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Dr Yufan Zhang is an architect. She carried out her PhD in the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. Her PhD work was focused on occupants’ comfort and behaviour and how they use environmental control strategies to modify their internal environment. In January 2008, she joined Salford University as a Research Fellow, conducting research on a variety of issues related to ‘realising value in use’ of the built environment. This involves the identification of international good practice, linking this to evidence from applied activities in order to develop a stronger evidence base to better understand the characteristics of beneficial spaces for users, especially in the design and refurbishment of schools. In July 2015, she started her work as a senior research fellow in IDL. Her main research area focused on a holistic view identifying healthcare building and space characteristics that relate to the occupants’ health outcome and well beings.
My research area from the design point of view is to take a multi-dimensional, holistic analysis of the built environment (BE) within which humans live and sought to discover and explain the impacts on human well-being and performance; from the end-user point of view, I look at the design strategies with an intention not only to maximize the occupants’ benefits but also to minimize the buildings’ energy consumption, that is, despite the well intention of designers, how the end users actually perceive the building, how users really use it accordingly, and how the building performs in real usage etc. The latest project HEAD (Holistic Evidence and Design, EPSRC funded) focused on the school and classroom environmental design and its impact on pupils' learning progress. The findings of all projects have been published in many peer reviewed academic journals. One of them turned out to be the most downloaded article in Journal 'Building and Environment' and won the 'Best Paper Award' in 2013.
Zhang, Y., Tzortzopoulos, P. and Kagioglou, M. (2017) ‘How evidence-based design supports better value generation for end-users’. In: 25th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction, 9th-12th July 2017, Heraklion, Greece , pp. 579-586
Zhang, Y., Barrett, P., Davies, F. and Barrett, L. (2016) ‘A field survey on the indoor environmental quality of the UK primary school classroom’ British Journal of School Nursing , 11 (10), pp. 492-496. ISSN 1752-2803
Zhang, Y., Tzortzopoulos, P. and Kagioglou, M. (2016) ‘Evidence-Based Design in Healthcare: A Lean Perspective With an Emphasis on Value Generation’ Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction , pp. 53-62.
Barrett, P., Davies, F., Zhang, Y. and Barrett, L. (2016) ‘The Holistic Impact of Classroom Spaces on Learning in Specific Subjects’ Environment and Behavior . ISSN 0013-9165
Tzortzopoulos, P., Zhang, Y. and Formoso, C. (2016) Managing Complex Social Housing Urban Redevelopment Projects through Improved Project Management and Value Generation. Book of Abstracts . : University of Huddersfield Press. ISBN 978-1-86218-137-3
Zhang, Y (2016) ‘A holistic view of healthcare buildings and its impact on occupant's wellbeing’. In: Managing Complex Social Housing Urban Redevelopment Projects through Improved Project Management and Value Generation. Book of Abstracts.British Council Researcher Links Workshop. Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil: University of Huddersfield Press. pp. 37-38. ISBN 978-1-86218-137-3
Tzortzopoulos, P. and Zhang, Y. (2016) Managing Complex Social Housing Urban Redevelopment Projects through Improved Project Management and Value Generation . Huddersfield: University of Huddersfield Press. ISBN 978-1-86218-137-3
Barrett, P., Barrett, L. and Zhang, Y. (2015) ‘Teachers' views of their primary school classrooms’ Intelligent Buildings International , 8 (3), pp. 176-191. ISSN 1750-8975
Barrett, P., Davies, F., Zhang, Y. and Barrett, L. (2015) ‘The impact of classroom design on pupils' learning: Final results of a holistic, multi-level analysis’ Building and Environment , 89, pp. 118-133. ISSN 03601323
My background is architecture and design-based research. I am especially interested in PhD students who want to work in the area of (a) indoor environmental quality (IEQ); (b) passive design and its impact; (c) occupants well being and performance. The student will work on a planned strategy and time schedule, starting from the literature review, building case identification, method to collect the data, e.g. site observation, physical measurement, questionnaire survey, interview etc. with my supervision along the whole process.