the important link between architecture, sustainability, building physics and modelling techniques. Her research interest involves: the design and implementation of low carbon designs within the urban environment; the airflow and thermal modelling techniques employed to evaluate natural ventilation; the exploration of ways to deliver summer comfort in existing domestic buildings; as well as the implications for architectural building design in response to low energy refurbishments.
Further interests include the human, building and environment interaction within free running spaces and building information modelling (BIM).